The perennially aired holiday film, Home Alone, features an eight year old whose parents accidentally leave him home from a family Christmas vacation.  The boy manages to go shopping, do laundry and thwart would-be robbers all by himself, with slapstick tricks that delighted my own eight-year old son.   That level of independence is clearly Hollywood […]

In a previous post I reported the precipitous drop in public perceptions that Hillary Clinton is “honest and straight-forward” as measured by the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey. I also noted the relative little damage this perception had on her standing as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016. So, who cares if a […]

“So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones, And the politicians throwing stones…” Throwing Stones, Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” tour ends a 50 year run for the band with three final shows this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  And oh what a long, strange trip it has been. Our recent […]

Pope Francis is a beloved figure. In the March 2015 WSJ/NBC News poll 74{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} of Catholics reported a positive opinion of him, with just 3{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} holding a negative view.  Comparatively, he has a similar standing among his flock as Pope John Paul II did in 1998 (76{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} Positive – 6{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} Negative) and much better than […]

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