Monthly Archives: September 2013

Reduced Circumstances

It’s fitting that the external computer keyboard gave up the ghost this evening. All that works now are the tiny laptops keys, and all the useful function keys are in a slightly different place. They’re there somewhere, maybe, but this … Continue reading

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Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past

It’s always about the past. That’s why Fitzgerald’s Gatsby novel is considered the great American novel. It’s all about a noble but flawed fellow who wants to recapture the past, in the person of his one true love from long … Continue reading

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America’s Friday Night

Not everyone has a name and a reputation, so there’s an art to naming restaurants something other than Joe’s Place. Not everyone is Michael Jordan or Bobby Flay, so the issue is finding something impersonal that will still draw a … Continue reading

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Proposing the Alternative to Constitutional Democracy

When the president takes that oath of office, when members of Congress take their oaths of office, they swear to defend the Constitution. The oath isn’t about any particular public policy position – treating the poor or unlucky a certain … Continue reading

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When Reality Doesn’t Go Away

Science fiction is for teenagers, and for adults who know their life peaked in their senior year in high school, when absolutely everything was vital and important, and for whom it’s been all downhill ever since, or so it seems. … Continue reading

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As Different as Different Could Be

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Calculated and Careful Callousness as Policy

This was the Monday before the Monday, one week before Monday, September 30, when, at midnight, the federal government shuts down. It will have no legal authority to spend any money, except on essential services. Everyone in the military will … Continue reading

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