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Monthly Archives: May 2014
Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (Blackhawks Stave Off Elimination Edition)
When the hardwalking staff embarked upon its post-prandial promenade last night, the Los Angeles Kings (up 3-1 in the series) had just come back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of their Western Conference … Continue reading
Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (Martin St. Louis Edition)
First, disclosure: The hardwatching staff really likes the Boston Bruins, but we’ve been a New York Rangers fan since the age of 10. In the early ’60s we’d venture weekly to the old Madison Square Garden and plunk down $2 … Continue reading
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What Can Liberal Super PACs Undo for Brown?
Once and perhaps future Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) is the target of a double-barrelled attack by Super PACs in the Granite State. First up: the Senate Majority PAC. From NH Journal: Reid’s Senate Majority PAC begins airing new TV ad … Continue reading
Is the New England Carpenters Union In-VINCE-able?
Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Public Garden last evening and say, it was swell – beautiful night, beautiful garden. (It was also our 31st wedding anniversary – beautiful! And a good start, yeah?) Along the way, we … Continue reading
Stealth Marketing Triple Crown: Win, Place(ment), and Show
As a tribute to the upcoming Belmont Stakes – and the honest-to-God chance we could see the first Triple Crown thoroughbred since Affirmed in 1978 (shine on, California Chrome!) – the hardtracking staff is dividing this madcap review into horse … Continue reading
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Why the Wall Street Journal Is a Great Newspaper (‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ Edition)
This weekend’s Wall Street Journal features another winner in its Masterpiece series examining major works of art. The latest installment (by Danny Heitman, a columnist for the Advocate newspaper in Louisiana): The Big Easy Slacker’s Manual As another commencement season … Continue reading
Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (Teemu Selanne Edition)
Last night’s decisive Western Conference semifinal Game 7 between the Anaheim (No Longer Mighty) Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings turned into the swan song for the great Teemu Selanne. The Finnish Flash finished his 23 years in the NHL (15 … Continue reading
Why Advertisers Barely Outrank Politicians, Lobbyists, and Car Salesmen
Admen aren’t called hucksters for nothing. Exhibit Umpteen: They barely moved the needle in this recent Gallup poll on Honesty/Ethics in Professions. Fourteen percent. Ouch. And here’s why, from the current issue of Consumer Reports. (Tip o’ the pixel … Continue reading
What Can Brown Undo for Brown?
Downturn Scotty Brown (R-Elsewhere) has reared his pretty head again, this time “[urging] Republicans to kill a bipartisan energy efficiency bill to deny his opponent (and the bill’s top backer) Jeanne Shaheen an election year victory,” according to MSNBC. From … Continue reading
Did Native Advertising Croak NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson?
The favorite parlor game right now among the chinstrokerati is, Who Killed Jill Abramson? Representative sample, via Forbes: Did the NY Times Fire Jill Abramson For Being ‘Bossy’? Jill Abramson was fired from her post as executive editor of The … Continue reading