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In response to my post on the Olympic torch and the Tibetan flag, someone emailed me about the “incredible bias in the western media against China (would you agree?) There has been for some time. … The average [Chinese] person on the street doesn’t know anything about politics and cares even less. Making a fortune is the focus of things. But, after the CNN comments the whole nation is up-in-arms.”

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Hillary Clinton is beginning to seem like Hubert “The Happy Warrior” Humphrey to me. The prospect of Hillary running against John McCain feels to me a bit like choosing between Humphrey and Nixon.

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On my way back to the house the other morning I realized where my wife’s keys were (also where she wouldn’t know they were) and that there was no way she’d have gotten out the door in time. I didn’t know it yet, but it was only one link in the mayhem.

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We all have our eccentricities. I have mine, I’ll bet you have yours. Sometimes they’re things we don’t share with the whole world. Or maybe what goes on at home isn’t known in the office, and vice versa.

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After disembarking from the ferry this morning the first thing I noticed, as I approached the plaza, was all the crowd-control barriers up. Oh, bother, I thought. The barriers lined much of The Embarcadero. As we left the ferry gate at pier 2 they blocked our usual jay-walking routes across the Embarcadero to Justin Hermann plaza and Market street. Then I noticed the parked vehicles were mostly news trucks rather than delivery vans and I thought, oh, right, it’s the Olympic torch.

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 A friend emailed me this question recently: 

What do you think of Barack and Hillary?

I never thought I’d feel sorry for Hillary. But I do. I like Barack. But I’m kind of amused by the prevailing optimism about him.

  

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