Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Limits of Political Gamesmanship

And other forgettable August ended with another burst of the surreal: Any hopes that a kinder, gentler bipartisan Washington would surface once Congress returns after Labor Day were summarily dashed on Wednesday when President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner … Continue reading

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No Heads Exploded

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – the day heads didn’t explode all across Washington. This was the day In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir – Dick Cheney’s new book – finally hit bookstores everywhere. “There are gonna be heads … Continue reading

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Maybe Just Kidding

Even if you’re a godless liberal who has lived for decades in the Sodom and Gomorrah that is Hollywood, you do know there is that other Southern California – you’ve spent time there. This is also Jesus Land after all. … Continue reading

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Out of Sorts

One of the advantages of being a twice-divorced hermit living on a quiet street hidden between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard is what could be called cultural autonomy. You’re not part of the big sort-out in American life. The Economist … Continue reading

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In The Zone

Out here in Southern California it’s that time of year again. They’re back. It’s the Zoners – those would be the folks who drive in from Arizona. Those of us who live here know what to do about this special … Continue reading

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Out of Outrage

The left hasn’t done righteous outrage since the sixties – actually the late fifties through the early seventies, starting with the Civil Rights movement that gathered momentum after the 1954 Brown decision desegregating schools, leading to matters involving voting rights … Continue reading

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