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March 31, 2011 buzz: Obama doctrine; California budget mess; presenting Vin Scully

Most viewed: Obama flirts with a doctrine

President Obama and his aides wave off the idea that an Obama doctrine is developing before our eyes, but it sure does seem that way. In his Thursday column, Doyle McManus points to all of the indicators.

Most commented: California budget breakdown

If the two sides can't get back to the negotiating table, writes the editorial board, neither Republicans nor Democrats will realize their goals -- and the state will suffer.

According to readers, the state will also suffer if:

-- The 3rd Great GOP Depression continues (Whittier5)

-- Republicans won't come around to caring about issues outside of their own interests:  selfishness and greed (affableman)

-- California produces an uneducated workforce because the state can no longer afford to provide adequate public education (Archibald)

-- Gridlock continues to interfere with democracy (maximusb30)

-- The glut of bureaucracy and infrastructure strangle the state’s entrepreneurs (sean7k)

-- If unions continue to wield power over Gov. Jerry Brown (edwardskizer)

Most shared: With Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, it's always more than pleasant good

On the occasion of Vin Scully beginning his 62nd season as the Dodgers' announcer, the Op-Ed pages feature this lovely tribute written by contributor Jon Winokur.

Baseball is a quotidian game, and moments like a Koufax no-hitter are so rare as to be statistically insignificant. Most of what happens between the lines is unremarkable by any objective standard. But game by game, inning by inning, Vin makes it all special. He paints a picture, and his signature expressions are the brush strokes.

Read on for some of Scully’s famous one-liners and the Vin Scully lexicon.


Newt Gingrich’s loaded sentence

Disclosing calories

Helping women abroad

Rethinking the death penalty

L.A.'s prostitution hub

-- Alexandra Le Tellier


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Pasquino Marforio

The only thing Obama is flirting with is Libyan Oil.

Why did France lead the action in Libya and why did Sec Gates say it was French and British Vital interests, but only a secondary interest for the U.S.?

If you look at this leaked state department cable, the French consortium lost their oil allocation from Libya in January.

It's all about the oil. Nothing but the oil. And Obama waged an illegal war, in support of the French, to get it back for them.


"4.(SBU) Each consortium will take 27 percent of oil production, down from the 50 percent take they had under the previous agreement. For gas, the consortium will take a 40 percent share (down from 50 percent), which will be reduced in the future to 30 percent."



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