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Entries by Michael Sigman from 09/2009

Amazon's Perfect Mistake

| Posted 09.02.2009 | Media

Amazon screwed up last month when it sold Kindle users an unlicensed version of a book. The online behemoth then compounded its goof.

Field Notes From a Songwriter's Centennial

| Posted 09.08.2009 | Entertainment

My dad's biggest hit -- "It's All In The Game" -- began as classical violin solo composed by Charles Dawes, making it the only No. 1 song to have been co-written by a vice president of the United States.

Field Notes from a Songwriter's Centennial -- Part II

| Posted 09.12.2009 | Entertainment

September 24th is the centennial birthday of my late father, the songwriter Carl Sigman (1909-2000), who wrote nearly a thousand songs.

Hypocrisy, Lies and Videotape

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Politics

The closer we look at the self-righteous leaders of the Right, the more we see the ugliness of -- well, let's use Mike Duvall's euphemism -- inappropriate story telling.

Let Corporations Be (Just) Corporations

| Posted 09.29.2009 | Politics

Corporations are dictatorships, with everyone reporting to the CEO. Governments are vast cooperative bodies with legislatures, courts and other institutions without which executives can't get much done.