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CELEBRATE THE INDOMINABLE AMERICAN SPIRIT

September 6, 2011

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VICTORY OVER TERROR From the ashes, the emergency responders – the trustworthy and dedicated firemen of New York City – raise Old Glory.  “…[A]nd our flag was still there,” remember that.  Believe in the American spirit.  It is fearless, tireless, but above all, a living thing.  It remembers but it moves forward.  Celebrate that spirit […]

2010 in review

January 3, 2011

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj […]

SamHenry’s Low Regard for High Sugar Stale Christmas Cookies

December 27, 2010

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It has begun.  The re-gifting of Christmas cookies.  You can have a sign on your forehead that you are pre-diabetic but this does not deter the determination of a Christmas cookie re-gifter.  No, they want to pass along the feeling of having had too much sugar as quickly as possible. Whenever you hear someone is […]

The Dalai Lama May Retire; The Pope Mentions It – How Our Institutions are Changing

November 22, 2010

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There is no truer phrase these days than “it’s a small world.”  Cultures globally are bumping into one another, trying to either resist change or to influence one another either of which often has led to all out conflict.  In the wake of all of these encounters, our institutions are changing.  Like it or not, […]

Smug/Nasty Comments in the Media About Bristol Palin’s Status on DWTS

November 10, 2010

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Bristol and her partner are safe for another week of Dancing with the Stars. After each elimination show, the losing couple appears on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. The losers this week were the gracious and now not without talent former football Cardinals  quarterback, Kurt Warner.  None of the accounts of the show in which he […]

Facebook Knows When You Will Break Up; Do They Tell Santa If You’ve Been Naughty or Nice As Well?

November 3, 2010

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It seems that daily we are hearing something else about Facebook and the data they maintain on us.  The company itself is “surprised” by what happens to it (data you marked as “private” is being used by third party companies that are not supposed to keep or manipulate data in order to provide services to […]

“Sipping Slurpies” Mr. President? Republicans Don’t “DO” Seven-Eleven

October 31, 2010

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The President is wrapping up his “slurpee” campaign this weekend.  He has loved it; the press has loved it; and his audiences have loved it.  But as with everything else he says and does, he not only hasn’t got it right, he looks ridiculous.  The man just doesn’t know how this President of the United […]

Charlie Sheen Trashes the “Eloise” Suite at the Plaza. He’s Gone Too Far

October 30, 2010

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Hi, I’m Eloise and I’m six.  I live at the Plaza Hotel and Oh My God, I came back to my room from tea and sandwiches in the Palm Court and there was this mess and no one – not even Skipperdee would tell me what happened. [Transcribed by SamHenry] Last week the craziest romantic […]

Living With Terrorist Threats

October 30, 2010

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Yes, Virginia, these times are unusual and there really is a man called Osama Bin Laden only he doesn’t come to the house laden with toys.  He sends toys laden with explosives to blow us up.  And to make it worse, he always advertises that he will do it, he is about to do it […]

Surprise Reunion With “An Old Friend” From Great Grandmother’s Kitchen

October 26, 2010

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My Great-grandmother died when I was about 12 years old.  Up until that time,  I used to love to spend the weekend with her out in a small western New York country village.  I loved the antimacassars on the chairs, the windy stairway to the cupola, the barn you could drive through, the chickens and […]

Al Qaeda In Yemen Gives Tutorial: How to Kill Americans – Especially in DC

October 12, 2010

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I would have thought that taking an overweight office worker in DC  for a  Whopper would be first on the list of how to easily kill an  American but I guess not.  It seems that Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula operating out of Yemen has given the world a kind of handbook as it […]

Seniors Targeted Again: No Benefet Rise in 2011

October 11, 2010

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For a second year, persons receiving Social Security Benefits will not see a cost of living adjustment.  Citing the distribution in 2008 as having been above the consumer price index because of high oil prices, lawmakers felt that with inflation running flat for a second consecutive year, it was acceptable to ask seniors and the […]

US At a Disadvantage in War on Terror: Lack of Religious Conviction and Knowledge

October 8, 2010

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Islamic terrorists cry out to Allah as they launch an attack.  In the US, we are more like Patrick Henry – “I regret I have but one life to give for my country.”  Not only is democracy our “religion,” we have seeming exhibited less fervor in expressing our devotion to this cause than in the […]

The Future of THE Book – SamHenry vs Stephen King

October 7, 2010

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Forbes and CNN both interviewed Stephen King recently.  In both interviews, the key moment for this former librarian and information scientist was when they asked him about the future of the book as we  have known it since the Chinese invented movable type.  They were asking the first major author to bypass traditional book publishing […]

The Writings of SamHenry Have Been Swamped in Politics

October 6, 2010

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When this blog was conceived, it began life as somewhat political but then became overly focused on it. To offset this, stories were included of public figures, some very carefully written such as “Historic Import of Diana’s Wedding (among my own  favorite writings).”  But these stories brought the People Magazine and the UK’s Daily Mail […]