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Rosalea Barker: The United Commonwealth of States

Wednesday, 7 March 2012, 10:11 am | Rosalea Barker

It occurs to me that what US conservative voters want their President to be is the titular head of some entity that’s like a cross between the Commonwealth of Nations and the Eurozone. More >>

Stateside with Rosalea Barker: 3000 pennies

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 12:47 pm | Rosalea Barker

This Presidents Day holiday weekend, I thought I’d toss Abe Lincoln down a hole and see if he kicked back one of his better-denominated colleagues—James Madison, perhaps, who appears on the $5000 bill. More >>

Stateside with Rosalea Barker: Like wine

Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 5:27 pm | Rosalea Barker

Well! That was an interesting little phone call! I’ve just been polled by a telephone survey company to gauge my opinions about a ballot measure proposed for the November election. It’s the Regulate Marijuana like Wine initiative. More >>

Stateside with Rosalea Barker: Like wine

Sunday, 29 January 2012, 2:22 pm | Rosalea Barker

Well! That was an interesting little phone call! I’ve just been polled by a telephone survey company to gauge my opinions about a ballot measure proposed for the November election. It’s the Regulate Marijuana like Wine initiative. If the measure qualifies ... More >>

Connie Lawn gets a gong (and beats the drum for NZ)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012, 11:20 am | Rosalea Barker

Like many Kiwis my age, I grew up hearing Connie Lawn’s reports from Washington on Radio New Zealand. She has covered every US Administration since Lyndon Johnson’s time, and is the longest-serving correspondent in the White House Press Corps. In ... More >>

2011: The Year of the App

Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 11:43 am | Rosalea Barker

Recently, I had occasion to ask someone to help me put a whole lot of papers in order alphabetically by the writer’s last name, and then by first name when the last names were the same. It would save me a lot of time when the writers came by to claim ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Flying Too Close to the Sun

Tuesday, 27 September 2011, 5:08 pm | Rosalea Barker

As I write this on a gloomy autumn Sunday morning in the Bay Area, the President is winging his way westward from Washington, DC, to Seattle, WA, and from there will be Bay-bound later in the day. He’ll be attending a couple of Silicon Valley fundraisers ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: APEC 2011 USA – San Francisco

Friday, 16 September 2011, 5:12 pm | Rosalea Barker

Life is full of disappointments. There I was, thinking I’d get a nice pic of Hekia Parata kicking the tyres of a potential new ministerial wagon, and instead I had to be satisfied with a photo of US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, (center) ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Remember Them

Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 11:55 am | Rosalea Barker

My 9/11 began at 2am, when I awoke anxious to know what the score was in the Ireland-USA World Cup Rugby match. I’m pleased that the US wasn’t defeated 46-3, which was my guess, especially because rugby featured large in the memorial service I went ... More >>

Stateside with Rosalea Barker: Fear Inc.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 11:34 am | Rosalea Barker

A small group of conservative foundations and wealthy donors are the lifeblood of the Islamophobia network in America. They provide critical funding to a clutch of right-wing think tanks and misinformation experts who peddle hate and fear of Muslims ... More >>

Stateside with Rosalea Barker : Las Vegas

Monday, 22 August 2011, 9:37 am | Rosalea Barker

What a difference one letter makes! While you guys down in NZ were weathering Snowmaggedon, yours truly was in NV weathering triple-digit heat, as they call it stateside when temps get above 38 degrees Celsius. More >>

Rosalea Barker: Pardon my Neagtive Outlook

Monday, 8 August 2011, 12:26 pm | Rosalea Barker

Raising the debt ceiling may turn out to be just a tiny skirmish in the scheme of things. Next up is the 2012 Budget itself. But before I get to that, how about some light relief? More >>

As the Crow Flies: Or, As the Craw Sticks

Monday, 1 August 2011, 12:30 pm | Rosalea Barker

Be warned. This post is written by someone who angrily changed to another channel last week when HOR Speaker John Boehner began his reply to President Obama’s address to the nation simply because she was offended that Boehner wore a green tie. On reflection, ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Hawai’i

Monday, 4 April 2011, 3:38 pm | Rosalea Barker

“If anyone wants to know what it is to be in hell without waiting for eternity, let him be in a divided Cabinet, knowing that every word and act is being reported and misconstrued by a traitor—with the knowledge that a man is among you who you ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Alaska

Tuesday, 1 March 2011, 11:24 am | Rosalea Barker

When I think of Alaska, I think of dogs. No, not that yappy she-terrier of a former Governor who bites people’s ankles so she can stay the center of attention, but real dogs. Working dogs. Dogs that save people’s lives. Like Balto , the Inuit ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Arizona

Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 1:30 pm | Rosalea Barker

The 48th state has always been a pain in the United States’ left butt, geographically speaking. After the defeat of the Mexican army in 1847, the US could have taken over all of Mexico but chose not to and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo instead established ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: New Mexico

Friday, 31 December 2010, 11:59 am | Rosalea Barker

“Land with its bright manana, Coming through weal and woe; State of esperanza, Is Nuevo Mejico.” So goes one of the verses of the 47th state’s official state song, written by the blind daughter of Billy the Kid’s nemesis, Pat Garrett. (Or ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Oklahoma

Friday, 24 December 2010, 1:45 pm | Rosalea Barker

The word “Oklahoma” conjures up musical theatre, dust bowls, domestic terrorism, and the final corralling place of many of North America’s native tribes displaced during the United States’ relentless westward expansion during the 19th century. ... More >>

Rosalea Barker: Utah

Thursday, 9 December 2010, 4:45 pm | Rosalea Barker

What were the famous last words of the most sung-about man to die in Utah? Trick question! There was only one word, and it was “Fire!” Perhaps you dreamt you saw him last night, and you had a bit of a natter. “I didn’t die,” said he. More >>

Oakland’s first Ranked Choice Voting election

Monday, 15 November 2010, 2:51 pm | Rosalea Barker

Don Perata’s press conference on the day after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters declared Jean Quan the winner of the Oakland mayoral race was held outside the police station at the Eastmont Town Center. The ETC was a town planning attempt ... More >>