Monthly Archives: April 2007

Some Good News From The Supreme Court, For A Change

A refreshing change after last week’s horrific abortion ruling: Court: High-speed chase suspects can’t sue police CNN, April 30, 2007: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave police officers significant protection from lawsuits by suspects who lead them on car … Continue reading

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Guest Commentary: The Park Fee Feeding Frenzy

A former Chief Ranger of mine posted this short-and-sweet message to the NPS Retirees’ listserv today: I remember my first introduction (back in the 1960’s) to National Parks history and reasons for being was in the thought that our National … Continue reading

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Sad Week For The Music World

First Mstislav Rostropovich, now Bobby “Boris” Pickett. If there’s a Halloween party in heaven, you know they’re playing Monster Mash.

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До свидания, Cлава

R.I.P. Mstislav Rostropovich: a great musician, a supporter of Solzhenitsyn at a crucial time, and a Newfie owner.

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Letters! We Get Letters!

Or comments, anyway. My post on the new user fees at Apostle Islands apparently struck a nerve: look what showed up in my inbox last night: C’mon Bob, why not tell the story accurately? Or why not admit that you … Continue reading

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R.I.P. David Halberstam

Was there a better reporter in our day? If so, I could not tell you who it might have been. It would be hard to count the books on our shelves that bear his name, but it’s easy to tell … Continue reading

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Spell Checkers Ain’t Perfect, Folks

Seen on the menu at the Cleveland Chophouse and Brewery a couple of weeks ago: Chophouse I.P.A.: This I.P.A. is a great interdiction to India Pale Ales. Didn’t the Great Interdiction happen in England?

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National Parks – Yours, If You Can Afford Them

Kurt Repanshek over at National Parks Traveler is appalled at the suggestion that Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site is considering charging fees for interpretive programs: How Much Will it Cost to Attend A Campfire Talk? Might it be too long before … Continue reading

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Somebody Really Likes America

Wikipedia devotes more space to America than it does to Beethoven, Picasso, or Faulkner. It even gives America a longer article than the Grateful Dead. “So?” you ask, “America is the world’s richest and most powerful nation. Beethoven and those … Continue reading

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Taking Back Control: About Damn Time

Best news I’ve heard all day:Coast Guard reasserts role in fleet-modernization program AP, April 18, 2007: In removing Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman as managers of a $24 billion fleet-modernization program, the Coast Guard yesterday made known its intention to … Continue reading

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Off The Field, Thompson, And Go Sit With Biden!

Our old guv has a Macaca Moment: Thompson apologizes to Jews for comments Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, April 16, 2007: Washington – GOP presidential candidate Tommy Thompson apologized to a Jewish audience Monday after saying that making money is “sort of part … Continue reading

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Springtime In Cheeseland

Okay, this picture is almost two weeks old: it was taken in early April, not mid-April. Didn’t get around to uploading it until this morning. Still, I think it’s cool, anyway… how often do you see a bird feeder wearing … Continue reading

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