Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Days of Chickens, Coming Home, Roosting

It had to happen eventually, and it was just as well it happened on trick or treat day, Wednesday, October 31 – the chickens come home to roost, or everything comes to a head, or whatever cliché you’d like.  It’s … Continue reading

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Get the Wrong Issues Right and You Lose

We know now the upcoming presidential campaign will be one where foreign policy will be an issue – we will be asked if we would best be served by a bully and a thug, someone who lets the world know … Continue reading

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This Spot in Time – A Political Snapshot

All of us who have taught English know the passage from Wordsworth’s The Prelude –   There are in our existence spots of time, That with distinct pre-eminence retain A renovating virtue, whence-depressed By false opinion and contentious thought, Or … Continue reading

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God May or May Not Be Dead, but the Religious Right Could Be

There hasn’t been that much news of the oppressed Christian minority, the few and the angry – that besieged minority constantly battling powerful elites – since Justice Sunday back in the spring of 2005 when Senate leader Bill Frist spoke … Continue reading

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Teaching Nothing to Nothings

Everyone gets their fifteen minutes of fame, although W. S. Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame (actually Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, to be precise) once said, “When everyone is somebody, then no one’s anybody.”  That seems to be so.   … Continue reading

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Friday Fright Night

Friday night in Los Angeles, smoke in the air still – the mountains that separate Southern California from the rest of America are still burning and the basin was masked by a vague haze all day, but better than the … Continue reading

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Living in a Theocratic Police State Waging Perpetual War

It was early August in the middle of Cape Cod, on the bay side – Chatham, Wellfleet, south of Truro.  We had all met in college in the mid and late sixties, and we were sixties people still, still out … Continue reading

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