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Asterman's Movie Reviews for Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths and Paranormal Activity 4

on October 31, 2012 - 10:11am

The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman

(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)

Pitch Perfect

+1

Advisory – Gleefully vulgar. The whole time I was watching the film, I was convinced of two things: how unbelievable I felt actually enjoying the movie, how obvious it was the film was just barely pared down from an R-Rating. Any kid mature enough to watch the original Austin Powers movie should be fine with Pitch Perfect, but it still remains a judgment call for the parents.

The greatest positive of writing movie reviews is when, against all odds, the film you’d instinctively avoid otherwise

Food on the Hill: Chicken Tetrazzini

on October 30, 2012 - 8:42am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tetrazzini

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, cut up and fried in 5 garlic cloves that have been pressed and 1 ½ tablespoons butter & 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. After frying set aside, reserve any liquid
  • 8 Tablespoons flour
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth or 2 cans of progressive starters (garlic flavor)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small jar pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 of a 16 oz box of thin spaghetti, cook and drained
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Photo by Sue

Letter to the Editor: Attack Ads

on October 29, 2012 - 8:21am
By Khalil J Spencer
Los Alamos

If Citizens United is not overturned or modified, the County is going to have to send us larger recycling and garbage bins at election season to handle the third-party PAC attack ads in our mailboxes.
 
Not to mention, most of us will unplug our phones. Come to think of it, much of this literature smells too badly to be put in our recycling bins.
 
Perhaps, therefore, the solution to Citizens United is these PACs need to be taxed heavily to support our solid waste disposal systems.

In local races, we have to see each other on the street the next morning.

Column: Management of Power - The Slytherins Have Won

on October 29, 2012 - 6:27am

Column By Elena Yang

Management of Power: the Slytherins have won

In the last entry, I noted that those who craved extreme power seemed to be one dimensional in their evilness and their use of power was inevitably unidirectional. 

This doesn’t happen very often in real life – thank goodness – and probably even less likely in organizations, one hopes. 

However, in modern organizations, most managers with a lot of power rather resemble those described for the Slytherin House members in Harry Potter books; by that I mean most managers, especially at the top levels, make their way

Letter to the Editor: What Are We Voting On Anyway?

on October 29, 2012 - 6:16am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

One would gather that the voters are voting on a bunch of amendments to the charter so that the revision is final and ratified by us.

Apparently, NOT SO. We have just gotten a new administrator whose input would be valuable, but there seems to be an effort to drive the CRC's revision through with all haste.

So, why are we now in the throes of MORE amendments by the council while we are voting?

Sounds like the CRC and the council are piecemealing it to us and certainly do NOT have a firm grasp on the total situation/package.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Hoodoos for Halloween?

on October 28, 2012 - 11:00pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist

Column by Robert Dryja

How many of us remember when we had to evacuate Los Alamos due to the Cerro Grande forest fire? 

Many drove down the forest road through Rendija Canyon that passes by the Sportsmen’s Club as part of evacuating Los Alamos and remember this part of the evacuation very well.

But how many of us recall the tall, silent hoodoo rock formations that stood beside the road as we drove by? 

About six of these sentinels stand near the road, one of them almost 20 feet tall.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let 'C.A.V.E. People' Torpedo Future

on October 28, 2012 - 9:47am
By William T. Sellers
Los Alamos

Sometimes one simply has to step outside the immediate “box” of one’s perspective to see the bigger picture of what’s really at stake.  

In his seminal work, Civilisation, the great British historian Kenneth Clark details the vignette of a decaying ancient city perched high above a river valley for protection, one that had long outlived its earlier dynamism, and now was suddenly confronted with the immediate danger of a barbarian horde camped out in the valley below.  

As the indolent citizenry pondered their impending fate with some trepidation, the

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