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2008 is Going…

on December 29th, 2008 by mark

It seems an endless slog, 2008 does. It has, however, a very special place in my heart because it’s when my writing career, after 17 years of hard working and trying, came into a bit more focus and provided the very likeness of the thing I set out to create: The ability to write for […]

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Man-made Global Warming has been Disproved

on December 28th, 2008 by mark

…But don’t take my word for it, go here and read Mr. Cooper’s evidence and proof. It’s not compelling, it’s fact–but then, fact is something that the left has dispensed with lo these many years ago. Perhaps they’ll have a tougher time dealing with this than we thought. Mr. Obama’s picks for “science advisers” are […]

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Valkyrie

on December 27th, 2008 by mark

The darkest days of the middle 20th Century are surely a wonder still to anyone with even a passing interest in history. The Nazi regime still awakens a thread in us, about what is evil, about how even average folks could allow themselves to be swallowed up by a machine like Hitler’s Germany. The drama […]

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A Christmas Open-letter to G.M.

on December 25th, 2008 by mark

Dear Sirs: Merry Christmas to you! As a U.S. Taxpayer, I’m sure by now you are enjoying your gift of billions of dollars from those of us who were stupid enough to lie back supinely while you fleeced us. Yessir, with a fleece as white as snow. In light of your Christmas largesse, and feeling […]

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Merry Christmas

on December 24th, 2008 by mark

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew. “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, […]

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Welcome to the Upgrade

on December 23rd, 2008 by mark

Thanks to Jason, a man with a plan, we are back up without spamming. Wow! I was getting over 200 hits a day in the comments section of purely nasty nonsense spam. It was ugly and I was helpless to stop it. Jason, however, was not helpless to stop it and so here I am. […]

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I'm being pummeled

on December 22nd, 2008 by mark

Spammers are having at this site in an unprecedented way. I’ve got spam karma 2 and all the checks are in place, but it isn’t catching the spams to the direct blog posts. I’ve gotten more than 60 of them today alone and it seems to be getting worse. I’m wondering if any readers have […]

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Cantara Cellars

on December 20th, 2008 by mark

Cantara Cellars is unique if only because they are located right here in Ventura County and, in fact, in my own hometown of Camarillo. Mike and Chris Brown haul in grapes from the Lodi appellation and prepare what I think is some of the finest, smoothest wines I’ve had in a long time. Full disclosure, […]

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Claiborne-Churchill

on December 17th, 2008 by mark

I’ve written previously about what a life-changing experience Forum Vinum in Oakland was a year and a half ago. Brian and I spent nearly an hour at a table of Alsatian wines being totally blown away by the subtle nuances, the dry textures and tastes and the flowery, earthy aromas of Dry Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and […]

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A Christmas Carol-sort of.

on December 15th, 2008 by mark

Well, good evening. A long day has passed and I’ve just put to bed the last of four winery articles I had to get done and the requisite invoices. Result? You guessed it, tired and cheating on the blog. So, for your Christmastime jocularity, I invite you here–to experience yours truly as the narrator in […]

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