Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Eve of Destruction

The Eve of Destruction – of all of the pretentious crap songs from the sixties, that one was the worst of them. It was offered to The Byrds – but they rejected it. Pretentious posturing just isn’t cool – that’s … Continue reading

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The Odd Uses of Religion

Those of us who don’t find religion that compelling can still find it fascinating. People believe all sorts of things, and tell you that you should too. That’s kind of fun, in an anthropological way. For example, back in the … Continue reading

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Having It All Out

Thanksgiving down, Christmas to go – and we all made it through with no one being banished from the family for life. Sure, there was the political conversation as dinner was winding down and we were all filling the corners, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

A pause – off for the holiday with the family, elsewhere – Commentary will resume in a few days – But when there are no words, there are sometimes pictures – Hollywood this week – Extreme Hollywood Old Hollywood Vixens … Continue reading

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Obama’s Failed Presidency

It seems so long ago but you might remember – in the last weeks of his presidency, George Bush (the second one) reverted to type. With the world’s economy collapsing around him and the two wars he started early in … Continue reading

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Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings? There is that sappy old Irving Berlin song from the 1954 movie “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby singing to Rosemary Clooney something about counting your blessings instead of sheep. It seems when you’re worried and just can’t … Continue reading

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Populist Politics for Dummies

Another Thanksgiving, and the same problem, as always – if you’re of the liberal persuasion, even though you try to hide it with some hedging and saying that you’re really a progressive, but not really that, rather just curious about … Continue reading

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