Monthly Archives: February 2011

Momentary Silence

No Monday evening column – out of town, and offline, for the entire day – but no doubt important things happened. And important people said important things. It can wait. Commentary will resume with a Tuesday evening column. Other important … Continue reading

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When It Has To Play Out

Things can get out of hand. Things can spin out of control – it happens all the time. Tell a little lie to cover meeting with your buddies after work – you had to work late on a special project … Continue reading

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A Third Age of Revolution

Sometimes you just feel you’re stuck in a nowhere place at a nowhere time – all the big important events were in the past, as they always are, and if big things were happening now, well, they were happening elsewhere. … Continue reading

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A Fresh Array of Useful Idiots

This seems to be the third in a series – not that it was planned this way, but Wisconsin happens: Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended a budget bill that would slash public workers’ benefits and most collective bargaining rights … Continue reading

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Ambushed by an Insult

If you’re so smart how come you’re not rich? That’s the ultimate American insult – you’ve got your anti-intellectual resentment and anger mixed with blustering panicked insecurity. And in an odd way that question seems to be at the core … Continue reading

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Randomly Applied Seriousness

The move to Los Angeles was thirty years ago, and the move to Hollywood at least sixteen years ago – and that was fine. In 1981 California was still the place to be – America worked out here. This was … Continue reading

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Oh, Sorry, Did You Say Something?

It was 1982 and Fast Times at Ridgemont High got it right – our hero Brad really wants to break up with Lisa so he can play the field during his senior year, but then he’s fired from that sort … Continue reading

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