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Palestine & the Daily Kos: Dog whistles? Or Google Alerts
I started blogging on the internet the day after George W. Bush stole the 2000 election. That Repug skulduggery really ticked me off. And the two things that I have blogged about mostly (and have ...
Jane Stillwater 10/26/2010 173 2 - 57
BoucherCon: David Baldacci, Martin Cruz Smith & 1,000 middle-aged ladies
I love to read -- and murder mysteries are my favorite things to read in the whole world. So when a huge murder-mystery writers' and readers' convention came to San Francisco this year, I just HAD ...
Jane Stillwater 10/24/2010 18 7 - 197
Sarah Palin & the Dalai Mama: Two very different speakers come to Silicon Valley
The other day, me and my family all piled into my son Joe's car and drove down to San Jose to see the Dalai Lama in person. Not surprisingly, there were approximately15,000 other people there who ...
Jane Stillwater 10/21/2010 7 16 - 53
Higher standards: What if Afghanistan was like Palestine?
One of the biggest gripes that the corporatists who rule Israel (sorry -- nobody uses the term "neo-con" any more) have expressed lately is that so many Americans are now siding with Palestinians ...
Jane Stillwater 10/20/2010 212 3 - 61
The Durango-Silverton Steam Train & postal workers who pay for war
I just had the honor of riding the Durango-Silverton stream train. Wow! And just before the train pulled into to Silverton, I got into a discussion with a former mailman, another railroad buff. "My ...
Jane Stillwater 10/13/2010 26 14 - 223
America then & now: Mesa Verde, Van Jones & Big Oil
I just went over to see Mesa Verde today, a dream come true for me. My parents went to Mesa Verde on their honeymoon back in the 1930s and when I was a kid I used to look at their photos taken ...
Jane Stillwater 10/07/2010 4 10 - 77
America at its best: Freedom, the Grand Canyon & Navajo country
I am one of those devoted American patriots who has totally bought into the whole American package -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, Constitutional guarantees, refusal to be enslaved by ...
Jane Stillwater 10/03/2010 5 6 1 92
More Americana: Bryce Canyon, Proposition 8 and a truck stop
Right now I'm off driving around Utah. And in Park City yesterday, I went to a branch office of the Mormon family heritage center and they helped me trace my ancestors back to North Carolina, back ...
Jane Stillwater 09/27/2010 6 7 - 35
Creating beauty: My travels through Idaho & Utah
While traveling across South Dakota and Wyoming during the past week, I've become really upset by the way that westward-expanding ranchers and settlers in the 19th century basically used genocide to ...
Jane Stillwater 09/25/2010 3 4 - 37
Dick Cheney & other elusive wildlife in the Grand Tetons
After seeing the wonders of Yellowstone, what could possibly be more impressive than that? The Grand Tetons! Wow! And I saw my first moose today -- four of them, actually. They were peacefully ...
Jane Stillwater 09/23/2010 7 7 - 64
More “High Plains Drifter” adventures: Yellowstone, buffaloes, old people & justice
By preserving Yellowstone National Park, Americans have really done something right! While Bush, Cheney and Obama have been busy screwing up the Middle East bigtime and squandering a trillion ...
Jane Stillwater 09/22/2010 1 4 - 12
The Old West & Wal-Mart: My trip through Wyoming
Early this morning, I started my tour of Wyoming in South Dakota, with a trip to Deadwood's famous Boot Hill. “Over there is Wild Bill Hickok’s grave," I was told, "and that’s ...
Jane Stillwater 09/19/2010 14 12 2 244
My year of living Americanly: Mt. Rushmore
I used to think that if only I could go off to all the hot-spots in the world where American troops or "advisers" are stationed, then I would be able to understand American imperialism better and ...
Jane Stillwater 09/17/2010 11 4 - 52
Dental Tourism: The price of saving a tooth
Recently I've been having lots of trouble with my upper right-hand bicuspid -- but it's been years since I've been to a dentist and I'm not all that familiar with the price of having one's tooth ...
Jane Stillwater 09/15/2010 38 22 2 91
Applying for food stamps: "Don't you feel guilty?"
I'm currently reading a book called "The Holocaust," and in one of its first chapters the author describes Adolph Hitler's rise to power in Germany -- wherein, in the early days of the National ...
Jane Stillwater 09/11/2010 348 387 9 241
American Taliban, "Machete" & how right-wingers are putting OUR lives in danger
I just went to hear Markos Moulitsas give a talk about his most recent book, "American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right". Then I went out and saw that hot ...
Jane Stillwater 09/08/2010 8 8 - 40
Forget about oil: We're running out of URANIUM!
"Let's all build a whole lot of nuclear plants," we are constantly being told, "so that when we run out of oil, we'll still have electricity made from nuclear power!" But apparently there's just one ...
Jane Stillwater 09/06/2010 32 6 - 21
"The men behind the wire": Comparing Belfast & Gaza
Someone I know just pointed out to me that there are many similarities between the brutal assault on Palestine and Gaza last year and the brutal assault on Guernica during the Spanish Civil War -- ...
Jane Stillwater 09/03/2010 30 7 - 31
EVERYONE dies eventually: My thoughts on death (and suicide)
Someone I know just died in her sleep. This person and I had been at loggerheads with each other on a number of political issues for the last 30 years but I still wanted to say something nice about ...
Jane Stillwater 08/31/2010 19 14 - 42
David Pratt: The role of heroin in sustaining the Afghan "war"
I just got an e-mail from Scottish journalist David Pratt, asking me to please let people know about the insidious effects of heroin on Afghanistan -- and on Scotland. Of course I will. The two ...
Jane Stillwater 08/25/2010 13 11 - 34
Corporatist America: The revolution has already been televised...
"It's the government that's to blame for everything!" right-wingers cry. "We need to have less government!" But exactly which government are these people talking about? Is it the government that ...
Jane Stillwater 08/24/2010 37 5 - 35
Conflicts of interest: Secret Qi Gong self-massage techniques, babysitting & blogging
By the time I get done trying to entertain my two-year-old granddaughter all day, I don't have much energy left for blogging. Sure, I write a lot of stuff down -- but when I read back what I just ...
Jane Stillwater 08/22/2010 7 2 1 22
Saving Afghan women: Just give them all M-16s!
Did anyone see that horrible photo on the cover of Time magazine this week? The one of the young Afghan girl with her nose cut off by the Taliban? I saw it yesterday while standing in the check-out ...
Jane Stillwater 08/17/2010 18 7 - 19
Loser: My ignominious defeat in small claims court
There are many stories to tell in this naked city and I am determined to tell them all. Here's one of those stories -- about my recent resounding defeat in small claims court. "If you can't even ...
Jane Stillwater 08/15/2010 30 7 - 47
Holding onto eroding Houma bayous: Harder than holding greased pigs?
In March of 2006, my son Joe participated in the American Indian Movement's Sacred Run, traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC on foot -- and I joined him for the New Orleans leg of the ...
Jane Stillwater 08/10/2010 4 17 - 39
Dear Madam Jane: My daughter has grown up to be trailer trash...
Well it looks like Madam Jane has now gotten into the advice-to-the-lovelorn business. She just showed me these new letters from her fans: Dear Madam Jane: My daughter has grown up to be trailer ...
Jane Stillwater 08/06/2010 32 5 - 25
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel & Iraq: America's favorite money pits
Yesterday my two-year-old granddaughter Mena and I were completely at logger-heads. She'd already stubbornly refused to make nice at the library, a restaurant and an olive-tasting party -- and now ...
Jane Stillwater 08/04/2010 15 5 - 22
There goes the Judge: CA's scary court-closing epidemic
Next Friday I'm going to be the plaintiff in a small claims court trial -- at least that's the plan. But according to a judge who recently spoke before the Berkeley-Albany Bar Association, there's a ...
Jane Stillwater 08/01/2010 9 18 - 43
Believe it or not: Nancy Pelosi's speech to Netroots Nation
The water here in Las Vegas sucks eggs. My tea tastes like metal. And the sad thing is that the water power to the 27th floor of the Rio hotel is so weak that I have to run my bath water for 15 ...
Jane Stillwater 07/25/2010 18 17 - 40
Decision time in Las Vegas: Governor Schweitzer or Big Brother?
I love watching Big Brother on TV. Why? Because all the lying and scheming, back-biting, greed and general nastiness that happens on the show reminds me of the way that Republicans tend to act. ...
Jane Stillwater 07/23/2010 5 6 - 29
Is Netroots Nation taking on the Israel-Palestine question? Er, maybe...
One of the most untouchable issues in America today is the Israel-Palestine situation. Whenever I blog about this subject, I seem to lose friends -- not to mention getting irate e-mails and death ...
Jane Stillwater 07/22/2010 123 4 - 29
Las Vegas: This place will be dead without cars
I finally made it to the Netroots Nation convention in Las Vegas -- even after some [clumsy person] knocked my glasses off my head and stepped on them on the plane, forcing me to stumble blindly ...
Jane Stillwater 07/22/2010 77 11 - 35
Memories of Marcus: A sad Saturday in Berkeley
Every Saturday morning, me and my granddaughter Mena do pretty much the same thing. First we walk over to Sconehenge on Shattuck and buy Mena a carrot-zuchini muffin. Then we walk up to Whole Foods ...
Jane Stillwater 07/17/2010 10 26 - 271
Cold & Hard: Spending the night in Arnieville
Mark Twain's autobiography is finally getting published -- almost one hundred years to the day after he wrote it. And from what I can tell after reading the book's advance reviews, Twain was also ...
Jane Stillwater 07/16/2010 1 11 1 174
Why Europe will never let Iran get bombed...
Has Europe just been appointed Iran's designated driver? Is Europe going to keep Iran from getting bombed? And, more important, can Europe take away America's and Israel's car keys as well? Yes, yes,
Jane Stillwater 07/14/2010 62 15 - 27
News from Berkeley: The Alameda County Fair, Pick-N-Pull & Chez Panisse
If you are having trouble trying to keep from being driven completely nutso by all the grim, horrible and terrible national and international news headlines that just keep pouring down on our heads, ...
Jane Stillwater 07/12/2010 6 5 - 26
We are ALL pelicans: The harsh consequences of environmental pollution
Last night I dreamed that I was interviewing Oscar the Grouch. But when I woke up, I discovered that it was only a leg cramp that had caused the dream. Do you know how to cure leg cramps? Here's how.
Jane Stillwater 07/09/2010 5 5 - 31
Islamic Terrorists: Creating a Frankenstein monster
Back in approximately 1528, when the very first black man was snatched from a village in Africa and shoved onto a slave ship, somehow a ball got rolling that has consequences even down to this day. ...
Jane Stillwater 07/04/2010 21 2 - 20
Arnieville: Cutting CA home-care will cost us six times as much
If you walk or drive down Adeline Street in south Berkeley right now, you will see dozens of disabled people camping out on the median strip in the middle of the street. "We call this place ...
Jane Stillwater 07/02/2010 10 29 - 192
Screw Iraq, Afghanistan & Gaza: Let's invade Detroit!
Returning from the 2010 Social Forum in Detroit, I saw several soldiers at the DTW airport, waiting for their flights. And once again I was struck by the thought that every American soldier seems to ...
Jane Stillwater 06/30/2010 5 14 - 32
Live from Detroit: Oliver Stone's new movie, Zionism & potato chips
I'm currently manning a booth at the Detroit Social Forum, and across the aisle from me is a booth run by Katrina victims who have driven all the way up from New Orleans. And guess what? Katrina is ...
Jane Stillwater 06/26/2010 50 20 - 31
Report from the Detroit Social Forum: Networking & sleeping around
I arrived at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit today -- without a clue about what I was getting myself into. But it turned out to be a very amazing gig. Hundreds (if not thousands) of people were ...
Jane Stillwater 06/24/2010 5 7 - 35
No gluten, no dairy: My search for the perfect éclair
Recently I met a doctor who told me, "The first thing that I do when I get a new patient is to take him entirely off gluten and dairy for a month. And chances are good that, if the patient takes my ...
Jane Stillwater 06/23/2010 39 12 - 87
Obesity at Disneyland: It's down from four years ago
Four years ago I spent Thanksgiving day at Disneyland and was shocked to see so many obese teenagers there -- touring the place in wheelchairs and scooters because they were too overweight to walk. ...
Jane Stillwater 06/19/2010 23 4 - 78
Does Israel have a right to exist? Yeah but...
Forget about Israel's right to exist. Let's talk about America's right to exist. And let's also talk about every other nation in the world's right to exist as well. At approximately what point does ...
Jane Stillwater 06/12/2010 106 16 2 30
Corporatists' real target: Teabaggers, America, you, me & Marcy Winograd
I'm down here in Los Angeles at the LAX Motel 6, getting ready to take my two-year-old granddaughter off to Disneyland. At least that's the plan. You never can tell with two-year-olds. According to "...
Jane Stillwater 06/07/2010 7 9 1 17
Gypsy cabbie: My windshield tour of Queens, New York
Author's note: The editors of Subversify Magazine (http://subversify.com/) are holding a writing competition for the best story written on the topic of either gypsies or carnies or cowboys. The ...
Jane Stillwater 06/04/2010 9 8 - 25
My front-row seat: Barbra Streisand tells all at the NYC Book Expo
At the 2010 Book Expo in New York City recently, the keynote speaker was Barbra Streisand. “No videos, no photographs and no taping during the event please,” they told us beforehand –
Jane Stillwater 06/03/2010 11 11 - 58
Update on Paul Larudee: Non-violent pacifist badly beaten by Israeli commandos
San Francisco Bay Area resident Paul Larudee, who is instrumental in Berkeley's Free Palestine Movement, was taken and detained when Israeli commando forces boarded ships carrying humanitarian ...
Jane Stillwater 06/02/2010 14 35 1 117
"Pirates of the Mediterranean" alert: One more ship is still sailing to Gaza
Question: "When Israel's navy forcibly boarded an international fleet carrying humanitarian goods to Gaza last week, was this a justifiable military action or was it simply a case of hijacking on ...
Jane Stillwater 05/31/2010 64 15 - 34
New York Book Expo: Duchess Sarah & 40 pounds of free books!
The 2010 New York Book Expo moved into full swing today. Last night Barbra Streisand gave the keynote speech and I positively hung on (and wrote down) every single word. But it will take me forever ...
Jane Stillwater 05/26/2010 3 6 1 28
I (heart) New York!: The 2010 Book Expo, Lower East Side & Gaza
New York is absolutely throbbing with energy and excitement! When I get back to Berkeley, I'm gonna have to hide under the bed for WEEKS just to recover from this trip. The very first thing that you ...
Jane Stillwater 05/25/2010 8 4 - 77
Breast cancer update: What to expect if you've got it
For years now, my face has been disfigured by an old skin cancer scar. Yuck! Don't you just hate getting cancer? Most people do. But instead of just sitting around hatin' on cancer, my local ...
Jane Stillwater 05/22/2010 9 11 1 73
Greek general strike: Is the Gaza flotilla caught in the middle?
Several friends of mine just left for Greece in order to join an eight-ship flotilla that plans to sail from Athens to Gaza at the end of May. The eight ships will be carrying humanitarian supplies ...
Jane Stillwater 05/21/2010 9 6 - 74
Our Marines: Ridden hard & put away wet
Now here's a touchy subject -- recently there's been spate of suicides by Marines who have just returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. But here's the really touchy part: These suicides have all ...
Jane Stillwater 05/16/2010 7 16 - 94
Debt forgiveness: Do loans, like milk, have expiration dates?
I just got a call from Judge Joe Brown's producer. "We are interested in having your small claims court case on our show. What's the case about?" "Well," I replied, "I loaned someone some money and ...
Jane Stillwater 05/12/2010 32 5 - 43
My kids' mom is SO Berkeley that...we actually survived Mothers Day!
Did you know that there's a website out now that is completely devoted to jokes about Berkeley moms? Blond jokes and Polish jokes are out now. Berkeley Mom jokes are in. "My mom is so Berkeley that...
Jane Stillwater 05/10/2010 30 42 - 242
Gaza or bust: Hey, that's my Promised Land too!
Author's note: For years and years now, it's been really hard for me to write anything in favor of Palestinians because there are always so many repercussions. Sure, I don't receive death threats ...
Jane Stillwater 05/08/2010 233 13 - 44
Madam Jane Predicts: No more war because no more gas!
Almost everyone in America knows which celebrity won "Dancing with the Stars" last time, that Sandra Bullock has just adopted a new baby and even that one of the Jonas Brothers is now married. But ...
Jane Stillwater 05/05/2010 16 11 - 18
Lost in Juarez: Everything America touches turns to death?
Every day when I open my inbox, I get at least one press release from various American armed forces in Iraq, letting me know that some insurgent there has just been killed or some AQI group has ...
Jane Stillwater 05/01/2010 15 10 - 29
McCain's Enemy Belligerent Detention Act: Is SCOTUS keeping Richard Fine in jail for a reason?
Well, the U.S. Supreme Court just reviewed attorney Richard Fine's habeas corpus case and gave it a pass. Poor sweet attorney Fine has been held in the slammer on a bogus contempt-of-court charge ...
Jane Stillwater 04/28/2010 6 6 - 157
Oswald's miracle marksmanship: Dallas 47 years after
Almost everyone in America today remembers exactly where they were at the moment when they first heard about 9-11. I was at the dentist. And almost everyone from the baby-boomer generation also ...
Jane Stillwater 04/23/2010 109 7 2 49
Archeology at its best: Mayan ruins & Branson, Missouri
I just went on a trip through the Mayan ruins of Central America -- and all I can say about that is, "Wow!" First I went to Joya de Ceren, an archeological site in El Salvador consisting of a small ...
Jane Stillwater 04/16/2010 27 15 1 34
Nature bats last: The grand ruins of Antigua Guatemala
Pretty much everyone knows that America's occupation of Afghanistan has been going on since 2001, that its occupation of Iraq is now over eight years old and that its surrogate occupation of ...
Jane Stillwater 04/08/2010 7 9 - 23
Semana Santa: The Mayan ritual of Maximon
If little kids had never been taught about religion, would they develop this concept all by themselves? Raised in a vacuum of dogma, would they instinctively discover, invent or reveal the existence ...
Jane Stillwater 04/03/2010 21 3 1 37
Like shooting puppies: Guatemala's Iran-Contra war on the Mayans
If there's one thing that I have learned for sure down here in Central America, it is this: Mayans love brilliant colors. Everything they wear, everything they use and everything they touch just ...
Jane Stillwater 03/27/2010 17 10 - 10
Mayan ruins in Honduras: An ode to knee replacement surgery!
45,000 Mayans used to live in Copan at its heyday, back in 900 AD. And apparently all of them thought that if they could only get closer to the skies, they could also get closer to the gods. So they ...
Jane Stillwater 03/12/2010 18 8 1 23
Report from El Salvador: Tears for a great man
How quickly we forget and how quickly things change. On March 9, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero, one of the most holy and compassionate men who ever lived, was shot down like a dog in the streets of ...
Jane Stillwater 03/10/2010 11 25 - 24
Stand up for the Palestinian middle class!
"What Palestinian middle class?" you might ask. "Does Palestine even HAVE a middle class?" My point exactly. 60 years ago, there was a thriving middle class in Palestine, but now almost everyone in ...
Jane Stillwater 03/07/2010 215 6 - 30
Survivor Casting Call: "...and I'm unemployed"
Recently I entered a casting call contest for people who wanted to be on Season 21 of "Survivor". There were something like 525 video audition entries submitted -- and I watched almost half of ...
Jane Stillwater 02/23/2010 15 6 - 13
Help put a Kossack on "Survivor"?
I just entered a contest to go on the TV show "Survivor". I figured that it might be a good thing to have a Kossack searching for truth and justice out on Pearl Island -- since we can't seem to ...
Jane Stillwater 02/21/2010 16 5 - 11
Honey vs. Vinegar: Survivor Afghanistan, episode 2
My friend the "Marine Mom" just shot me another e-mail. "If you are determined to write about the game of Survivor," she wrote, "why don't you write about 'Survivor Afghanistan'? I have a son over ...
Jane Stillwater 02/18/2010 2 3 - 24
The Amazing Race: TV shows vs. world domination
I didn't get to watch The Amazing Race's big season premiere on Valentines Day because I was off at Berkeley's famous Freight and Salvage Coffee House watching my old flame from the 1970s perform -- ...
Jane Stillwater 02/15/2010 3 - - 10
Survivor's 20th season:  I'm looking for a HERO
Well it's Day 2 on the latest season of Survivor -- Heroes vs. Villains -- and so far no one seems to be making their move, not even Russell. And what the freak does Sugar think that she's up ...
Jane Stillwater 02/11/2010 29 2 - 24
Calling Dr. Phil & Oprah: What should happen next in Haiti?
After the telethon fund-raising is over, the baby-snatching fundamentalists have done their allotment of good deeds and gone home, "compassion fatigue" has set in here in America like it did after ...
Jane Stillwater 02/08/2010 2 1 - 20
New tax cuts: The IRS's unofficial gift to America
This week, our local hometown newspaper's main headlines read, "Berkeley Daily Planet Hit by Massive Payroll Fraud". Our poor sweet Daily Planet is already suffering from all the usual financial ...
Jane Stillwater 02/06/2010 5 9 - 35
The rich, the poor, sex & money: How to avoid "money pervs"
What sex fiends and perverts just don't seem be able to get into their thick heads is this: Just because you've gotten a nice a tingly feeling down in your private parts doesn't mean that you have ...
Jane Stillwater 02/04/2010 26 5 - 18
The New World Order: America need not apply
Author's note: I sort of consider myself to be a worldly and politically aware person, yet here I am just now realizing stuff about the deadly and treacherous men who run our planet -- stuff that ...
Jane Stillwater 01/31/2010 66 12 - 36
2009 Supreme Court decisions: I know what you did last year....
The Berkeley-Albany Bar Association actually had 40 lawyers show up for its monthly meeting at the La Rose bistro this month -- and why not? The speaker's topic was gonna be HOT. Yes, it's time for ...
Jane Stillwater 01/26/2010 4 6 - 20
Madam Jane predicts: It's time to leave....
Last night, the wise and all-knowing Madam Jane stayed up until 5:00 am in the morning playing computer solitaire. "What in the freak did you do that for?" I asked her. "You know that your brain is ...
Jane Stillwater 01/24/2010 7 6 - 32
Haiti, Palestine & Louisiana: Land of no cement
The main difference between Cuba and Haiti seems to be that Cuba finally gave up waiting around for the powers-that-be in Washington to do right by it and decided to go its own way -- whereas Haiti ...
Jane Stillwater 01/20/2010 25 5 - 21
Eat your heart out Donner Party: No snow in the Sierra Nevadas
My daughter Ashley's boyfriend Hugo had never seen snow before and seeing snow was very high up on his to-do list. "Can we drive up and see snow on my birthday?" he asked. That sounded like a ...
Jane Stillwater 01/18/2010 63 8 - 29
Cancer gets a makeover: Chanel and Mary Kay to the rescue!
"Hey, Ashley," I said to my youngest daughter, "wanna come keep me company while I get a makeover?" "Sure." What a good daughter she is! But this isn't just any makeover. This is a makeover ...
Jane Stillwater 01/15/2010 4 10 - 15
Women without men: Problems in Iraq and in Berkeley
Recently an African-American friend of mine asked me a rather strange question. "Do you know what really annoys me?" he asked. I don't know, what? That Obama sold out healthcare? The high price of ...
Jane Stillwater 01/12/2010 15 3 - 18
The cathedrals of South America: Breaking the parent-child bond...
While in South America this month, I first visited the main cathedral in Santiago, Chile, and then I saw the main cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were both highly lovely. And they both ...
Jane Stillwater 01/06/2010 3 8 - 10
Live from Argentina: Sarah Palin is no Evita!
"Do you have any Evita T-shirts?" I recently asked a docent at Buenos Aires' Evita museum. I wanted a T-shirt with a picture of Evita Peron on the front. Is that too much to ask for? ...
Jane Stillwater 01/03/2010 15 22 - 284
Buenos Aires' oldest synagogue: The worst and the best
All of my life I have harbored a huge craving for any kind of food that contains both sugar and whipping cream -- but over the years I've finally learned to fight the feeling. That stuff is bad for ...
Jane Stillwater 12/30/2009 10 3 - 100
Eat your heart out, Jalopnik: Chile's unique Studebaker museum
After finally getting sick and tired of listening to various people in Santiago go on and on about how misunderstood Pincohet had been and how this new guy Pinera hadn't actually supported Pincochet ...
Jane Stillwater 12/19/2009 7 4 - 24
Judge Judy: Settling family feuds in small claims court
Matt Tabbai says that the reason that Sarah Plain is so popular is because she whines a lot and makes everything personal. Heck, I can whine a lot and make everything personal too! I got skills. I
Jane Stillwater 12/17/2009 4 1 - 56
Amassing a fortune: Chile, Conquistadores & Afghans
Writing all that stuff about the 2009 Chilean presidential elections a few days ago has plum worn me out -- and now I can�t think of anything else to write about here in Santiago that ...
Jane Stillwater 12/16/2009 6 1 - 35
Election flurry in Chile: Not that anybody cares...
Well, after a sleepless night on an airplane, I arrived in Chile this morning and went straight to my hotel -- which happens to be the campaign headquarters for one of the main front-runners in the ...
Jane Stillwater 12/13/2009 41 8 - 10
Visiting Little Havana: Will I run into Fidel Castro?
I'm supposed to be flying off to Chile in time for the presidential elections and then crossing over the Andes by bus to Buenos Aires -- in search of Evita's ghost. But first I'm going to have a 24-...
Jane Stillwater 12/12/2009 12 1 - 19
Things fall apart: Fear of getting older
Everyone in America today seems to be totally worried about terrorism and the economy. Sure, I also worry a lot that the Bush-Obama administration's excessive love of bankers and weapons ...
Jane Stillwater 12/08/2009 30 9 - 30
Hot or not?: What's actually happening in Iraq today according to our own troops
Every day for the past several years, I have been receiving press releases from the U.S. military in Iraq with regard to actions that our troops are taking there. And this morning it suddenly ...
Jane Stillwater 11/30/2009 7 2 - 51
My special "Survivor Savo Island" housing co-op newsletter
Yes, I know that I've written a "Survivor Savo Island" newsletter before but, Geez Louise, I've just been once again reminded that you've got to be a real survivor to live here -- and you certainly ...
Jane Stillwater 11/28/2009 1 2 - 121
Attention Cal Alumni: Your alma mater is being gutted
I am a life member of the University of California alumni association, having graduated from UC Berkeley in 1966. I put myself through college by working in the Millbrae post office during summer ...
Jane Stillwater 11/24/2009 46 39 - 41
Re-thinking Fort Hood (and UC Berkeley): Why war is NEVER a good idea
I have been getting a lot of negative feedback lately regarding an essay I wrote about Major Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter. I had suggested that Hasan might have gone postal because he was ...
Jane Stillwater 11/21/2009 21 4 - 32
Still the big question: Was Major Hasan on antidepressants?
I just finished reading former mayor Rudy Giuliani's statement with regard to the recent Fort Hood massacre, wherein he appeared to be equating what happened at Fort Hood with what happened on 9-11. "
Jane Stillwater 11/18/2009 121 4 1 82
America's real national pastime: Snobbery & "Trading Up"
And you thought that BASEBALL was America's national pastime? Forget about that. America's real national pastime is snobbery. America's real national pastime is "trading up". First you hang out with ...
Jane Stillwater 11/14/2009 13 5 - 50
Dickensian America: The "Haves" and the "Have-Nots"
I read somewhere recently, perhaps in Rolling Stone Magazine, that rap music was never the cause of violence, obscenity and despair in the ghetto -- but rather only its symptom. Did the ghettos of ...
Jane Stillwater 11/08/2009 15 7 - 71
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