Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Elusive Underlying Truth

Frank Luntz is that corporate and political consultant and pollster you used to see on CNN and MSNBC a lot, until they figured out he wasn’t exactly neutral – he had worked and still works for the Republican Party.  All … Continue reading

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Things Were Better When It Was Just Paranoia

In 1999 Ron Rosenbaum gave us Explaining Hitler –   Seeking explanations for Hitler’s monumental evil and the Holocaust, Rosenbaum traveled from Vienna and Munich to London, Paris and Jerusalem, interviewing leading historians, biographers, philosophers, psychologists and theologians. While this … Continue reading

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We Understand Sex and Money

Wednesday, November 28, the Republican debate started out a bit hot and nasty – “Republican presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney scornfully debated immigration Wednesday in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate just over a month before the first votes … Continue reading

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Noting Things While Remaining a Detached Observer

A dark and dreary morning here in Hollywood, but the coffee was good and a random stroll on the internet was just the ticket – sometimes being a flâneur (from the French verb flâner, “to stroll”) is just the thing.  … Continue reading

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Religion as Political Policy

Monday, November 26, and the summit at Annapolis was looming, the one to fix everything concerning the Jewish state and the Arab/Muslim/Palestinian/Persian/Druze entities in the region.  It could go well, or not – it was hard to tell.  But the … Continue reading

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Betting that Voters Admire Capitulation

The week that rumbles into sluggish motion after Thanksgiving – perhaps into forward motion but perhaps not – seems a good time to assess the political road ahead.  In January 2009 we will have a new president, unless the Current … Continue reading

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Can We Talk? What Embarrasses Us

Anne Fadiman, the author and editor, and the daughter of Clifton Fadiman, is at it again.  Her 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (website here) won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Ex Libris: Confessions … Continue reading

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