Monthly Archives: July 2015

Frayed Affiliations

Americans have always held that all men are created equal, with a qualifier. Talent and good looks and intelligence are certainly not distributed equally at birth. Some people are born into money. Some are born in Altoona. The idea we … Continue reading

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Chameleon Politics

In the summer of 1964 it was two weeks at a music camp in Elkhart, Indiana. It took two weeks to get the Pittsburgh accent back. The flattened vowels and the drawl were gone just before that senior year in … Continue reading

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Not More of the Same

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – President Obama spoke to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars – in Pittsburgh this time. It was what everyone expected. The Iran deal makes sense. The military option is not the only … Continue reading

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The Phenomenology of Trump

Complex and puzzling and persistent phenomena have always driven men crazy. There must be an explanation for why things are as they are – and in biology, Darwin’s theories on evolution over time – where critters who end up with … Continue reading

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What They Should Have Said

That was quite a weekend – three ambitious men, who each tell us that they are the only one among all those other fools running who should be our next president, said what they really shouldn’t have said. One apologized, … Continue reading

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At a Minimum

In the late eighteenth century representative democracy seemed like a fine idea. We had our revolution. The French had theirs. Others would follow. There would be no more kings. It was the Age of Reason – the people could reason … Continue reading

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Precision German Engineering

Heaven is where the cooks are French, the police are British, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the cooks are British, the police are German, the mechanics are … Continue reading

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