Category: news

In honor of her jubilee, enjoy these candid & rare QE2 photos

Queen Elizabeth II just celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, an historically unprecedented 70 years on the British throne. That’s almost three-quarters of a century. Contemplate that for a moment. I posted on the occasion of her 65th Sapphire Jubilee in 2017 about how I feel about this great lady. This said it all, so I saw... Read more »

No William Shatner, I don’t need to go into space

All of the sudden, regular civilians are going up into space. Well not really “regular” folks in the way most of us are, but people who are not trained astronauts. Mostly billionaires and classic TV icons so far, but expect that to change in coming years as space travel finally gets commercialized. My maternal grandmother... Read more »

Well done Michael Collins, the “other guy” on the Apollo 11 moon mission

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, & Buzz Aldrin Is it just me, or did the death of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins last week at age 90 seem to be little more than a blip on the media’s radar? I caught a blurb about it somewhere but it swiftly seemed to fizzle as a news story.... Read more »
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Some rare good news out of D.C. that got lost in all the craziness

There was a story that came out early last week that got buried and lost amid the avalanche of negativity coming out of Washington, one that bodes well for American consumers and has been a long time coming. Congress passed and President Trump signed a bipartisan law that will protect patients from unexpected bills from... Read more »

My lifelong infatuation with "Hollywood" Harry is over

Prince Harry, my 35-year honeymoon with you is over. Next to the queen, you were this Anglophile’s favorite royal. I supported you when you went public with your private grief. I cheered you when you married for love. I even tentatively supported you when you and Meghan announced you were “stepping back” as senior British... Read more »

Olivia de Havilland, last Old Hollywood star, was much more than Melanie Wilkes

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s, passed away over the weekend at the age of 104. Most of the headlines went something like this one in the New York Times: “Olivia de Havilland, a Star of Gone With the Wind, Dies at 104” If your knowledge... Read more »
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Is the Karen moniker more sexist than funny?

Count me among those who don’t find the “Karen” designation amusing. I think it’s sexist, anti-woman, and even dangerous. When I first learned of this social media trend, which has even been adopted by the regular media, particularly the tabloid press, a Karen was defined as a white woman who calls the police on black... Read more »

Let’s give it up to the brave journalists on the streets

The events and images of the past several weeks, coming on the heels of an extended lockdown and in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, have left Americans reeling. In all the madness, I want to give props to a group of people that is getting largely overlooked in all the protesting... Read more »

Support your local businesses: Wear a mask

            In the pro-mask versus anti-mask war, I stand somewhere in the middle. In late March, when almost no one was wearing a mask in public, I went out a couple times wearing one and got funny looks from other shoppers, who assumed I must be sick. Now you’re likely... Read more »
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Payment Status Not Available: What the news media isn’t telling you about stimulus payments

The above image has become a daily, familiar, and vexing sight to many including myself. Millions of eligible Americans have still seen no stimulus money even though the government began distributing the payments almost two weeks ago. When the mainstream news media covers this problem at all, it tends to cover only one small part... Read more »