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Entries by Bob Franken from 06/2010

Barack Obama's Slipping Presidency

| Posted 06.03.2010 | Politics

In today's world of instant communication and blatant demagoguery, is an effective presidency even possible?

South Carolina Sex Issue: Performance Failure

| Posted 06.07.2010 | Politics

The people of South Carolina seem to be tired of hearing about this kind of thing. They might well consider adultery too juvenile to be a political issue.

BP's "Get it Right" Rites

| Posted 06.10.2010 | Green

Note to BP: Get rid of those ads, and probably the CEO. Both are looking so ludicrous they've become laughingstocks. The money can be put to much better use than smarmy PR.

BP's "Special Relationship"

| Posted 06.14.2010 | World

Before the Brits start firing their shots at us colonists on the other side of the Pond, they might want to consider the havoc BF has wreaked on the Pond of Mexico.

South Carolina Sleaze: A Redundancy

| Posted 06.15.2010 | Politics

Citizens in South Carolina are disenfranchised by the unrelentingly dirty politics that seem to be as much a part of the state's fabric as textile plants.

Soft and Gentle Oval Office

| Posted 06.16.2010 | Politics

All I can say is thank heaven for my DVR. Otherwise I would have missed the first couple of innings of the Washington Nationals game. And for what?...

BPeat: Fund and Games

| Posted 06.17.2010 | Politics

The first order of business will be deciding what to call that 20 billion dollar BP compensation fund. How about "A Start". As in, 20 billion doesn'...

Dylan and the Upside Down of Politics

| Posted 06.22.2010 | Media

Talking points need to be penetrated and disrupted. They are a mirage, creating an impression there's a "there-there," when it's just an illusion.

The McChrystal BFD

| Posted 06.22.2010 | Politics

It won't be hard to spot Gen. McChrystal on the way to his White House grovel. He'll be the guy in the perfectly pressed uniform with the red face above all those stars on his shoulder.

Afghanistan: Send Out More Clowns

| Posted 06.23.2010 | Politics

What would be nice would be reports of progress with Afghanistan. Perhaps the President needs to continue to send out the clowns. This is not a comedy. It's a tragedy.

McChrystal, Geraldo and Me: Full Disclosure

| Posted 06.24.2010 | Media

"Full disclosure: Geraldo Rivera and I are friends of long standing." At least we have been until now, because I want to take issue with his Fox News appearance where he strongly criticized Michael Hastings.

Robert Byrd's Supreme Irony

| Posted 06.28.2010 | Politics

Robert Byrd would probably be proud that his death came on a day when the United States Senate was once again playing one of its most primal roles.

The Spies Who Went in to the Cold

| Posted 06.30.2010 | Politics

The items would have appeared in the employment sections of the Moscow Times or Moscow News... in those papers because they're published in English: ...