I like most of what Director Peter Jackson has done with the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) series, and part 1 of The Hobbit is entertaining. But part 2, The Desolation of Smaug (DOS) has so many special effects that it becomes cartoon-like in parts. When action laced with special effects is piled too high th
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Merry Christmas! It Came Upon the Midnight Clear from a local high school a cappella choir celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus.
President Obama signed up for Obamacare today.One key question is whether he still uses tobacco and will have to pay a substantial premium surcharge of up to 50%.
My last post comparing the 2013 stage version (Live!) with the 1965 movie version was based more on performance differences than script content.I want to add a bit more on t
Last updated 12/19/13. A hit--at least for me.For one thing this is the first time I've ever gotten to see a professional performance of "No Way to Stop It" which is one of my favorite Broadway songs both because it has such a great backwards message and is so singable. Before this I could onl
October 18 - Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, of Norfolk, Va., died in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, from a medical emergency. The cause of his death is under investigation.October 20 -
Because of Obamacare's individual mandate, many New York professionals are discovering that elections have consequences. They will no longer be able to get special group r
Representative Paul Ryan's budget bill "raises taxes and increases spending". Sarah Palin:No one can argue with the fact that Paul Ryan’s compromise budget bill rai
Last week commenter 1pdxchris asked the Oregonian's Brent Hunsberger what would happen if a person under guessed their next year's income in getting Affordable
From Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt in the Wall Street Journal:While the president's health law is vast and extraordinarily complex, it is in one respect very simple. Subsidies are
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The Oregonian's Brent Hunsberger reports that Oregon's one-size-fits-all Medicaid will cover childhood dental care for elderly people with no children. Also, if you are a
MaxRedline has a first rate post up on the Oregon Lottery. He traces the development from focus on betting as entertainment to betting targeting people addicted to gambling.When voters passed a measure allow
Update: Prof. William Jacobson makes a case for the upside of the fall of the filibuster.This makes the Democrats two for two in blowing up liberal pet causes in just five years. First Barack Obama blew up the politic
About 150,000 Oregonians have had their health care plan cancelled. They may soon be joined by another
The University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research has compiled statistics on per capita personal income by state from 1990 through 2012.Below is a chart of Oregon's
Pew Research Center reports on newspaper layoffs since 2000.
Update: Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 69% of Oregon families consist of adults with no children. That's 1,631,500 Oregon adults with no children. The national average is 66% of families with adults only.
Senator Jeff Merkley is co-sponsoring legislation to allow policy holders to keep health plans cancelled by Obamacare regulations. Good for him.About
Byron York reports that a sizable proportion of people entering the healthcare exchanges, the very people who are supposed to gain most from Obamacare, will actually be hurt by it.
Even though Oregonian front page coverage of Cover Oregon problems include an October 8th article, Oregonian reporters and photographers have yet to find a single Oregon resident worthy of fro
Alan D. Mutter of Newsosaur reports that the Alliance for Audited Media is no longer providing even ball park accuracy in newspaper circulation numbers.Owing to a series of changes adopted by t
In the two weeks since Fox News has switched Greta Van Susteren to an earlier hour, Sean Hannity to a later hour, and inserted Megan Kelly after Bill O'Reilly, all prime-time slots have had better cable news viewing percentages.Ratings in % of cable news viewers (P2+):. . . . . . . . . .
August 20 - Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. August 23 - They
Remember the dire predictions about what would happen to life when the sequester hit?Well, here we are seven months later, and life has not come to a halt after the March 1
The reason most people aren't feeling any impact by the government "shutdown" is that 85% of government programs are being funded and running. Senator Rand Paul:"But one of the
Gordon Durand has a great post on how to avoid the Obamacare penalty: just make sure your W-4 doesn't leave you with a refund. He quotes the legislation which clearly says:WAIVER OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES. In the case of any
This was the last baseball season for both Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees. Both went out with the grace, talent and style they have shown throughout their professional careers.