Monthly Archives: August 2016

Under the Volcano

For a dystopian view of Mexico, read Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano – hang around with Geoffrey Firmin, that alcoholic British consul in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac, on the Day of the Dead in 1938 – it’s the … Continue reading

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is not Colin Powell. One is an NFL quarterback and the other a retired general, once Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and then secretary of state – but both are black, or African-American if you prefer. In the … Continue reading

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Inviting Uncertain Chaos

It was only a month ago, but things move fast in an election year, and change quickly, so few may remember this: Donald Trump dared a foreign government to commit espionage on the U.S. to hurt his rival on Wednesday, … Continue reading

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The State of the Race about Race

Some things are inevitable. After eight years of America enduring a black president – who has been frustratingly moderate and thoughtful and gracious, and has had the gall not to produce one useful sexual or financial or politic scandal at … Continue reading

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The Word of the Day

On the last Friday in August in this election year the word was that Donald Trump was going to lose in November. At Nate Silver’s utterly thorough FiveThirtyEight, Hillary Clinton’s chance of winning was calculated at 81.1% and Trump’s at … Continue reading

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Hillary Out of the Box

We’ve never had a woman who might actually win the presidency, so there are no rules for how she should go about this. The dour Germans elected that Merkel woman long ago, a dull as dirt extraordinarily competent technocrat with … Continue reading

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Seeking the Proper Scandal

We haven’t had a good scandal since Watergate. Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was juicy, and got him impeached, but he was impeached for something quite simple – lying about a simple sexual matter – and he wasn’t convicted, … Continue reading

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