Tag Archives: Coming Fight on Raising the Debt Ceiling

Those Heroic Hostage-Taking Thugs

Now comes the grind – after Christmas and New Year’s there’s that stretch of six cold and empty weeks without anything much to celebrate until Valentine’s Day, when every male in America is terrified at getting it wrong. Until then … Continue reading

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What Just Happened

Hardly anyone remembers now, but sports used to be far different. No one really knew what just happened – blink and you missed the big play. Was the runner really safe at home? Fans would scream that the ump was … Continue reading

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The Shape of Things to Come

If you had wanted to know what was going to happen from 1933 through 2106 you would have read H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come – in 1933 of course. Most of that book is silly, but … Continue reading

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The Midnight Cliff

Out here on the West Coast each New Year’s Eve is a bit surreal – on CNN you can watch the ball drop in Times Square at nine in the evening, or you can wait to watch that at midnight, … Continue reading

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The Eve of the Eve

Some days are inherently unsatisfactory. In fact, there’s not even a name for them, like the eve of New Year’s Eve, the day before that odd day that ends in all the parties and that business in Times Square. The … Continue reading

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