Monthly Archives: January 2009

Common Decency

Well, this was nice:   On a morning of countless firsts in U.S. history, add this: Barack Obama’s inaugural speech is the first time a president has ever explicitly acknowledged not only “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus” but non-believers … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing as a Way of Life

The actual results of the 2008 presidential election don’t bear it out, but, having friends and family out here, it’s easy to assume that everyone south of Los Angeles County – those in almost entirely Republican Orange County and in … Continue reading

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The First Two Days in the World of Reality

Maybe it started with the James Bond films and the villains who just could not be stopped – Doctor No and Goldfinger and whomever. Only the extraordinary guy who didn’t even bother to scoff at the rules, as they were … Continue reading

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The Small Stuff

They say don’t sweat the small stuff. They, whoever they are, say lots of things. The small stuff is what makes you sweat.   You know what it’s like – you start a new job, and you can do the … Continue reading

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We Grew Up

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – the day of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth president, as the third act of America began. You remember Act One, starring Thomas Jefferson – All Men Are Created Equal. And you remember … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous End Notes

Monday, January 19, 2009 – George W. Bush’s last full day on the job. The new guy would be president tomorrow. That meant it was a day to look back, and look forward – you have to do something while … Continue reading

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The Temperament Trap

There is that famous schlock poem by Rudyard Kipling:   If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make … Continue reading

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