Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Generation Gasp

Monday, April 15, 2013


Last year, student loans in the U.S. topped the one-trillion-dollar mark. March's jobless rate fell just one-tenth of one percent (to 7.6%) from the prior month. Commented Bloomberg/Businessweek, "A hot start to the year has faded with a poor March jobs report, as labor force participation fell to its lowest level in 34 years."

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Saturday, March 30, 2013


Claire's solo column last Saturday, concerning the new pope, created quite a stir. In fact, it drew more comments than any other dozen of our columns combined. Most of the feedback was positive, applauding her position that with the Catholic Church, the more things change the more they remain the same.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

There's been a whole lot of hubbub surrounding the election and inauguration of the new Pope. And with good reason, I suppose; Pope Francis is a pretty progressive guy. At least, he's considered progressive in the Bermuda Triangle that is time in the Catholic Church, mostly because he deigns to ride in cars with other people rather than sit alone in his papal car like all the previous old fogies.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Are blockbusters a thing of the past? I don't mean the movie rental stores. I'm talking about the Big Movies. You know the ones: the movies that everyone - and I mean everyone - was talking about, not only in the month of their release, but for months before and afterwards. I'm talking about "Psycho," "Jaws," "Star Wars." I'm talking about movies that were not only enormously entertaining, but movies that were also game changers. Movies that changed the way we thought about movies.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


If all the drama of the Blade Runner case were packed into a movie, the audience would emerge grumbling about how unrealistic the story was. Even "Dexter" never got more complicated than this saga of murder and mayhem.

First came the startling news story about the Saint Valentine's Day shooting by Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius of his supermodel mistress. The footless flyer pumped four shots through his bathroom door, then claimed he thought he was shooting at an intruder. So far the Johannesburg prosecutors and police aren't buying it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Recently, the food company Nestle and grocery stores in the U.K. were forced to recall much of their meat and meat-containing meals. The reason? The meat was labeled "beef," but actually contained large percentages of horsemeat. Some as much as 100 percent. Sure, some people eat horsemeat on purpose, but other people are less enthused about the surprise in their mystery meat.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


"I pity the poor immigrant, who wishes he would have stayed home." - Bob Dylan

As I write this, the President's State of the Union Address is still in the near future. I feel safe in assuming that one of the issues that will loom large in his remarks will be immigration.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Last week we saw and heard the last hurrah of Hilary Clinton. Stepping down from four hard years as Obama's first Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton handed several smug GOP senators a hard one-two punch, as she swung back at their silly accusations about the Benghazi embassy attack. She pounded her fist on the table and interrupted their inane blather. I was proud of her and will miss her on the national scene. I slept better while she was the head of the State Department.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Fox's new television show "The Following" premiered this week. The drama is about a serial killer, recently escaped from prison, who amasses a cult following of fellow serial killers to carry out his every command. I missed the premier, but I have been a fan of Showtime's series "Dexter" for years, and it got me thinking: why do we want to love serial killers so much?