Category Archives: Republican Attraction to the Extreme

The Evidence Piles Up

Some wag once said that the plural of anecdote is not data. That three teenage girls in Akron decided to shave their heads and wear giant black plastic bags to school every day means nothing much – it’s not a … Continue reading

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Auditioning for the Clown Show

The Republicans had a hard time settling on John McCain as their candidate in 2008 – he’d been all over the map, ideologically, all for immigration reform, on humanitarian grounds, and his name was on the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act that … Continue reading

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The Mercy Rule

“It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.” ~ George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London “You say you care about the poor? Tell me their names.” ~ Craig Greenfield Any midterm election … Continue reading

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Our Secular Apocalypse

The notion that we live in those prophesized End Times – Jesus is coming soon, again, after the Antichrist, who is obviously Obama, and there will be that final battle at Armageddon, which actually is in Israel, followed by the … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

After a life well-lived retirement can be mighty fine. After a curious life filled with strangeness and the unexpected, enjoyed and endured and savored and bitter far too many times, it’s just curious. It also seems flat, even here in … Continue reading

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A Way of Seeing Things

Christmas Eve, 1998, was the strange one – sitting quietly in the hospital room in Pittsburgh, with the parents each in their separate beds, each drifting in an out of consciousness – and accepting that. They’d be back at the … Continue reading

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Wait For It

Anticipation is a wonderful thing, at least in sports – when it’s the bottom of the ninth and the score is tied and the grizzled old slugger, well past his prime, is called in from some dark corner of the … Continue reading

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