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Eyes on the Prize

A recent report in Variety, based on the latest stats from Nielsen, started with this: "Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC, and HLN." It's become an annual year-end story, one you might not read about in your local…

Don’t Let the Door Hit You, 2013

As always, some bad guys got a real blast of karma in 2013. The monster Ariel Castro, who imprisoned and tortured three girls for a decade in Cleveland, was sentenced to life in prison. It turned out to be a very short sentence, as Castro hanged himself after just one month. Another villain who got…

Why Christmas Matters

In 1870, President Grant signed a law making Christmas Day a federal holiday, a national day of celebration. Congress overwhelmingly voted to make that happen and Grant understood that this was not a trivial gesture. The nation remained deeply divided in the aftermath of the Civil War and the federal government was looking for ways…

Merry Christmas, 1913

One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, a website called MyHeritage recently put together a list of most asked for gifts by children who lived back then. Here are the top five requests: – Candy – Nuts – Rocking Horse – Doll – Mittens Modest, to…

Fleeing TV

Marketing surveys now show that when Americans come home from work, more folks turn on their computers than their television sets. That is a first. The reason is twofold: first you can create your own world on your PC, and secondly TV is awful. Flat out awful. For years, television has been losing viewers because…

The Technology of Nature

(Anguilla, the British West Indies) So here's the setting: the warm azure-colored water of Maundy's Bay sliding up and down bright soft sand. In the distance, the islands of St. Maarten and Saba can be seen. The blue sky overhead is dotted with huge white clouds that bob along propelled by a warm breeze. IT…

The French Way

Readers of The New York Times must have been confused the other day when the paper ran an article entitled: "Under Strain, France Examines Its Safety Net." Because The Times is ultra-liberal on its editorial page, pretty much advocating for every entitlement possible, the hard news story seemed somewhat out-of-place. It chronicled the enormous benefits…

The Kids are Amazing

For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here. More than a few times,…