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Archive: November, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 11:07 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

BE: Hey, JB, I got a question.

JB: Fire away, boss.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:31 AM

Herman Cain says he and his wife, Gloria, had the same exact reaction when told of yet another woman coming forward with claims that the Herminator wasn't always on his best behavior with members of the opposite sex.

They both said, "Here we go again."

I had that reaction too, but for a different reason.

POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 1:29 PM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, ya know how I occasionally point out that Pennsylvania is more than Philly and has a culture that goes beyond Eagles, Flyers & Phillies games, riding SEPTA and eating cheesesteaks wid?

BE: I do.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 10:42 AM

If you're actually paying attention to the ongoing Republican presidential debates (I think we're at around 234 of them now) you've probably noticed how the uptick in TV production values impinges on their import.

Take, for example, Tuesday night's CNN event at Constitution Hall in Washington. If you were there or watching CNN on your computer you saw what's called "the warm-up." This is when the debate producer and moderator, in this case Wolf Blitzer, take the stage before the actual broadcast and talk to the live audience.

A producer gins the crowd with applause lines, says he'll be in the corner of the stage signaling when to applaud when the telecast starts and so on. The moderator says things such as "we're going to have a good, serious, substantive discussion" and/or mentions how many cameras there are and that audience members can watch a replay later and possibly even "see yourself on television," which Mr. Blitzer (or, as Herman Cain calls him, "Blitz") declared to be "pretty cool."

POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 12:08 PM

It's difficult to define the levels of disgust I feel when thinking or writing about Washington.

The failed-as-expected "super committee" is only part of the pathetic pattern of what passes for national leadership at a time so many citizens, the 99 percent, if you will, continue to struggle amid economic woes not of their making.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins got it right last week when she suggested that the 9 percent of Americans who apparently approve of Congress must be hearing-impaired and believed when questioned by pollsters that they were asked, "Do you approve of Christmas?"

POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011, 10:42 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Know what really galls me?

BE: Just about everything?

POSTED: Friday, November 18, 2011, 10:47 AM

Apart from the predictable immediate reactions to the Penn State child-sex scandal, i.e. expressions of horror, calls for firings and resignations, spreading questions of who knew what when, we're now seeing second rings of ripples with likely long-term effects.

In the ongoing aftermath of the state presentment of alleged abuse of eight children at PSU by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky there are other purported victims emerging, both Penn State-related and not.

While there are reports of other alleged Penn State victims, a veteran assistant basketball coach at Syracuse is accused of abusing two former ball-boys in the 1980s and 1990s. The coach has been placed on leave.

POSTED: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 10:55 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Boss, don't say anything, just listen.

BE: Hard to do, but OK.

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