Category Archives: Obamacare

One Nit Successfully Picked

By all accounts Ronald Reagan was a pleasant fellow, and he was thoroughly sincere about what he believed without being a jerk about it, at least too often. Those who thought that what he believed was dangerous nonsense still liked … Continue reading

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Asking Questions of the Perpetually Uninformed

Anyone who’s spent far too many years kicking around Paris each December, and who has now and then played piano in a few dark urban bars, noodling away at the old standards in the background, has a soft spot for … Continue reading

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The Perils of Declaring Victory

Politicians used to be more inventive, or more honest, or more… something. There was George Aiken – one of those old-school “progressive” Republicans of the Teddy Roosevelt sort. Aiken arrived in the Senate in early 1941 and stayed there, with the help … Continue reading

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Constructive Dismissal

Elections should be about clear choices, and back in January 2012, with everyone assuming Mitt Romney would be the Republicans’ nominee for president, while enjoying the Trump-Bachmann-Gingrich-Cain-Perry-Santorum clown show that was developing, it was clear that Mitt Romney was not … Continue reading

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Assessing the Nightmare

August 8, 1974, ended in a hot muggy night in upstate New York, and the rental truck was cooling and clicking in the driveway – grad school down south, a bit of a nightmare at times, was over, and the … Continue reading

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The Origin, the Use, and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth

Sometimes it’s dim at the top. Anglophiles know that Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuart, was dumb as rock – but at least she didn’t flirt with Catholicism like her father, James II, who was thrown out … Continue reading

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Abandoning Sisyphus

It didn’t take twenty years here to figure it out. Hollywood is a strange place, where things are always shifting and friends come and go. Everyone moves on, all the time, and a decade or more ago it was hanging … Continue reading

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