My column titled "What Handouts to Cut?" created a number of angry responses, and for the first time in my life, I had some, not much, sympathy for political cowardice. Most letters were from senior citizens angered by my suggestion that they were receiving handouts and those handouts be cut.

There is so much political spin, and so many numbers games being played, when it comes to medical care, that we have to go back to square one and the simplest common sense, in order to get some rational idea of what government-run medical care means. In particular, we need to examine the claim that the government can "bring down the cost of medical care."

I haven't come up with a name for my new political party yet, though I am working on a few possibilities: the Pizza Party, the Beer Party (We promise never to bring back Prohibition), the Pot Party (We promise to repeal Prohibition), the Tailgate Party (See our plank on Prohibition), the Midnight Party, and others. But I am preparing to throw my New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball cap in the ring and declare my candidacy for President in 2012.

On Saturday, August 28, Fox News conservative pundit Glenn Beck is hosting a rally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. called Restoring Honor. Set to take place from 10 am to 1 pm, this apolitical event is billed as a gathering to “honor our heroes, our heritage, and our future” and is expected to “pay tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth, and honor,” according to Beck’s website. Contrary to popular belief, Beck stresses that the event is not a Tea Party rally, nor is it political in nature.

Nanny McPhee Returns posterThough she has been dubbed the anti-Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee is essentially a repackaged version of Mary Poppins, minus the lovely beauty of Julie Andrews and a spoonful of sugar, and with the addition of a snaggletooth, enormous nose, and magical walking stick. This does not distract from the charms and adventures of the Nanny McPhee films, however. Directed by Susanna White, Nanny McPhee Returns tells a slightly different tale from the original 2005 Nanny McPhee movie, but manages to attain the same hearty comedy, morality, and special effects that made the first film a success.

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