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Easter Island, Omaha, Nebraska

This morning, I woke up at the Sheraton hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, and opened my window to look out upon a courtyard garden, featuring two small versions of the giant head sculptures that people had carved out of stone on Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

What was the purpose for […]

King Henry VIII In San Francisco

This painting of King Henry The Eighth is in the hallway of my hotel in San Francisco. I am fairly confident that this particular monarch never left Europe, much less traveled to the Pacific coast of North America.

Why would a hotel post a painting of a monarch from hundreds of years ago who never […]

A Cup In A Bag

Intercontinental hotels and Courtesy Products seem trapped in a system where profit is squeezed out of every smallest corner of operations. That may seem like smart business, but to see these cheap and cheapening practices makes me feel trapped by association. […]

Nice Digs, Americans Elect

The 3rd Quarter disclosure of Americans Elect’s expenses reveals a taste for living high and paying low. The corporation/political party getting ready to announce its own bid for the White House in 2012 started paying rent in July for its office on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block away from the White House at a rate of […]

Charles Boustany offers Lobbyists a Complimentary Package for $5,000

Hey, lobbyists! Congressman Charles Boustany would like you to know that if you visit him at the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans this weekend and write out a check to him (care of the Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism) for $5,000, you get the special complimentary package.

My guess is that the package […]

Americans Elect and the Fundraiser Without Funds

Here’s a small curiosity to puzzle over.

In its 2nd quarter 2010 IRS disclosure, Americans Elect, the Section 527 Corporation with the goal of electing its own U.S. presidential ticket in 2012, lists a $603 “fundraising expense” at Boston’s Nine Zero Hotel on June 27, 2010. But no funds are reported to have been raised […]

Coffee of the Times

The economic recession has replaced my Starbucks with Maxwell House, and it doesn’t really make a difference. […]

Drive Your Car To A Carbon Neutral Luxury Hotel

It would be more helpful for The James to take a more thoughtful approach to contributing to conservation efforts, and not just slap a silly “carbon neutral” gimmick on its web site. […]

The War on Christmas Carols

The Four Points heresy suggests that Mary was in a miracle of childbirth for almost two months straight, with Christmas extending for weeks on end, beginning even before Thanksgiving. […]

Unbalanced Water

How many years of innovative research did it take for Nestle Waters North America Inc. to come up with a cap that could choke small children? […]

A Hotel With Word Problems

Apparently, it’s a new trend in business travel to go through the day with your brain disconnected from your body, only to have it reconnected at night, so that you can enjoy sitcoms. I haven’t been doing this. Maybe it explains why I haven’t been getting ahead. […]