Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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"All I want for Christmas is you."

Sunday, December 28, 2008

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"Dogs with no master"

These are my late Uncle Kent's two golden labs. Kent Rubens, my father's brother, passed away unexpectedly this November from a brain aneurysm. He was a very well respected lawyer who served in the Arkansas legislature. His memorial service was well attended by officials and well-wishers from all over the Land of Opportunity.

I've heard many stories of Kent's legislative and legal antics and pranks. One such tale was related to me by President Clinton when I asked him if he knew my uncle. He laughed and told that while he was governor and my uncle was in the legislator, Kent bogged down some homophobic anti-sodomy legislation by trying to attach a clause that would make it illegal for legislators to commit adultery. Oh the irony.

Grammy, my paternal grandmother, passed just two weeks after her eldest son. It was a sad November.

Here's hoping for a more healthful 2009.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

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"workin' the haight beat"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Corruption

A recent Tom Friedman column asked "Just how corrupt is America?” But in America's defense, the recent scandal involving German Siemens has given us the largest bribery-related fine in history. And let's not forget the Frenchmen at Société Générale who cost the bank $7.1 billion in fraudulent trades earlier this year. Being crooked isn't just an American vice.

How far up and down does the global, institutionalized corruption go?