Tag Archives: Debt Ceiling Debate

Moderation Revisited

It wasn’t supposed to be this way – a prolonged cold snap in Los Angeles, with overnight lows near freezing and cold winds from the north all day, even if the sun is still shining as ridiculously as ever. Yeah, … Continue reading

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Watching the Fail

Like a dog worrying a bone, the American public can only obsess about one issue at a time, the big crisis of the day. Rupert Murdoch may be having a bad time, having much to explain to the British parliament, … Continue reading

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Not Greece

Bastille Day in Los Angeles – and no one notices. This is not really much of a French place, save for the immediate neighborhood, and this building just above Sunset Boulevard, home to a good number of those elegant folks. … Continue reading

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Deciding Who Is Lying To Themselves

People lie because lying works. There was that seminal 1979 book on lying – Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – by the formidable Sissela Bok – the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners and married to the … Continue reading

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Playground Politics

Yeah, parents try to teach their kids to be somewhat gracious, or if not that, at least to keep their natural petulance to themselves. The idea is that, if you lose at something, you should appear to be a good … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Conservative

There are conservative icons more substantial than Barry Goldwater, who had no problem with gay folks, and Ronald Reagan, who, as president, raised taxes eleven times, and told congress, with some passion, that they’d be insane not to raise the … Continue reading

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