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jtaylor's picture
Monday, January 28, 2008 - 11:48am

Now it all makes sense, why very little is accomplished in Congress or state legislatures. Consider these:



  • Why can't Congress and the President seemingly ever agree and smoothly push through an important bill? Hill watchers proclaim: They lack a working relationship. What happened to the old 5/10? Smile and make eye contact at 10 feet and exchange a pleasantry at five feet? (And remember, a mere several decades ago, bachelor lawmakers would regularly dine at households of married lawmakers of the other party -- food, chat, collaboration anyone?)

wholderman's picture
Monday, January 28, 2008 - 10:41am

Bob Newhart has written a New York Times Bestseller called " 'I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This' and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny". In it he recalls a time when he was a salesperson at a tobacco products store. A customer came in and made a very sizeable order. Bob did not recognize him and asked for his name and pertinent information. Well, it turned out to be a guy named Anthony "Big Tuna" Accardo, the reputed head of the Chicago mob, which was known as "the outfit".


jtaylor's picture
Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 3:41pm

Instead of a countdown to the start of baseball spring training, I should have launched a countdown to the day Bob Sillen would get fired from his nearly two year job of overseeing the health care overhaul of the California prison system.


jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:26am

It's time for a rant. A few years back, I wrote an op-ed for the Fresno Bee complaining about how the phrase "you're welcome" -- when a good deed brings thanks -- had been replaced with "no problem."


The other day I got a marketing letter from a financial adviser named Ken Fisher that began: "One sentence about myself."  If I can't trust his literacy, how could I give him my cash?  Wall Street Journal editorial writer Collin Levy agreed in a Jan. 14 op-ed with the headline, "Me, Myself and I." 


wholderman's picture
Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:15pm

Each time my sons come to visit, sometime before they depart, they ask me this question......they are 30 and 28.....I love it! They're not too old to have 'ole Mom rub their backs. It may seem "gross" to some, but it's special to me and as my one son says, "see Mom, we're spending some quality time together".