• Ban those obnoxious media, political and cultural phrases

    If you’re a political and media junkie, you know one truth: Your head starts to spin after a while — even more than the political spinners you see every day on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN — due to obnoxious, trite and overused phrases that …

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  • The bold choice

    With the election slipping away like a handful of mercury on a turbocharged merry-go-round, Mitt Romney managed to change the conversation from unreleased tax returns and foreign misadventures by plucking Paul Ryan out of the Wisconsin wilds to be his running mate. “Romney-Ryan.” Short, alliterative …

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  • A grandmother next door

    I opened the can and took a big breath through my nose. There was nothing quite like the smell of barbecue Charles Chips. I sure loved those chips as a boy; they were delivered like milk to the house and replenished into that metal can …

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  • Immigrant welfare abuse hits Americans’ wallets

    Pulling into town soon-maybe where you live will be the UndocuBus, the so called “Ride for Justice.” In a shameless exhibition of United States immigration law flouting, the bus has emblazoned on its side “Sin papels, sin miedo” (“without papers, without fear”). According to its …

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  • How to live well in retirement

    Are you concerned about being able to pay for a secure and happy retirement? The good news is that there are many costs that retirees typically don’t face, such as commuting to their job, buying a business wardrobe or saving for their children’s college tuition. …

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  • Do you ever wish you could get other people to change?

    Who hasn’t wished that their boss, spouse or in-laws would change? We’d love to possess a magic change potion we could give the offender to help them see the error of their ways. We delude ourselves into believing that our desire is not for our …

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  • The Bank of Franklin misses “Bank Holiday”

    On March 6, 1933, after a month-long run on U.S. banks, President Roosevelt proclaimed a “Bank Holiday” which lasted until March 13. For seven days, the nation was without a banking system. While the banks were closed, Congress passed the Emergency Banking Act, which included …

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  • Remembering Gene Kelly

    Thursday marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy’s guy who — along with Fred Astaire — is the only male who ever left me (momentarily) wishing I could dance. I’ve always felt a kinship with …

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  • Fat, love and money

    There’s only a handful of subjects that will get just about everybody’s attention in the U.S. The three biggest are how to lose weight, how to find love and how to get rich. All of them are billion dollar industries that often seem to be …

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  • Romney’s Ryan reset: For victory or defeat?

    It seems symbolic that Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan drove the famous Oscar Meyer Weinermobile when he was a teen. Unlike people who gleefully show their buns on San Diego’s Mission Beach, the Weinermobile was created by Oscar Meyer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, in 1936, …

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  • Ryan’s ‘youthful vigor’ won’t slow GOP death march

    As Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate over the weekend, the Beltway chattering class was quick to trumpet the supposed “youthful vigor” Paul Ryan’s selection would inject in a campaign troubled by a summer of Olympic-size gaffes and sinking poll numbers. In the …

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  • Barack Obama Election-Year Decathlon

    Planetary props to the city of London for a monumentally memorable 30th Olympiad. It was obvious from the opening ceremonies these would be games nobody would soon forget. From the queen jumping out of a helicopter to Charles Dickens wearing a top hat at Stonehenge …

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