Thursday, February 24, 2005

Raise Your Hand If You Remember Dale Carnegie

This has been far from a quiet week, here in Britain and Europe.

Has President Bush been reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People? Given that Dubya is not known to be a voracious reader (and also by his past attitudes and actions), I seriously doubt it. Even so, he has jetted himself over to this side of the pond in an attempt to “make nice” with France’s Jacques Chirac and Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder. He is scheduled to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today.

Britain’s Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, definitely has not attended a Dale Carnegie course. He has been pushing for a new (some say draconian) law, which would give him the personal powers of arrest and other deprivations of civil liberties, all under the guise of fighting terrorism.

Received a very nice email from L.A. talkradio broadcaster Michael Jackson yesterday. We are both veterans of the “pre-Disney” American Broadcasting Company. After being absent from the airwaves for much too long, he is now happily back behind the microphone at KNX Newsradio. I am pleased to hear that his wife Alana is making progress in her post-stroke rehabilitation. Michael has a highly informative website ( which I visit whenever possible.

The Arctic Express has pulled into the station, towing behind it a slew of wintery snow. And that snow keeps falling, and falling...

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