Archive for April, 2010

Channel Surfing While Surfing the Net

April 7, 2010

Business Day Headline: The New York Times, Monday, April 5, 2010

“Last year, people vastly increased the amount of time they spent watching television and browsing the Internet simultaneously, according to Nielson.  Looking only at people who used the technologies together at least once a month, Nielson found that the amount of time such people spent on simultaneous use had shot up 34.5 percent from December 2008 to December 2009.  Such users represent about 59% of the total population.”

A new wave of people are surfing, but this time it’s both TV and the internet at the same time.

There will be no new blogs until May 1.  Jean Henry

President Hamid Karzai: The U.S. Cries Foul

April 2, 2010

The New York Times, Editorial, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

President Obama in Kabul

“President Obama’s visit to Afghanistan on Sunday was a long overdue, and desperately needed, attempt to persuade President Hamid Karzai to clean up his act…Mr. Karzai has a long history of telling the international community what it wants to hear–while he and his aides continue to do whatever they choose…

(This editorial further mentions the Afghani election and Mr. Karzai’s brother as compromised.)

He (President Karzai) must also cut ties with many other corrupt officials and warlords and ensure that war criminals and human rights abusers are held accountable.  His recent decision to sign a law giving amnesty to some of the worst offenders is especially worrying.

The United States and others rightly cried foul–the administration even canceled Mr. Karzai’s planned White House visit..”

A foul in sports usually involves physical contact which illegally interferes with a player on the opposing team. In this international case, the U.S. sees Afghanistan’s leader as not playing fair.

Florida Property Dives

April 2, 2010

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Regions and Its CEO Feel the Pain of Florida Property Dive

Local real-estate agents say some of the properties Regions financed up and down the Panhandle (of Florida) are now worth 30-50% less.”

“Thirty miles west of Panama City Beach is where Mr. Ritter (CEO or Chief Executive Officer of Regions) and his wife rode a tide of rising property values by investing in properties inside a 2,400 acre resort that straddles Highway 98.”

This description of a real estate investment firm and its CEO and wife uses beach and ocean  idioms which is appropriate as the real estate was on beaches.  My husband says these are not sports idioms. If you see one that you think is great, write me.  My e-mail is on the http://www.sportsidioms site.

U.S. Stock Rally: The Dow Making a Run

April 2, 2010

The Wall Street Journal, Monday, March 29, 2010, by E.S.Browning

Stock Rally at Mercy of Rising Rates

With the Dow Making a Run Toward 11000 Again, Investors Keep one Eye on the Bond Market

“Lately stock investors have welcomed good economic news, reading it as a sign that the economy is regaining its footing...

Signs of nervousness have already appeared.  The Dow on Thursday made a run at the 1100 mark, but fell back amid concerns about the bond market.

The DOW Jones is a barometer or index of stocks on U.S. stock exchanges.  Normally, one would say that the stock index is going up and then dropped back or went lower.   Here the author uses running metaphors, footing, running, fell back for the reader to picture what was happening.


The Health Bill, Doctors, Patients, States and the Chamber of Commerce

April 1, 2010

The NY Times, Tuesday, March 30, 2010


A New Chance to Strengthen an Eroding Bond:

Dr. Chen tells the story of meeting a gaunt woman at a wedding who had lost almost 20 pounds in a month;  she asked the doctor about foods to help her gain weight.  Finally, Dr. Chen, after urging her to go for tests, realized that the woman had no health insurance, that there was “an elephant in the room.”

The author after speaking to the “wrangling over the health care bill”  states that “it would offer, at last, real hope for what has become a crippled, even broken relationship between patients and doctors.”, the problem being affordability,  limiting what doctors can do, the “untenable situation of balancing what you should do with what you can do” for the patient.

Dr, Chen further states that the “bill is not perfect and much work remains… but one thing is now sure:  there is finally new hope for the patient-doctor relationship.  The playing field between patients and doctors is closer to being equalized and, for the first time in our lifetimes, there is a real chance that the elephant will at last begin to trundle its way our of our exam rooms.”

The term “wrangling” has evolved from cowboy lingo. Cowboys wrangle/wrestle with steers pulling then over in order to brand them with the ranch’s brand.  Leveling or equalizing the playing field is a sports term.  It is much easier to play on a flat or level field.

The NY Times, Monday, March 29, 2010, Editorials/Letters

The Legal Assault on Health Reforms (Editorial)

“No sooner had President Obama signed comprehensive health care reform than the attorneys general of 14 states scurried to the federal courts to challenge the law.  Their claims range from far-fetched or arguable and look mostly like political posturing for the fall elections or a “Hail Mary”  pass by disgruntled conservatives who cannot accept what Congress and the president have done.”

A “Hail Mary”  pass is explained in a previous post.  It is a desperate attempt to score at the end of a game.

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, U.S. NEWS

Business Bids to Shape Health Changes:

Chamber of Commerce Plans Effort to Challenge New Regulations and Unseat Those Who Voted for Law, by Janet Adams

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning a broad effort to blunt the health overhaul by trying to shape its regulatory language and spending heavily to unseat vulnerable Democrats who voted for it…

In a letter to board members Monday, chamber president and chief executive Thomas J. Donohue said the business lobby will seek changes to regulations to ‘minimize the potentially  harmful impacts of this bill on our members and the country.’  If regulators ‘exceed legislative mandates or try for end-runs around the lawful rule-making process,’ he wrote, the chamber ‘will take legal action.”

An end-run is usually an American football term when the player runs around the line to advance the ball and team to the goal.  Most of the idioms above are found in (Go to the index for the page and explanation.)

Doctors, health professionals want what’s best for their patients. One would suppose businesses would, too.