Monthly Archives: September 2017

Our Own Golden Circus

There’s the matter of privilege. The Gilded Age was elegant, if you had big money. The privileged few did. Those were the days before personal income taxes of any kind. The privileged few kept all their money, and, except for … Continue reading

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Don’t Bother

There has always been a subset of American pop music for the pessimists – songs of loss and resignation. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote one that was a big hit for Peggy Lee in 1969 – Is That All … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

“Here Come Da Judge!” It was 1968 and the show was Laugh-In and Flip Wilson said the words – and the judge was Flip Wilson, a hip black dude. The unfortunate white defendant didn’t understand hipness or blackness and paid … Continue reading

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The Necessary Naming of Parts

Henry Reed was a British airman in World War II and his poem about a rifle lesson is rather famous – Lessons of War: The Naming of Parts – a narrative poem about a rifle lesson, at the time designated … Continue reading

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The Winner Who Loses

It was Billings, Montana. It was May 26, 2016. It was vintage Donald Trump: We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade. We’re going to win at the border. We’re going to … Continue reading

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Beyond Football Sunday

First a disclaimer – no one here in Los Angeles gives a damn about professional football. Yes, the Los Angeles Rams are back in town, but that’s a yawn. They began in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, and after winning … Continue reading

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Republicans at Ludicrous Speed

Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs has aged well for a thirty-year-old movie. It’s the little things. The bad guys – in Spaceball One of course – try to follow the good guys, disappearing in the distance, but Dark Helmet (don’t ask) foolishly orders … Continue reading

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