cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Banks have been located in grocery stores for the past couple of decades. Grocery stores love it because they get more money from the space that might otherwise not be filled with merchandise. Banks love it because people are found in grocery stores and people use banks. And, a lot of people love it for the convenience; bank and shop with one stop.
Barack Obama was soundly criticized for his 'empty eloquence' as John McCain labeled it. Mr. Obama has begun to add some of the substance that seemed to be missing from his earlier speeches and from his earlier debate responses. He is proving himself to be very facile and to have 'facts' well under his control. His 'facts' might be subject to further debate, but he is not easily tripped up when probed for a deeper response to nearly any topic.
I regularly read the Blogs at Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review. I know... I should get a life :>)
The uglier side of politics reared its head in the last couple of days. In this instance, the victim appears to be the virtual school movement and its students and their parents. The larger loss is the innovative approach to education that looked to be worth fully exploring.
We have, as a country, had the ability to quickly subject people to warrantless wiretapping orders since soon after 9/11 so that we could prevent other such occurrences and terrorist activities in general. Apparently this, in conjunction with other things, has worked because we've been remarkably safe and protected here in our homeland.