Monthly Archives: February 2010

The General

The general in question is David Petraeus – born in Cornwall-on-Hudson just up the river from Manhattan, and just five miles north of West Point. And he went to West Point of course, and in 1974 graduated in the top … Continue reading

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The Burn-Down-the-House Movement

Thursday, February 18, it was big news – the software engineer with a massive grudge against the government flew his single-engine plane into that IRS building in Austin, leaving two dead and thirteen wounded and setting off a huge fireball … Continue reading

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The Importance of Boredom

Friday, February 19, was dark and cloudy here in Hollywood, and a little spooky. One does get used to sunshine all the time, even if it is a tad boring. Maybe Southern California is paradise, and maybe not. Live here … Continue reading

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Random Purposeful Madness

There is always the tinfoil-hat crowd, the conspiracy crowd. Everyone makes fun of them, as those folks wear the little metal hats to shield the brain from electromagnetic fields, or to guard against mind control, or to stop the mindreading … Continue reading

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The Substance of Things

Wednesday, February 17, in Hollywood, should have been a holiday. As for the rest of the country, well, you may have had snow and sleet, but it was sunny and eighty here, and it was Paris Hilton’s birthday. And she … Continue reading

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Now It’s About Nothing

There are national holidays about nothing, like Guy Fawkes Day in England, celebrating the day in 1605 when Parliament didn’t blow up. That actually is a celebration of stopping, at the last moment, a major urban terrorist attack by a … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Fanatically Shallow

In his 1977 film Annie Hall – considered his best – Woody Allen was not nice to the world out here in Hollywood, where the light of his protagonist’s life, Annie, goes to make it big, or to get in … Continue reading

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