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A Fine Mess of Violence

April 23, 2017

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Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into. — Laurel and Hardy When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were for watching cartoons and goofball comedies. Merry Melodies, Looney Tunes, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges. And on primetime there was Huckleberry Hound and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. These programs often relied on slapstick […]

Trump and the Fire Hose

April 16, 2017

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Years ago I heard someone say, “The presidency is like a fire hose — lots of power rushes through it, but it’s hard to move.” I took that to mean that everything you do, as the most powerful person on Earth, is constrained by precedent, tradition, opposition, and tactical limitations. I mentioned the quote to a […]

The Angry Goatee

April 9, 2017

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    As a freshman in college, I grew a goatee. A nod to my newfound freedoms, it was also a sop to the beards of the Hippy movement. I felt more with-it, more confident. These days, lots of young guys grow beards. It seems to have started about 10 years ago, when our film […]

Ballot Box Blues

November 27, 2016

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I’m starting to think that this is the last season of America and the writers are just going nuts. — Jake Flores What the hell is happening in the U.S.? Bitter anger between citizens, candidates nobody likes, garish negativity in the media. We’ve gotten so touchy with each other, it’s as easy to disrupt our harmony […]

Trump and the Anti-Semites

November 20, 2016

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                                         Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site in the United States. — Steve Bannon An acquaintance wondered if Donald Trump’s choice for White House chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, was an anti-Semite. The acquaintance cited an editorial released […]

Media vs. Trump

November 13, 2016

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The big story is the big cities trending blue (all over the country) and the smaller towns trending red. — Scott Sumner To the media, it was a stunning surprise. How on Earth could a tinhorn conservative boor like Donald Trump become president? After all, the polls clearly signaled a victory for the Democratic party’s […]

Politics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 6, 2016

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                                                        If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested. — Tom Wolfe CONSERVATIVES: Good things about American Conservatism Respect for […]