History of ‘Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny’

I’ve probably read or heard the phrase “can neither confirm nor deny” umpteen zillion times when someone in government is being asked about a certain painfully obvious secret operation or unwanted development. The phrase has now been dubbed “a non-denial denial,” an artful dodge when one is caught with one’s pants down. “I can neither […]

Greatest Cinematic Death Soliloquy Ever?

I‘ve been watching the new BBC series “The History of Science Fiction” and have come away impressed, after three episodes, with how much heart, soul and literary achievement can be found in scifi flicks. I think just about everyone the producers interviewed about Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (a film about a future filled both with […]

Makes Sense: V. Stiviano for President

Now the Donald Sterling bringer-downer has revealed her true intentions: She wants to be president, and with the current media furor over her and her buddy Donald, she may have just enough Q rating to eclipse Hillary and Jeb. Her politics? Who cares? She’s a celeb! Anyway, enough of that, today’s New York Times contains […]

Pulitzers Awarded to Two Newspapers for Snowden Revelations

Reprinted from www.pulitzer.org: For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal. Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret […]

Written in the Cloud

Guess we’re seeing the final death knell of the hard-hitting, hard-drinking newspaper reporter. Turns out that the Los Angeles Times recently got an article about an earthquake to print (actually, to web) in three minutes using an algorithm leeching data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Crime stories are similarly culled without the intervention of human […]

Inappropriate Language: Wine Tasting Commentary

Chris Kern operates a wine shop in Riverside called, epononymously, Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes, whose main virtue is that it’s the only place within decent driving distance that offers new wine tastings each week. Chris specializes in what he calls, well, “forgotten grapes,” in other words, grapes with weird and obscure names — largely from […]