Taxpayers on strike

December 10, 2009 As a sign of the end of the Great Recession or as the heralding of the roots of the next one Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s investment bank are set to hand out 30 billion in combined bonuses to employees this year. The companies are referring to them as earned but let’s call it what it is.

Question: Who does AARP really serve?

December 9, 2009 The AARP used to be known as the American Association of Retired Persons. For years it has presented itself as advocacy group dedicated to the best interests of America’s senior citizens.We have to wonder, though, just whom the organization really serves.

Wolf turned out to sheep pen

December 9, 2009 “On some level Huckabee knows this. He’s a smart man; and all the psychological neutralization in the world doesn’t change the fact his pen stroke became homicidal gunshots. Alone at night, just before sleep, he knows.” 

Transformation of man

December 8, 2009 The end of the year is upon us — a fine time for a fellow to dwell on the larger matters.Such as this: Why are men turning into a bunch of softies?I’ve been following this transformation for some time.In the late ’90s, the covers of men’s magazines began producing headlines nearly identical to women’s magazines: “Ten tips to remove that flab and win her attention!”In 2003, I reported on the emergence of the “metrosexual” male — “straight urban men who are willing, even eager, to embrace their feminine sides,” said The New York Times.

Holiday idea tips

December 8, 2009 I have no idea where most of 2009 went. It’s rather hard to believe there are 17 days to Christmas, but then again I say that year after year. Since Christmas is the same day each year, no one can really say it snuck up on us. I’m always looking for a few time-saving tips for the holidays, and here are a few I thought I’d share with all of you:• My mom uses her lunch hour to run Christmas shopping errands. She also brings all her wrapping paper, tape, tags, etc., to her office so on the days she’s not out shopping, she can wrap gifts and doesn’t fall behind.

In need of a ‘Makeover’?

December 7, 2009 After six years ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” looks like it’s the one in need of a makeover. The Dr. Brian Wofford family of California is one of many families at risk of losing their homes since being helped by the TV show that finds a “deserving” family and replaces their old home with a new one. Their story was featured last week as one of Yahoo.com’s top stories.

Angels sing — or maybe not

December 4, 2009 ’Twas the nightmare before Christmas late last month for Michael Stratechuk of Maplewood, N.J., when a federal appeals court upheld a local school district policy barring religious music from school events during the holiday season.

They all discovered America

December 3, 2009 Charles Michael Boland got it right in his 1961 book “They All Discovered America” (Doubleday & Co., New York).Not everything right, but overall, Boland hits the nail on the head with his meticulous research, excellent writing and knowledge of the numerous discoverers (before Columbus) of this land now called America, or Americas actually (North and South).