Monthly Archives: August 2009

Time to Exit the Pretentious Sixties

Why was that? What were we thinking? Perhaps everyone asks themselves those questions, sooner or later. Those of us who were off to college in the autumn of 1965 and finished with it in June 1969 are the ones who … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess With Texas

When you grow up in Pittsburgh, go to college in Ohio and graduate school in North Carolina, teach for a decade at a prep school in upstate New York, then move to Los Angeles to work in aerospace, then end … Continue reading

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Dude, You’ve Got a Problem

Sometimes it seems that one of the most American of all American traits is feeling threatened, existentially. Something is going to change everything, and things will never be the same, or as they as should be, or should have been. … Continue reading

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Spite and Intimidation as Strategic Thinking

It was an odd moment many years ago, probably in the first year of our second major Iraq War, not the first one managed by the first President Bush, but the second war, initiated by the second President Bush, to … Continue reading

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We Are Our History

Sure, we settled the slavery issue with that Civil War we had. And Truman desegregated the armed forces after the second of the official World Wars, and in 1947 Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, and in 1954 the Supreme … Continue reading

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Stupidity 180

We have a cool new Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan – he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and was a basketball star there, and played a bit professionally, but he was no Bill Bradley. He made his mark in … Continue reading

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Who We Are or Think We Are

It’s probably best not to know what your government is doing, or what it has done. In spite of what Lincoln said at Gettysburg so many years ago, that we have a government of the people, by the people and … Continue reading

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