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In her New York Times column, far-left author Maureen Dowd catches up to a fact shouted by conservative media for years—that President Barack Obama cares more for his own leisure and entertainment than governing the nation or facing difficult issues.

 "FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL."

Full NYTimes article: The Golf Address

Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later? - Donald Kirk

Journalist Donald Kirk, a weekly columnist at, has been covering war and peace in Asia since the 1960s.
"I still find it hard to believe, going down roads over which the war ebbed and flowed from rice paddies to dense jungle to rubber plantations, that peace prevails even if the Communist regime rules with a heavy hand, stifling criticism or opposition. The sight of the Vietnamese flag — a gold star on a red field — flying from government buildings still seems a little unimaginable. Well, at least Saigon is still called Saigon, even if it’s only the central area of sprawling Ho Chi Minh City, named after the famed North Vietnamese leader whose obituary I wrote for the Washington Star in September 1969."
Full story: Donald Kirk

Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

"Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein, the starting catcher who struck out swinging in his last at bat, said his next book, “The Washington Star,” is a memoir about his first five years in journalism at the defunct daily. It is due out from Henry Holt within weeks."
Full story: Scribes extend losing streak at Hamptons softball classic -

Maureen Dowd Joins The New York Times Magazine as Staff Writer

The New York Times announced today that Maureen Dowd is joining The Times Magazine as a staff writer. The move will mark Ms. Dowd’s return to her roots as a narrative journalist and is the first in a series of expected announcements regarding the magazine’s major redesign, set for early 2015. Ms. Dowd will also continue to write her weekly Sunday opinion column.

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor said, “Maureen is one of The Times’s signature writers. Period. And as we work toward a redesign that will put new emphasis on stylish, long-form narratives, she’ll be a brilliant addition to our team. While I can’t disclose any specific assignments yet, I can reveal that Maureen's subject matter for the magazine will range far afield from her current bailiwick of politics, foreign affairs, Hollywood, and edible marijuana.”

Andy Rosenthal, editorial page editor of The Times said, “Maureen’s influence on our Op-Ed page can’t be overstated and I’m very happy that our readers will continue to hear her timely take on whatever the hot issue of the moment happens to be. This new adventure in her illustrious career at The Times will only enhance that voice and I’m personally delighted that we will continue our long and valued collaboration.”

2014 Star Reunion - Aug 7 at Mr. Henry's

"We had a good time and told Star stories, most of them true. Discovered too that the HillRag has a nice spread on our Diana McLellan. And that Donald Smith has a mystery novel coming out. It's called The Constable's Tale and is being published by Pegasus Press soon." Bill Grigg.

The few. The proud. The hungry.  Lil & Arnold Taylor, Bobbie Hornig, Don Smith, Bill Grigg