Monthly Archives: April 2010

In a Snit and Claiming That as Policy

Times change, and sometimes it’s just not like the old days. Back in 1973 it was the Saturday Night Massacre – the Attorney General resigns, rather than do what President Nixon tells orders him to do, fire the special prosecutor … Continue reading

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Quarreling and Intellectual Bankruptcy

People generally quarrel because they can’t argue. G. K. Chesterton is said to have said that, and he was onto something there. Imagine you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, quite lost, and everyone is trying to figure out what … Continue reading

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Deciding Who We Are

What do you want to do when you retire, if you ever can? Those of us who walked away from the world of work a few years ago, to finally do what we want, found our means of doing what … Continue reading

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Political Tactics In Conflict With Political Goals

Although people often get them confused, tactics are what you plan to do to win the battle at hand, and rather specific, while strategy has to do with why you’re fighting the battle in the first place – you have … Continue reading

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Some Derivative Observations

You have to admire the focused and determined sorts who know, when they’re ten years old or so, exactly what they’re going to be in life, and with amazing single-mindedness become what they said they’d become – a doctor or … Continue reading

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On Enjoying Being Cheated

Rochester, up at the forgotten top left corner of New York, and so many hundreds of miles from Manhattan, just wouldn’t do. It felt static, kind of dead in the water, so in 1981 it was off to LA – … Continue reading

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Responsible Adult Leadership

Maybe you had to be there. People say that when they realize you have no idea what they’re talking about. And you can imagine some Tea Party enthusiast – perhaps a reasonably well-off very angry white guy in his late … Continue reading

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