Category Archives: Republicans’ False Populism

Graciousness

Never marry into an important family of high achievers – the work of being gracious will kill you. Back in the eighties it was the late afternoon chit-chat at the Pentagon, a room full of political biggies and old men … Continue reading

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To Be Blunt About It

Set it and forget it. You hear that said all the time in those infomercials for this kitchen gizmo or that – those infomercials everyone blows by on their way to something even vaguely worth watching on television. And no … Continue reading

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Arguing Against the Idea of Doing Things

There is such a thing as medical humor. You feel awful and the doctor asks that question. Have you had this before? And you know the answer if you say yes. Well, you have it again. That might be followed … Continue reading

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Dead Week Warnings

It’s that dead week between Christmas and New Years Eve. People go back to work, sort of. Their hearts aren’t in it, and trading on Wall Street is so light that no one is paying much attention as things rise … Continue reading

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Dumb or Smug – But Useful

Orwell warned us about 1984 – but he didn’t warn us about PowerPoint. The first version of that presentation software came into the world on August 14, 1984 – designed for the Macintosh and called “Presenter.” In 1987, as it … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Devil

A long, long time ago, when public schools still had music programs, you might have found yourself in a student orchestra slogging through the ballet music to Gounod’s Faust – it’s catchy, and easy enough to master. And it’s silly … Continue reading

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Open Class Warfare Now

Thursday, March 19, 2009 – the sixth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War – and that would be the second one, where we took over the place, for better or worse. We were told, explicitly, that we did … Continue reading

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