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A decent family man

John McCain received a lot of press recently for correcting one of his supporters who said that she didn't like Barack Obama because, "He's a Arab." McCain replied, "No, Ma'am. He's a decent family man...citizen...."



Well, fine.



But why has no one seemed to notice that McCain has positioned "Arab" as antithetical to "decent family man" and "citizen"?









There are about 240 million Arabs in the world. Many of… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 15, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week Oct 13

In this week's newsletter:

- Come to Key To The Cure this Thursday!

- Twin boys for Kyle & Trez!

- SENIOR IDOL this Wednesday morning!

- Look forward to Thick As Thieves in November!

- SCENE Magazine - it's all about the Sister Cities!

- My current appearance schedule;

And of course ... The best guests on radio!



For latest guest lists and news updates, go to www.CliffRoles.com every day!



Join Saks and Mercedes Benz in the drive to…
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Added by Cliff Roles on October 14, 2008 at 10:26am — No Comments

Failure of Education

The public schools worked very well for a very long time. They started to go wrong when they changed the way they taught reading and spelling.



When I was in grade school, we were taught to "sound out" words. We were taught the basic rules and then taught which words were the exceptions. This taught us how to teach ourselves -- if we encountered a new word in print, we could probably figure out how to pronounce it; if we heard a new word, we could probably figure out how to spell it.… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 13, 2008 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Welcome to the world, Avery and Kennedy!



Welcome to the world, Avery and Kennedy!



Margie North reported it Thursday in the Sarasota Herald Tribune ...



Kyle Turoff and hubby Trez Cole had twin sons, Avery and



Kennedy, at Sarasota Memorial on Tuesday. Bowing out of



doing Cliff Roles' radio show ... with…
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Added by Cliff Roles on October 10, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Lighting Designers' Bill of Rights

  1. Dancers, singers, and actors shall make every reasonable effort to get into (and stay in) their light.*
  2. Dancers shall not stand in front of shinbusters while waiting to enter.
  3. Choreographers and directors shall not use the lighting rehearsal to completely re-choreograph a dance or re-block the play. **
  4. Performers who are on break shall not sit/stand near the lighting designer and hold loud, raucous conversations while s/he is trying to…
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Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 9, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Great Performance opportunity for kids age 5-14!

Become a Spotlight Kid!



The Spotlight kid cast is always full of multi-talented kids and we would love to count you among us. Our kids sing, dance, act, and present top-notch productions. We aspire to allow the children a place to grow as performers and as a people, develop new and lasting friendships, and discover new levels of self-confidence. Our organization runs on the love and dedication of everyone involved.

Please visit our website at www.spotlightkidsperform.com or… Continue

Added by Spotlight Kids!!! on October 9, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Numbers Tell the Story

The latest Gallup Poll tells us that 75% OF Americans disapprove of GW Bush's performance as president.

Abraham Lincoln said that "You can fool all of the people some of the time." Now, thanks to Gallup, we know the number of people who can be fooled all of the time: 25%.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 8, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Seeking New Members!!

Become a Spotlight Kid!



The Spotlight kid cast is always full of multi-talented kids and we would love to count you among us. Our kids sing, dance, act, and present top-notch productions. We aspire to allow the children a place to grow as performers and as a people, develop new and lasting friendships, and discover new levels of self-confidence. Our organization runs on the love and dedication of everyone involved.

Please visit our website at www.spotlightkidsperform.com or… Continue

Added by Cynthia Howe Ashford on October 8, 2008 at 8:59am — No Comments

Invitation to Candidates' Forum on Arts and Culture

How important are the arts in our community?



Find out what candidates for the Florida Legislature and Sarasota County Commission think at a Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Sarasota County Arts Council on



Monday, October 20, 2008



4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at the Center for Arts and Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, in the first floor conference room.



After brief statements by each candidate, the session will be open for questions from… Continue

Added by Dolores Parker on October 7, 2008 at 3:12pm — No Comments

$25 DINNER and a SHOW Debate Special Tonight at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre!

Come one! Come all! Tonight! Come to the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre for dinner and a show for $25!!! Dinner starts at 6pm and the curtain goes up at 8pm. Adorable dirty old men, sweet young lovers and conniving golddiggers make this fast paced musical romp an audience favorite. See the Golden Apple's own Bob Turoff in the lead role!



Check out our… Continue

Added by The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre on October 7, 2008 at 9:48am — No Comments

BEESWAX COLLAGE AND ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOPS!

At Art Center Manatee



Basic Beeswax Collage:

Sunday Nov 9th, 10 am to 4 pm

Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll discover and practice techniques including layering, transparency and wax stamping.



Basics of Encaustic Painting

1 day workshop introducing the basics of Encaustic Painting.

Sunday, Dec 7th from 10 am to 4 pm.

This course is designed to help participants experience the… Continue

Added by Elena De La Ville on October 6, 2008 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week Oct 6

In this week's newsletter:

- Golden Golddiggers!

- Red Carpet Event on Hillview a fantastic success!

- Always A Part Of Me - this Friday and Saturday at the Players!

- SENIOR IDOL on October 15 featuring a 102 year-old violinist!

- Look forward to Thick As Thieves in November!

-Thanks to biz941 for a great article!

- My current appearance schedule;

And of course ... The best guests on radio!



For latest guest lists and news updates, go to…
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Added by Cliff Roles on October 6, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mel Stauffer at Edfish Gallery

this month we are featuring Mel Stauffer ABC news had featured him on the station back in 2001. Mel is a local artist that recently had a kidney transplant. His work will be on display at Edfish Gallery 3663 Webber st Sarasota fl show dates are Oct. 5th -Nov. 2nd . He has an unusual style of paintings and a series of 3d paintings based on old Sarasota landmarks your viewers would enjoy!

please come and see for yourself. For more info call 706… Continue

Added by Edward Walsh on October 5, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Stuart Woods

The novelist, Stuart Woods was the guest of honor and speaker Friday when the Friends of Selby Library held a luncheon at Michael's On East.

Naturally, I was there. I just had to know more about the author who's kept me up night after night, and kept my money going for book after book of his.

I asked him how he spends a typical work day. He said he writes "from 11 until 12" and then he goes for lunch and plays with his various toys - - from his power boat to his airplane.

The… Continue

Added by June LeBell on October 4, 2008 at 12:38am — No Comments

Watching the debate

I loved Barbara Billingsley. When I was a kid, I had a crush on her.

...But I sure don't want June Cleaver to be Vice President.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 2, 2008 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

No offense meant, but....

I'm seeing lots of guys lately with the shaved head look.

Someone needs to tell them that, while the look works well for Michael Jordan, the only two white men who've ever been able to pull it off were Yul Brynner and Mr. Clean.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on October 2, 2008 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Orphan Works - we must stop this bill. Please do your part

ILLUSTRATORS ' PARTNERSHIP OF AMERICA







Orphan Works: The Devil's Own Day







Never Too Busy to Pass Special

Interest Legislation 9.28.08





As lawmakers struggled Friday to clean up the mess on Wall Street, sponsors of the Orphan Works Act passed more special interest legislation. Their bill would force copyright holders to subsidize giant copyright databases run by giant internet firms.



Like the companies now needing… Continue

Added by Suzie Seerey-Lester on September 30, 2008 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Pining

.... even the wind no longer speaks to me of you ....

Added by Bharati Ishaya on September 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week Sept 29

In this week's newsletter:

- Boas, Broads and Burgundy ... there's a new game in town!

- Always A Part Of Me - Come and support us and the Players!

- Join me on 2 charity walks in October!

- 2 new series: Sarasota's Police Department and Sister Cities Association

- Creative Loafing's Best of the Suncoast 2008 - cast your vote!

- Look forward to Thick As Thieves in November!

- My current appearance schedule;

And of course ... The best guests on…
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Added by Cliff Roles on September 30, 2008 at 12:28am — No Comments

A movie I wish I'd seen

It's not generally known, but at the time of his death, the great actor Claude Rains was in negotiations to star in a film about the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. He was to play a Spanish agent assigned to Havana, but the project was scrapped when the writers could not come up with a plausible way to avoid linking the character to the sinking of our battleship, which would have made the movie too controversial.







That's… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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