Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion, by The Curmudgeon RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Marina has now come out in favor of Aécio, as have most of the political parties that supported her, and the late Eduardo Campos’s family. Campos’s own party, however, has been split: its President has publicly accused Marina of “betraying” the party’s heritage, which he sees […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Investigative Journalism

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Investigative Journalism

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last Friday, Candidate Dilma, at a press conference, said “the rôle of the press is not to investigate, but to divulge information.” As one might expect, this set off a flurry of “information divulging” by the Brazilian press, unanimously critical of her position. On Sunday, realizing […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Kitchens

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Kitchens

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the best-known political sound bites in the U.S. is attributed to Harry S Truman: “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” One of the best-known American folk songs has a refrain that goes “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…strummin’ on […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon is Stunned

Opinion: The Curmudgeon is Stunned

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first stun gun was Brazil’s 1-7 thrashing by the Germans, because the Curmudgeon has been a rabid Brazil fan since the 1970 World Cup, when he lived in Brasília and was astonished by the outpouring of support for the “Seleção” and the spontaneous happiness after […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “A Billion Here, a Billion There…”

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “A Billion Here, a Billion There…”

Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon quotes former [U.S.] Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Ill): “A billion here, a billion there; pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” And again: “A billion here, a billion there, a billion somewhere else, three to five billion for public works. You haven’t got any budget balance […]

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