Tag Archives: Deficit Panic

Monsters for Our Times

We are moving from the age of moody sexy vampires to the age of flesh-eating mindless zombies. The Twilight series is finally and mercifully over and now World War Z – Brad Pitt’s zombie epic – gets a Super Bowl teaser … Continue reading

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Lost in Transition

There are some things you don’t like because… well, because you don’t like those things. Gay marriage used to be like that. But now New York is poised to legalize gay marriage – to everyone’s surprise. A number of Republicans … Continue reading

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When It Has To Play Out

Things can get out of hand. Things can spin out of control – it happens all the time. Tell a little lie to cover meeting with your buddies after work – you had to work late on a special project … Continue reading

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A Fresh Array of Useful Idiots

This seems to be the third in a series – not that it was planned this way, but Wisconsin happens: Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended a budget bill that would slash public workers’ benefits and most collective bargaining rights … Continue reading

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Ambushed by an Insult

If you’re so smart how come you’re not rich? That’s the ultimate American insult – you’ve got your anti-intellectual resentment and anger mixed with blustering panicked insecurity. And in an odd way that question seems to be at the core … Continue reading

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Randomly Applied Seriousness

The move to Los Angeles was thirty years ago, and the move to Hollywood at least sixteen years ago – and that was fine. In 1981 California was still the place to be – America worked out here. This was … Continue reading

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Oh, Sorry, Did You Say Something?

It was 1982 and Fast Times at Ridgemont High got it right – our hero Brad really wants to break up with Lisa so he can play the field during his senior year, but then he’s fired from that sort … Continue reading

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