Monthly Archives: September 2016

Number Nineteen

A subplot of this election has been the Rolling Stones demanding that Donald Trump stop using their songs at his rallies – “Start It Up” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and that sort of thing. But they … Continue reading

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That Better Part of Valor

Whoever said discretion is the better part of valor – it was Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henny IV by the way, explaining why he played dead to avoid a fight, to save his sorry ass – meant no more than it’s … Continue reading

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The Elusive Root Cause of Trump

Donald Trump has kept the media busy. Every four to six hours he says something offensive to someone – to women, to minorities, to economic and foreign-policy experts, and often to fellow Republicans. These are mostly naughty-schoolboy insults – intended … Continue reading

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Spinning the Loss

Perhaps politics is like sports. Someone wins, someone loses, and the same things matter, game-planning, skills and raw talent, situational awareness, and sheer physical strength. That’s how Donald Trump sees things. He keeps saying that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have the … Continue reading

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Simpleminded Braying

Well, that’s over. As the first presidential debate approached, Hillary Clinton was the needlessly obsessive-compulsive, cramming for the big night, and Donald Trump was the snide goofball, the rich kid who knows he’ll always do fine, because he always has, … Continue reading

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Expecting Lies

Everyone expects politicians to lie. If they like the lies, knowing full well they’re lies, they vote for that candidate. A little exaggeration never hurt anyone. Mexico isn’t really going to pay for that wall. There may be no new … Continue reading

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Cramming for the Finals

You either know your stuff or you don’t. That’s how some of us approached finals in college, a long time ago. There was no point in cramming – if you’d been paying attention, and thinking, all term, all possible answers … Continue reading

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