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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future Pulitzer Prize winner. (Eddie Adams in the AP lunch room told him to get rid of the everready case for his new Nikon F). A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter broke BP in on the police beat for a small daily in Pa. By 1975, Paul Newman had asked for Bob's Autograph.
(Google this: "Paul Newman asked my autograph" and click the top suggested URL.)
His co-workers on the weekly newspaper in Santa Monica,(in the Seventies) included a future White House correspondent for Time magazine and one of the future editors high up on the Playboy masthead. Bob has been to the Oscar ceremony twice before Oscar turned 50.
He is working on a book of memoirs tentatively titled "Paul Newman Asked for my Autograph." In the gold mining area of Australia (Kalgoorlie), Bob was called: "Col. Sanders."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2009 "Texas" Revisited: Michener's Warning
Do Yankees misunderstand George W. Bush?
Bob Patterson suggests that the Bush era may have been predictable from the historic mindset of Texans as dramatized in Michener's celebrated novel.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, March 1, 2010 Conspiracy Theories for fun and profit
Conspiracy theories are like horoscope predictions. They should be read only for their entertainment value. When a columnist finds what he thinks is the wildest conspiracy theory ever, he becomes rather enthusiastic about sharing his find with other connoisseurs of concocted conjecture. Recently he found one online that seems destined for induction into the Conspiracy Theory Hall of Fame (or is that an imaginary entity?).
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 15, 2011 Celebrating Forty Years of Fear and Loathing on National Columnists' Day
Forty years after Thompson lampooned the American Dream, circa 1971, the USA is full of disillusioned families with broken dreams trying desperately to cope with homelessness and the darkness in their new depression era hearts. The country is going broke fighting three separate perpetual military adventures which are either just for the pure fun of it or are wars of imperialistic aggression.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 14, 2011 Power to the Truck Drivers!
It seems quite reasonable to expect that if liberals help the truck drivers with a problem that has existed for almost 30 years, then those folks will owe some favor in return. If not, the Republican philosophy of "divide and conquer" has worked again.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 12, 2015 Eat dessert first!
A bachelor columnist goes to the Bay Book Festival and ends his search for the meaning of life.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 26, 2016 To Pot Or Not
Is the Green Revolution going to be like the California Gold Rush and are you positioned?
SHARE Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Waterboarding or listening to liberal talk radio?
If teabaggers condone waterbording, could they listen to liberal talk radio? Find a staunch conservative friend or two and make a small friendly wager. Bet them they can't listen to Mike Malloy's radio program for a week and not have a mousetrap-moment conversion.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 5, 2013 Johnny (Reid) got his gun
Are all the negative reviews of "The Lone Ranger" the first step on a path that will lead to the reactivation of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings to start a "head "em off at the pass" response to the possibility of a new red threat coming from Hollywood?
SHARE Sunday, November 21, 2010 They call him "America's Hitler"
Is American Journalism held in low esteem overseas?
Isn't it curious how conservative readers work? For liberal material one misspelling invalidates all a blogger's facts, but when it comes to "Fair and Balanced;" they don't care one wit about fact checking?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 4, 2010 Did America forget how to play "Clue"?
Who is behind the WikiLeaks document dumps? Could it be that the people who are responsible for the Wikileaks material are very upset with what George W. Bush did? Who has the most to lose if Bush dies of old age and never even gets a ticket for his misdeeds?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 Grand Guignol Politics
If the Republicans like to campaign by attacking the opponent's strong point, then won't they use misogyny to try to block Hillary's attempt to become the first woman POTUS?
SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Occupy Oakland.
The Occupy Oakland site is drawing a good deal of media attention.
SHARE Sunday, January 22, 2017 Presto, Change-O?
Have you ever been bamboozled? Is a sex change operation just as radical as MK-Ultra was?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 The Triumph of Absurdism
Has Washington finally embraced the French Intellectual's philosophy of Absurdism? One columnist thinks that "make it so" has been said.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 31, 2014 Mid-term madness
Are the Republicans planning a complete take-over of the government?
SHARE Friday, September 13, 2013 Syria and the Ox Bow Incident
Journalists with Irish heritage would encourage annalists to at least take a brief look at the Syria crisis from a "devil's advocate" point of view.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 19, 2011 That's the way a car collector Rolls
Will the 1952 Ferrari Mexico (driven by Alberto Ascari) sell for 2 -- 3 million dollars (as expected?) in Monterey CA, this weekend?
SHARE Friday, March 1, 2013 Oakland Raiders or Heidi?
How will 2013 stack up against 1968? Will this year be more historic than the one that produced the Tet Offensive and Nixon's election as President?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 13, 2012 Got Pot?
Is it true that one episode of Star Trek portrayed a visit to earth that revealed that at the end of the 20th century large global wars on earth had ceased and been replaced by smaller regional wars called Bush Wars?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 28, 2014 Fame and Fortune via Anarchy?
What lesson can be learned from a large cash settlement made to a person who was protesting class favoritism that punishes the poor and middle classes?
SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2011 New Rove Dirty Tricks?
Are Republicans using devious methods to gain the upper hand for the 2012 Presidential Election?
SHARE Monday, September 24, 2012 Got Nihilism?
A photo op for taking pictures of the Space Shuttle Endeavor delivered a St. Paul moment to a columnist at the Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory in Berkeley CA.
SHARE Friday, February 14, 2014 Storytelling is a dying art
There is a diminishing supply of great raconteurs who stories begin: “When I was on Guadalcanal . . . .” Shouldn’t the film school students learning how to make documentaries be recording their stories for posterity?
SHARE Sunday, February 27, 2011 Playing cards with a man named "Doc"
Is it fair to bet if the deck is marked? Don't look now, but aren't the efforts of the capitalists very similar to the mad scramble images conjured up by the phrase, "Great Oklahoma land rush"?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 Now It's al Qaeda's Turn
Presidential candidate Obama promised that he would deliver change. Apparently he has delivered on that promise. America has embraced the methods and conduct they once considered barbaric and unacceptable. A perpetual series of alternating acts of revenge might get a bit nasty.
SHARE Wednesday, April 17, 2013 A somber National Columnists' Day
Our motivation for posting on National Columnists' Day is approximately the same as the reasons that Boston will hold their marathon on schedule next year on Patriot's Day.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2012 "it starts here"
What would have happened if Philip K. Dick and Jack Kerouac met in Berkeley (while they were both citizens of that town) and decided to collaborate on a book?
SHARE Thursday, September 6, 2012 Got your Euthanasia Coaster tickets, yet?
Will Bishop Romney win the November election with his plan to wave a magic wand, say "Poof! Be gone!" to the Recession, and will that raise any skepticism among journalists?
SHARE Friday, June 3, 2011 Extortion for fun and political gain
How many essential social programs do the Republicans want to cut? Is it five or six? Now, the Democrats have to ask themselves another question . . .
SHARE Friday, June 28, 2013 Which is it? Is bigotry dead or not?
Has the story arc for Journalism in America gone from Edward R. Murrow's "This is London calling" to a comic book hero with weird glasses in less that 75 years?
SHARE Friday, August 29, 2008 Pondering America's Greatest Shame
The Republican National Convention will begin Monday and if historians were really as hip as they pretend, they would use the event to start the debate about what aspect of the Bush years, if any, qualifies as America's Greatest Shame.
SHARE Monday, February 27, 2012 Photo Report on BB61
The USS Iowa (BB 61) is visiting Richmond CA before proceeding to the Los Angeles area.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 30, 2014 The Golden Age of Thoughtcrimes
Our new column asks this question: If Uncle Rushbo did an on the air reading of the transcript of some of Lenny Bruce's comedy routines, would Liberals defend or condemn it?
SHARE Wednesday, August 11, 2010 First Installment of "Rove for Rush"
Can Karl Rove talk the talk? If he gets the nod for some return engagements, he may need a distinctive theme song. Might we suggest the Horst Wessel Song, Die Fahne hoch ("The Flag Up High")? If Rove needs a distinctive adoring caller greeting phrase, how about "mega-sieg heils, Karl!"?
SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2015 Play a Game of War?
Game of War? News Flash: for those who lost arms and legs it was never a game.
SHARE Thursday, August 30, 2012 Got (Movie Trivia) Questions?
Is something wrong when Bishop Romney promises to solve the social problems listed in Henry Miller's book, "The Air Conditioned Nightmare," written during WWII?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 15, 2013 The Overgovernmentalizing of America?
Are conservative talk show hosts, who believe that there is too much government, hypocrites when it comes to FCC mandated word restrictions? What happens when a Bar Area pundit tests a local duo?
SHARE Friday, March 23, 2012 Republicans, pawns, and game changers
Political commentary hasn't had to contend with a game changer like Tuesday's Illinois results since Linden B. Johnson told Americans, on March 31, 1968, that he wouldn't seek reelection.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 31, 2013 Got Dueling Perceptions?
Does using the phrase "conspiracy theory" in a political discussion indicate the same result as when a chess player says "check and checkmate!"?
SHARE Friday, November 15, 2013 Radio Memories
What's not to like about a column that isn't about ACA?
SHARE Friday, November 2, 2012 The Wolves are at the door
If having a famous politician for a father makes you qualified to be President; then does having famous founding members of the Beat Generation for parents make you a Beatnik?
SHARE Friday, May 9, 2014 Tracking down "local color"
When a writer from the Great Gray Lady arrives on Muscle Beach where does he turn to get the historic background for a news story about local politics?
SHARE Tuesday, September 2, 2008 The VP Candidate as Wedge Issue
When will the MSM ask Sarah Palin questions that actually reflect her preparedness for being VP or prez? Put her on Meet the Press and Larry King and Democracy Now. Ask her tough questions, not fluff.
And then, look at how nice a profile she cuts-- a Karl Rove profile.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 25, 2008 "Of course, he is!"
The chance to ask someone who worked on the World War II war crime trial of Tojo their opinion on George W. Bush's guilt was a golden opportunity.