The Public Eye: Triage Economics

By Bob Burnett
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 07:11:00 PM

America’s economic health continues to be marginal. While the Obama administration suggests the worst is behind us and mentions signs of economic progress, unemployment remains high and businesses continue to close. How can we tell if we are at the bottom of the economic decline? And what should we expect over the next 12 months? -more-

Real American Racism: A History Lesson In Our Own Words

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 07:10:00 PM

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been subjected to various conservative commentators and Republican officials charge United States Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with “racism” because Ms. Sotomayor indicated that all things being equal, a Latina woman judge might be better able to rule on a sex-race discrimination case than a white male judge. -more-

Green Neighbors: Good Intentions and Wicked Plants

By Ron Sullivan
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 07:07:00 PM
Lovely to look at, stupid to ingest. Brugmansia hybrid flower.

Only ignorance! only ignorance? How can you talk about only ignorance Don’t you know that it is the is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?—and which does the most mischief heaven only knows.” -more-

Architectural Excursions: Rustic Traditions in Southern California’s Mountain Resorts

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 07:09:00 PM
Boulder Bay, on the southern shore of Big Bear Lake.

Each September, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, holds a rustic furniture fair featuring “unique interpretations of rustic found in handcrafted furniture, furnishings, and fine art.” The Adirondacks are widely considered to be the fount of rustic style, which found expression across North America, including the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. -more-

About the House: Flashing Is Not a Dirty Word

By Matt Cantor
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 07:08:00 PM

Disregard any fictitious tales you may have heard about me doing inspections in the buff. Aside from the danger of sunburn, electric shock or harm to the casual observer, it would be unprofessional and I am, if nothing, unflinchingly professional. OK, check your legs for matching length, but I do think I have your attention and it is flashing that I want to talk about (and not the naughty kind). -more-