RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


It is illegal for a superPAC to coordinate its activities with a candidate. There is, however, nothing to prevent a newspaper from coordinating its activities with a candidate. And indeed, that seems to be what the Lincoln Journal Star is doing.

Yesterday, the tottering Kerrey campaign sent out a tweet bemoaning 'big money in politics' (except the big money that flows to Kerrey from billionaire Democrat donors, of course). And they have a phony online 'petition' against superPAC money.

And today, like one of Pavlov's dogs secreting gastric acid at the sound of a bell, the Lincoln Journal Star writes a wooly-headed editorial castigating Joe Ricketts and mysterious, anonymous superPAC donors, even though it concedes Joe Ricketts isn't the least anonymous.

The timing is pure coincidence, of course.

Meanwhile, the Lincoln Journal Star hasn't shown the least curiosity in finding out why Kerrey was paid million dollar sums last year for nebulous services to Sidney Kimmel and Ronald O Perelman.

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