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Sunday, May 28, 2006


Bush Resurrects Ghost of Cold War * A Walk in Baghdad by the Bay

Fear is the Key - How to turn the miserable poll ratings
* The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The desperation shows. Earlier in the year, the president tried a series of speeches to justify his war and they fell with a thud. So he tried a new tack, compared the elusive Islamic terrorists with the evil Communists of Cold War era. Would he get a rise out of it ? "WEST POINT, N.Y., May 27 -- President Bush, likening the war against Islamic radicals to the Cold War threat of communism, told U.S. Military Academy graduates on Saturday that America's safety depends on an aggressive push for democracy, especially in the Middle East."

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

It was Herb Caen, late columnist of the San Francisco Chronicle, who described his beloved City as Baghdad By the Bay. Yesterday, a few of us drove to San Francisco to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was a beautiful spring day. The bay sparklingly blue; the Golden Gate Bridge clearly visible. We watched massive container ships heading for the Port of Oakland and hundreds of pleasure boats that dotted the bay. We had brunch at Green's, Fort Mason Center, and then walked to Coit Tower (built in 1933) on Telegraph Hill. After looking at the murals about old California, we walked down to Filbert and saw the famous parrots. It was my first time and I was impressed.

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Judy Irving made a great film, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003), and it is available on video. Recommend the article by Robin Clifford and Judy Clifford about the making of the film.

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