Monthly Archives: August 2012

No Luck at All

The culture wars are nothing new. From 1969 to 1971 CBS had a big hit with Hee-Haw – which was a riposte Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – the irreverent hit show for the hip antiestablishment counterculture. Not that Laugh-In spoke … Continue reading

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Nothing

There’s no Wednesday evening column – technical problems – a system failure having to do with device recognition and USB ports that brought work to a stop at Just Above Sunset Photography – the sister site. That will take some … Continue reading

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Opening a New Front

There’s something all teachers know – it comes with the territory. If the kid does well that’s the kid’s accomplishment alone – he are she really rose to the occasion, and may actually have hidden talents that are only now … Continue reading

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Sailing on Defiance

Our Navy has never been all that systematic about naming ships. When we fought the Japanese in the Pacific after Pearl Harbor, the aircraft carriers were the Hornet and the Enterprise and so on – suggestive of clever resolve and … Continue reading

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Everything in Kansas City

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” That’s the last line of F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 novel about that Gatsby fellow – and of course it is full of deep meaning. Or maybe … Continue reading

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Trust and Irony

Back in 1949 George Orwell warned us about 1984 – but he didn’t warn us about those Vicks Formula 44 commercials that began airing in 1984, the ones featuring Chris Robinson, who at the time played Dr. Rick Webber on … Continue reading

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Losing Track in the Heat

A massive drought, the worst since the Dust Bowl years of the thirties, and the hottest July ever recorded with more of the same in August, and the Mississippi River shrinking to the point where soon no one will be … Continue reading

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