Monthly Archives: August 2012

Akin, Ryan still in their respective races






On eve of GOP convention, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan still running for Congress The long-awaited Republican National Convention has opened in Tampa in attenuated fashion, and not much is new. Missouri senate nominee Todd Akin is still in the race, dousing recently aroused hope that he would take himself out with some increasingly defiant pronouncements over the weekend. Top GOP operative Mary Matalin has not… Read More

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Mary Matalin says GOP will fund a write-in against Todd Akin in Missouri






Election 2012: Mary Matalin says GOP will fund a write-in against Todd Akin in Missouri Admittedly this is the kind of thing that could change in another hour. As of now, however, GOP top strategist Mary Matalin is saying something pretty crisp about Rep. Todd Akin’s senate race. After dismissing Akin’s chances of getting funding from the Republican party, Matalin went on to say, flatly,… Read More

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Long-term care and pedicures






Long-term care and pedicures Of all the weaknesses in American health care, long-term care facilities display the worst. Regular hospitals have their problems; that medical word ‘complications’, as in the familiar phrase ‘died of complications after surgery’, indicates the long-running problem our hospitals still have with keeping clean. Indeed, even a hospital with state-of-the art resources for organ transplant, for example, can show a baffling… Read More

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Rail to Vermont Route 100






August in the Green Mountains Going as green as possible If you’re going to Vermont, take the train.  From the Washington, D.C., region I took the Vermonter, an eleven-hour train ride, with coast or wetlands much of the way. From New York State one takes the Ethan Allen Express, equally scenic though for a much shorter and more inland route. Either way, one has beautiful… Read More

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More on Family Research Council shooter Floyd Corkins






More on the FRC shooter Some further background information on Floyd Lee Corkins, II, identified as the shooter who tried to bust in on Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., yesterday, and was stopped by the heroic security guard he wounded:   Note: The following are biographical items only, offering only indirect insight if any into the events: According to public records, Floyd Lee… Read More

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Will Paul Ryan run for the House?






Paul Ryan Saturday, primaries Tuesday The biggest news out of Tuesday’s primaries was Wisconsin: former Gov. Tommy Thompson?  Yup. Thompson won with a plurality, 34 percent. If the opposition was a big anti-Thompson vote, it was split–with Grover Norquist’s help, interestingly. Self-funder Eric Hovde was thus unable to put together quite enough votes to beat Thompson. If Wisconsin had a run-off rule like that in… Read More

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