Tag Archives: Tea Party Politics

American Splinters

We’re different, or exceptional as we like to tell everyone else in the world, even if they roll their eyes or seethe in resentment – and one part of our American Exceptionalism, other than being exempt from all the rules … Continue reading

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Celebrating Disruption

After twenty years one becomes jaded. Hollywood just doesn’t seem that exciting, and the Sunset Strip is just irritating, at least at night. It’s the traffic, and the places people have decided they really must go. The Laugh Factory is … Continue reading

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Resuming Normal Time

It was back to normal. As November began, Daylight Savings Time, that marginally useful fiction, ended. Everyone set their clocks and wristwatches and little black boxes back one hour, even if the days are still the same length, even if … Continue reading

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The New Bad Guy

We were the high school Class of 1965 and the college Class of 1969, and we certainly knew how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Before our teens, before color television, the bad guys wore the black … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Impossible

Tweety Bird is at it again. That would be Chris Matthews – the cable news guy of boundless and unfocused enthusiasm, or outrage, at any given moment. The man knows politics – he was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and … Continue reading

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Trying Times

October 4, 2013, is probably not December 23, 1776: These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by … Continue reading

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Swapping One Crisis for Another

Syria is over, at least as a crisis to lead the news, day after day. Maybe our secretary of state, John Kerry, committed a major gaffe in London, when he sarcastically said the whole crisis would be over if Syria … Continue reading

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