Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
It is the subject of a number of weeks of hard, careful work. The Iranian President knows that it is coming and he has stated that it will be read. The Doser thinks this sort of initiative is a hopeful one. (A similar overture should be made to Cuba.) Only self-righteous, narcissistic administrations can believe that we should not even talk with other governments. Iran is mindful of the twenty-six years of Shah rule that ensued from the last intervention of the US. Nobody gave us the world to run. We should make every effort to live in it with the other tenants. The Reps. will want to take the position that, just talking with a nation which has very different goals than ours, borders on treason. Good that O'bama doesn't subscribe to that notion! Because of its uncertainty regarding our intentions, it seems likely that Ahmadinejad will be reading the letter for indications of true change.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The prosecutor asked for a sentence of 56 years for Daniel Nesta, the gangster on whose criminal trial The Doser sat. The defense attorney argued that ten years would give him enough punishment. The judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison with parole possible after 15 years. The judge spoke of giving him an opportunity to develop a "constructive life." "Mister" Nesta, as the attorneys called him during the trial, will be 37 years old on the earliest date he will emerge. An idealistic friend of The Doser's excoriates the entire current reality and wants to blame the failure of "Mister" Nesta's uprearing for the problem. The Doser, however, is satisfied with the idea that "Mister" Nesta will be out of circulation for a while, perhaps, even, not being rendered more vicious by the penitentiary experience.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Though it has not been proved by trial in court, it appears that (then) seventeen year old David Lee Simmons had to do with his (then) fourteen year old girl friend. Regrettable, The Doser opines, but not such an utterly uncommon conduct that the lad should be singled out for a two-year criminal hassling. Such was not the opinion of the Jefferson County District Attorney who punished Simmons without indictment and generally used his office to harass him for two years. That should give Jefferson County, Oregon, swains a reason to reflect on their ways.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This survey of the "Ten Most Literate Cities" was made for the years 2004-2008. The procedure was designed and conducted by Dr. John W. Miller.
The survey relates only to cities with populations in excess of 250, 000 (There appear to have been 71 US cities of that size in 2008.) The survey method considers several research categories relative to the number of people living in the city. The categories are : number of bookstores, educational attainment, internet resources, library resources, newspaper circulation and periodical publishing resources.
The cities that read themselves into the Top Ten is of interest . Over the time period surveyed, the cities that appeared in the top ten included Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Madison, Cincinnati, Washington DC, Denver, Boston, San Francisco, St. Paul, Atlanta, St. Louis and Portland. Seattle and Minneapolis vie, regularly, for first place. Washington, DC is a solid middle-field contender as is Denver.
In 2008 nine of the also-ran cities were in Texas. with four cities in the bottom ten. Those four were: Arlington, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso. California had ten cities among the also-rans with four in the bottom ten of the list. They were: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Bakersfield and Stockton.
Portland tied for tenth place in 2008. It was in position ten in 2006.
The Doser, of course, is convinced that Portland is not rated higher because of Powell's Book Store which counts for only one bookseller. (Except in gem-class worth, of course.)