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The Iowa caucuses finished with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a virtual tie. Michelle Bachman, who identified herself closely with the Tea Party, finished last. Most Tea Party folks seem to think of Romney as a big government moderate and Santorum as too much of a Washington insider. So, did the Tea Party fail? [...]

Austin Plane Crash

A small plane crashed into the IRS offices in Austin, Texas this morning. Eyewitnesses, one of them a pilot, say the plane was flying very low and at high speed. The police say the unidentified so far pilot’s house is on fire. The FBI says this is not terrorism. We’ll see.

Mahone’s Friday night Follies

How Mahone spent Friday night.

Happy Birthday Ian

Ian Fleming, born 100-years ago today, May 28, 1908 The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling – a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension – becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it. James Bond [...]

Memorial Day

In every state where I have lived, folks have told the same story.  Either during or immediately after the Civil War, two old ladies were visiting a cemetery in that state, and one said to the other, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a day to remember the men who gave their lives?” Who knows [...]