Category Archives: Debt Limit

Disaster Deferred

Things looked dark on Tuesday. We were going into default and the government shutdown would last forever, or at least until Obama caved and gave up on Obamacare, or on all entitlement spending, or abolished the EPA and the IRS, … Continue reading

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Hope Dies

As usual, the high-powered Wall Street attorney called in late afternoon – early evening back there. Everyone should have a good friend who knows all there is to know about Wall Street and the arcane ins-and-outs of securities law too, … Continue reading

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A New Confederacy of Dunces

Graduate school is absurd and graduate school in English doubly so, and concentrating on Early Eighteenth Century British Literature, specifically on the lesser-known works of Jonathan Swift, triply so – but it had its moments. Now and then a string of … Continue reading

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Negotiating the Terms of Surrender

It’s quite possible to screw up winning it all. The Treaty of Versailles proved that. The First World War was over. Britain and France, with our considerable help, had won it all, and Germany had lost it all. All that … Continue reading

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Two Failed Coups

What follows below is provisional. Circumstances may change. They usually do, but something is up. Things are being settled. Commitments are being made. Except things aren’t quite settled and the commitments seem to be provisional – but then that describes … Continue reading

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Appropriate Despair

Medea gets pretty ticked off at Jason and murders her two children by him, but then the gods descend and carry her off, which is a bit ambiguous, but that’s still one hell of a tragedy. Oedipus kills his father … Continue reading

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The Logical End of Things

Horror movies are stupid. There’s no reason those pleasant young kids should explore that empty old house on that hill, or that the sweet young thing, the one with the killer body and the blond hair, should open that one … Continue reading

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