Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jerry Lewis Bows, or is Pushed, Out

The decision of Muscular Dystrophy Association to drop Jerry Lewis from the Telethon is a story that begs for more information. He obviously put them on the map, but may have stayed too long at the fair. It is hard to imagine an 85-year-old performer not being cranky at times.  But the denouement has been…

2011 Pacific Classic Sets Del Mar Track Record

The question was could Acclamation, the stunning turf horse, make the transition to the all weather polytrack at Del Mar, the biggest race of his career? Or whether Twirling Candy or Game On Dude had the ability to take it home.  The result was a dramatic track record setting finish at the $1 million TVG…

Detour – There’s a Stormy Road Ahead

With a hat tip to the old Leon Russell and Willie Nelson song “Detour,”  we don’t do weather here at American Notebook, so you are on your own to get ready. Here is hoping and praying you have electricity and all the good things that come from nuclear power! 🙂 In the meantime, Mellisablogs has…

Andrea Lynn Cianflone Sings “The Girl in 14G”

Not too long ago a singer sat accused in the TV court of the once all-powerful Simon Phillip Cowel. Without benefit of defense attorney, jury, or peer review, the power having clearly gone to Cowel’s head, he handed down his sentence that her voice had committed Opera. Said singer, Andrea Lynn Cianflone was to be…

The Libyan Debacle

American participation in the war in Libya is a disgrace on many levels. Leaving aside the question of its constitutionality (make war first, consult Congress maybe later?), there is the question of American honor. Should Qaddafi be ousted, it will be a Pyrrhic victory, as personally disastrous for President Obama as the ouster of the…

Pope Benedict Sends Out the B-16 Generation

When gale force winds and torrential rains drenched the 1.5 million young people attending an evening vigil at World Youth Day in Spain, the media played it up with headlines like “Mother Natures Takes on Holy Father.” Pope Benedict’s take was quite different, and indicative of why he is so popular with young people. A)…

Rupert Murdoch and Predictions of His Future

Here is a very interesting story by Nat Hentoff about the scandal swirling around scandal monger Rupert Murdoch, or “dad” as we laborers in his vast vineyard were won’t to call him back in the day. After all, he kept the food on the table. When Rupert Murdoch Was My Boss . It would be sad…