Tag Archives: Cutting Medicare

Everything Should Be Grand

There are great moral questions in life, and deep philosophic questions, and questions of identity and one’s life’s work, and questions on how to manage all sorts of interpersonal relationships – but everyone likes a good bargain. No one wants … Continue reading

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

No one misses the days of the classic dreary and depressing British films – the black and white social-realism kitchen-sink tales of working-class lost souls, trapped in a world where they had no chance to escape any of the dreariness, … Continue reading

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Embracing the Dismal

Some of us are now willing to join that War on Christmas that Bill O’Reilly keeps talking about – but not because we’re secular humanist abortion-loving dope-smoking gay hippies left over from the counterculture sixties we could never let go. … Continue reading

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Political Street Life

Cities have iconic streets that define them. New York has Wall Street – the seat of all money and power in the city that never sleeps and takes no prisoners. Paris has its Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the Elysian Fields, the … Continue reading

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Seriousness Examined

No, you’re not alone. When someone tells you it’s time to get serious it’s quite natural to giggle – people can get serious about the oddest things. This happens a lot in high school sports – in the huddle the … Continue reading

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The Sound and the Fury

Many pretentious and angry young men – and there may be no other kind, save for the infinitely irritating Justin Bieber – commit that passage from Shakespeare to memory: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from … Continue reading

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Stalemate in Imaginary America

For many there is this hypothetical America that once existed and to which we must return. That’s the America where you graduated from high school or college, sowed a few a wild oats if you had any in you – … Continue reading

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