Composer Aaron Copland and Texas Gov. Rick Perry: together at last. That was the reaction of many people when they heard the governor's new political commercial, promising to stand up for Christians.

 

I borrowed an electronic book from the Sandusky Library the other day, and the experience was so easy I thought I'd talk about it here.

(Blogger's Note: I asked some of my favorite writers and several friends to contribute to this look back at books they read, and recommend, in 2011. In the end, I had to stop asking people for contributions and go ahead and publish, but please add your own recommendations in the comments.)

The air likely will be better, but Saturday's meeting of the Erie County Democratic Party otherwise will resemble the smoke-filled rooms of yore.

By now, unless you're smarter than me and you've given up following politics, you've heard about Congress' latest dismal failure. The fabled "Supercommittee," which was supposed to figure out a way to deal with the nation's budget mess, finished work without getting anything done.

My last blog post discussed two books, The Great Stagnation and Race Against the Machine, which seek to explain why America's economy doesn't seem to be working well for most people.

Why is the economy so bad?

I'm not referring just to the Great Recession, which has supposedly ended, but to a longer term trend. Why isn't the economy working well for people who aren't rich?

When Joe visited his friend Bob to watch the Cleveland Browns on TV, he was surprised to see Bob's dog staring at the TV screen.

"He's a real fan, too," Bob claimed.

Some of the folks at McDonald's didn't like our story in Friday's paper about the dog chomping on the employee's finger at the drive through window, so let's give the Golden Arches some lov

Steve Jobs is credited with making digital life more productive and easier for everyone, but he wasn't always easy to be around.

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