Politics

What, me worry? / White House photo, United States Government works license

Obama and Saudi Arabia are last weekend’s trendsetters

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 24, 2014 — Two unrelated stories over the weekend have little significance for world affairs, but they say much about global trends that are winning out over common sense. Now that President Barack Obama has declared himself King of the United States, it looks as though he would like to rule the world

What, me worry? / White House photo, United States Government works license

Obama and Saudi Arabia are last weekend’s trendsetters

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 24, 2014 — Two unrelated stories over the weekend have little significance for world affairs, but they say much about global trends that are winning out over common sense. Now that President Barack Obama has declared himself King of the United States, it looks as though he would like to rule the world

What, me worry? / White House photo, United States Government works license

Obama and Saudi Arabia are last weekend’s trendsetters

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 24, 2014 — Two unrelated stories over the weekend have little significance for world affairs, but they say much about global trends that are winning out over common sense. Now that President Barack Obama has declared himself King of the United States, it looks as though he would like to rule the world

Gay Marriage by Mike Licht for Flickr = https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/

Is gay marriage good or bad for America?

OCALA, Fla., October 18, 2014 — Same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states now. Many of today’s adolescents are growing up in a culture where gay marriage is either accepted as the latest phase of the Civil Rights Movement or well-established law not worth taking a second glance at. It is difficult to imagine that for

The U.N. General Assembly / Photo: Luke Redmond, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

The United Nations second guesses America’s new marijuana laws

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2014 — First it was the effort to pull America into the vortex of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty and the Law Of The Sea Treaty (aptly named ‘LOST’), Agenda 21, and Cap and Trade. Now, the U.N. has decided it doesn’t approve of recent decisions of voters in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State and

President Obama: A man with a plan

Immigration reform polls and the amnesty lie

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 — A consistent tactic to change the dynamic in Congress on immigration reform is to frame amnesty as a mainstream point of view. When interviewed on immigration reform, politicians, racial identity activists and open border advocacy groups rely on the passivity of interviewers to propose the laziest, most vacuous arguments for Obama’s actions and immigration reform,

Entertain Us

Dust jacket of T. M. Doran's "Iota." (Ignatius Press)

T.M. Doran’s ‘Iota’ is a literary triumph in a small package

CHICAGO, November 19, 2014 – We may not have yet moved beyond a world run by powerful literary gatekeepers, and we may not entirely want to. But today, the options for aesthetic variety in literature have certainly increased. Whereas previously, major publishers seemed almost entirely focused on the negative, spiritually-neutral (or dead) sphere of relativistic writers,

Photo of Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Dorothy Loudon as panelists from the TV game show Laugh Line. (Via Wikipedia)

Iconic director Mike Nichols, 83, succumbs to heart attack

NEW YORK, November 20, 2014 – Legendary comic, actor and director of stage and film productions Mike Nichols (1931-2014) died at his Manhattan home Wednesday evening, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 83. Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about Maria

Stacy King/Sucré performed recently at DC9.

Music Review: Sucré performs at DC9

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 – Sucré is a fairly easy project to break down. While it’s impossible to accurately call the musical stylings of Sucré a “band,” per se, it’s always been intended as an outlet for the feisty Stacy King. Even before she stepped on stage at DC9 recently along with her opening band

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson. (Credit: Pier Andrea Morolli)

NSO, Garrick Ohlsson in superb Busoni piano concerto

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2014 – After last weekend’s “Rite of Spring” tsunami, this week’s NSO concerts not only added Stravinsky’s popular “Firebird Suite” (1919 version) to the menu. Under the baton of guest conductor Rossen Milanov, the NSO also presented Ferruccio Busoni’s massive and rarely performed piano concerto. These Kennedy Center Concert Hall performances featured

Photo of Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Dorothy Loudon as panelists from the TV game show Laugh Line. (Via Wikipedia)

Iconic director Mike Nichols, 83, succumbs to heart attack

NEW YORK, November 20, 2014 – Legendary comic, actor and director of stage and film productions Mike Nichols (1931-2014) died at his Manhattan home Wednesday evening, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 83. Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about Maria

Business

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Yahoo! Troubled web portal [YHOO] inks pact with Firefox

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2014 – Sources Thursday morning confirm that Yahoo! (YHOO) has cut a new deal with Firefox parent Mozilla to replace Google (GOOG) as its default search engine on Firefox in the U.S. Under continuing pressure from investors and vulture capitalists looking for a fat dividend from YHOO following it mega profits from

Cast of "Orange is the New Black"

Nielsen NV: SVOD stats are the ‘New Black’ (ink)

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 – In a development that’s been long in coming, Netherlands-based Nielsen NV (ticker symbol: NLSN)—the information and measurement services company best known for its crucial TV viewership measuring services—has announced that it will measure streaming video on demand (SVOD) services for the very first time, starting in the month of December.

Rodin's "The Thinker" as re-imagined in 2014. Cartoon by Branco.

Amnesty decree, Ferguson, Hagel sack all weigh on stocks

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 – Pretty much everyone including the Maven expects thin, rudderless trading in stocks this weekend, compounded by the low-level overhang of headline risk with some nasty potential. The executive amnesty flap initiated by Emperor Barack I is still stewing about in the lame-duck Congress, the incoming Congress and in the majority

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Yahoo! Troubled web portal [YHOO] inks pact with Firefox

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2014 – Sources Thursday morning confirm that Yahoo! (YHOO) has cut a new deal with Firefox parent Mozilla to replace Google (GOOG) as its default search engine on Firefox in the U.S. Under continuing pressure from investors and vulture capitalists looking for a fat dividend from YHOO following it mega profits from

Rodin's "The Thinker" as re-imagined in 2014. Cartoon by Branco.

Amnesty decree, Ferguson, Hagel sack all weigh on stocks

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 – Pretty much everyone including the Maven expects thin, rudderless trading in stocks this weekend, compounded by the low-level overhang of headline risk with some nasty potential. The executive amnesty flap initiated by Emperor Barack I is still stewing about in the lame-duck Congress, the incoming Congress and in the majority

Automotive News & Reviews

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Gearheads: LA Auto Show Post Report

Los Angeles, November 21, 2014 — Join hosts Duane Pemberton and Greg Sanchez as they cover all the hottest news coming out of this week’s LA Auto show. In this episode, you’ll hear about the following and more. 2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT AND 2015 ALFA ROMEO 4C RECEIVE POPULAR MECHANICS CAR AWARDS FORD’S BLUEPRINT

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