Monthly Archives: October 2013

Not for Domestic Consumption

Political gridlock makes everyone stupid. When each side digs in its heels and simply won’t budge an inch, well, there’s nothing left to say, other than to offer endless analysis of why each side won’t budge – ideologically or historically … Continue reading

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A Day of Hedging Bets

Media companies hedge their bets, and Fox News isn’t Fox Sports. On the last Wednesday in October, Fox Sports was carrying the sixth game of the World Series, and perhaps the Red Sox, one game away from winning it all, … Continue reading

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Considering Norquist’s Bathtub

It’s not like no one noticed. After the recent sixteen-day government shutdown, when we also came close to choosing to refuse to let the administrative branch pay the bills that the legislative branch had rung up over all the years, … Continue reading

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In the Land of Perpetual Outrage

Outrage is tiresome – but if you think that, you’re probably one of those east-coast intellectual types with your fancy-pants degrees and a Volvo in the driveway too. You didn’t vote for Sarah Palin back in 2008, hoping that the … 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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Dropping All Pretense

It’s getting cold out, even here in Los Angeles, and the days are getting shorter, and we all live in the moment. In late October it’s hard to remember the middle of March: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus presented … Continue reading

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Systems Integration

The concept is pretty simple. We have a representative democracy – direct democracy is impossible with a population of over three hundred million and growing. Everyone can’t vote on every single thing, nor would they want to, so we elect … Continue reading

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