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College Sports

April 25, 2014

College Sports

“When the Texas Wesleyan Rams arrived here this month to defend their 10 straight national titles, the 14 players and coaches wore navy blue and gold track suits and carried matching bags. The walkie-talkies worn on the hips of tournament personnel crackled to life: ‘Texas Wesleyan has entered the building.’

The opposing teams,—most of whom brought only a handful of players, some in a mishmash of college sweatshirts,—stopped to watch in awe and dread.

‘We are the New York Yankees of table tennis,’ said Texas Wesleyan University Coach Jasna Rather. ‘Everybody hates our guts.'”

— “Don’t Call It Ping Pong: College Sports Rivalry Expands to Table Tennis,” Douglas Belkin, Wall Street Journal

So are college table tennis teams unionized yet?

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Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

October 30, 2013

Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

“As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:

 First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.”

 — “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme,” Suzanne Somers, Wall Street Journal blog

“You might expect the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to pit its own expert against the Obama administration, seizing on this opportunity to argue for the dismantling of the program. And it did: Its blog The Experts delivered a blistering guest post by an ‘expert’ on health care: Suzanne Somers, the developer of the Suzanne Somers Toning System with ThighMaster Gold and ButtMaster, and the former Chrissy Snow of the sitcom Three’s Company.”

“The Somers commentary is appalling. But that’s not our concern.

 The issue is that a distinguished news organization has risked its reputation by calling this the work of an expert. With the publication of this piece, the Journal is a little less distinguished than it was the day before.”

“Wall Street Journal features the actress Suzanne Somers as an “expert” on health care,” -Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker (MIT)

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Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

April 19, 2013

Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

Gourmet cupcake shops infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend has been rising with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The cupcake fad is officially over. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” says the Wall Street Journal, noting the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc.:

“After trading at more than $13 a share in mid-2011, Crumbs has sunk to $1.70. It dropped 34% last Friday, in the wake of Crumbs saying that sales for the full year would be down by 22% from earlier projections, and the stock slipped further this week.”

—  “Forget Gold, the Gourmet-Cupcake Market Is Crashing,” Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

More:

“The cupcake bubble has finally burst,” Carmel Lobello, The Week

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Iowa: Last Harrumph for Ron Paul?

January 4, 2012

Last Harrumph for Ron Paul

“Is this surge a vote for the congressman named Ron Paul? Impossible. It’s in fact the Republican Party protest vote. Since summer, this block of votes has jumped from one candidate to another, desperate for an anti-Obama champion whose anti-Washington intensity matches its own.”

–“The Ron Paul Vote,” Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

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No Recession on Wall Street

February 24, 2010

No Recession on Wall Street

Bonuses for employees of Wall Street financial firms were up at least 17 percent in 2009. You remember 2009 — TARP, unemployment, foreclosures and all that (so tiresome).

More:

Market Watch: “Wall St. bonuses climbed 17% to $20.3 billion in 2009.”

New York Times DealBook: “The Big Money’s Back in Town.”

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Tiger Woods Gets a Rise Out of the Stock Market

February 19, 2010

Tiger Woods Get a Rise Out of the Stock Market

Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods danced his “heavily-choreographed apology” for adultery on TV and the stock market rose, notes the Wall Street Journal.

While correlation is not causation and past results do not guarantee future performance, this is The Year of the Tiger.

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Can Golf Be . . . FUN?

November 10, 2008

Can Golf Be . . . FUN?

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.” — Mark Twain

Five hours hitting a hard little ball around a field with sticks, knocking it into a hole in the ground, eighteen times. Are we having fun yet?

But what’s this? Guys and gals in shorts and T-shirts running around a golf course with a half-dozen clubs? 18 holes in 45 minutes? The Wall Street Journal‘s John Paul Newport took a bit longer to play a round of “Speed Golf,” but still found it “downright thrilling.” Is that like, you know, F-U-N?

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Republican Hubris

September 26, 2008

Republican Hubris

“McCain Wins Debate” read the ad in this morning’s on-line Wall Street Journal, at a time when McCain had not yet decided if he would debate. Remind you of anything?

Chris Cillizza reported it first on his Washington Post blog at 10:40 AM, noting that another ad quoted McCain campaign manager Rick Davis (head of the NY Times fan club) declaring: “McCain won the debate– hands down.”

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