Category Archives: Obama Calm and Steady

Real Change without Intervention

Out here in Los Angeles sports fans miss Phil Jackson – the Zen Master who was also into all sorts of Native American stuff, like burning sage in the locker room at the start of each Lakers season, to drive … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cool

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-hair stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Politics

If you listen to Sean Hannity every night on Fox News – not recommended actually – you will learn that President Obama is the most hated American president ever – and he’s so hated no one will vote for him, … Continue reading

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A Resolution of Sorts

All conflicts get resolved eventually. The Japanese and the Germans are now our allies, and Vietnam is now an afterthought – one of our minor trading partners, and not much worth thinking about otherwise. But of course there are the … 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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The Value of Lacking Passion

Just down the street there’s that giant fiberglass frog. That’s Kermit the Frog on the roof of the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea, currently the home of The Jim Henson Company, as in the Muppets, as in Kermit … Continue reading

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The Irresistible Urge to Overreact to Prove Your Seriousness

Okay, it was Paris, at Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG – or Charlie to some, or Chuck). It was the morning of December 23, 2001 – standing in line to check the bags full of Christmas presents for the … Continue reading

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