Monthly Archives: November 2014

After Generalized Thanks

America paused for Thanksgiving, the national holiday that has nothing to do with religion or patriotism. Jesus isn’t mentioned and there are no Thanksgiving national heroes we honor. The holiday is rife with no particular meaning at all – unless … Continue reading

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The Thanksgiving Pause

Drop by later – out of town for Thanksgiving, down in the San Diego area with family down there, returning Saturday morning – should be back in Hollywood by noon. That means there is no Thursday evening column, and there … Continue reading

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No Exorcizing Our Demons

Presidential candidates promise all sorts of things – a chicken in every pot, no gay folks ever coming near you again, lower taxes for you and higher taxes for everyone else, a government that does good things, a government that … Continue reading

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The Words That Follow

We’re Americans. If something is wrong, we fix it. What, slavery is bad? We fixed that. What, women are fully functional beings? They can actually think in a rational way, and ought to be allowed to vote? We fixed that. … Continue reading

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Watching It Burn Again

Los Angeles was supposed to be nice – beaches and sunshine and the big stars up in Hollywood, and Malibu and the surfers just a few minutes up the coast. Everyone was tanned and pretty, and loose and relaxed and … Continue reading

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Life in the Age of Infinite Outrage

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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Something Shifted

Anyone who watches sports knows all about momentum. The play-by-play folks talk about it endlessly, telling everyone what is obvious. Suddenly everything is going right for one team and everything is going wrong for the other. No one knows why … Continue reading

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