Monthly Archives: September 2015

Complications Arise

Things just got worse. That’s what the pessimist always says. Things just got better – lots of stuff that looks bad is really an opportunity for change, for good things to happen later, or even soon. Optimists say that. Cynics … Continue reading

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No Sufficient Second

John Boehner is gone, or as good as gone. November will find him back in Ohio, no longer Speaker of the House and no longer a congressman. He grinned when he resigned. He sang a bit of that Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da song … Continue reading

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Jugglers and Comics

It’s odd to be exactly one year older than the Ed Sullivan Show. That premiered on CBS on Sunday, June 20, 1948, and that was every Sunday night in America until Sunday, June 6, 1971 – and then it was … Continue reading

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The Republican Revolution

John Boehner is gone. The old Republican Party has been overthrown. Well, not really – Boehner won’t be gone until November and Jeb Bush and establishment Republicans are still out there. Mitch McConnell runs the Senate, not Ted Cruz. The … Continue reading

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The Third Story

Live long enough and you meet all sorts of people. The “special events” producer at CNN, with her Emmy and all, had stories about how hard it was to cover things like political conventions and state visits. There were a … Continue reading

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The big day finally arrived. Pope Francis addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress, the first pope ever to do that, and the Republicans were only mildly sorry they ever asked him to do that in the first place. Yes, he is … Continue reading

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A Great Disturbance in the Force

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.” Obi-Wan Kenobi had to sit down. He sensed the destruction of the planet Alderaan, even if it was … Continue reading

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