Monthly Archives: December 2017

What Actually Happened

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ Bill Vaughan “The tiger springs in the New Year. Us he devours.” ~ T. S. Eliot … Continue reading

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As He Pleases

Donald Trump may or may not have grabbed various women by the pussy. There are fifteen or so women who have said, independent of each other, that he really did do that sort of thing, and they have the times … Continue reading

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No Walking Away Now

Czechoslovakia was a bad idea. Czechoslovakia had been thought up in late May, 1918, in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Agreement was a memorandum of understanding between members of Czech and Slovak expatriate communities here, setting up a country there, in a … Continue reading

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Those Deep State Blues

If angry white conservatives sang the blues – an odd concept of course – they’d be singing the Deep State Blues. White-hot anger at everything the government does, or perhaps everything the government is – mixed with a bit of … Continue reading

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In the Dead Zone

The dead zone in American politics is the week when nothing much happens, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Congress has left town, but back home they’re not meeting with their constituents, who don’t want to hear from … Continue reading

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Yes, Christmas

Let it rest. It’s Christmas – Christmas elsewhere – and then home to Hollywood and current events and whatnot – later. Drop by on Tuesday evening. There may be much to say on Tuesday evening about the way the world … Continue reading

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The Opposite Reaction

It was November 17, 1973 – it was a televised press conference with four hundred Associated Press Managing Editors at Walt Disney World in Florida – an oasis of pleasant make-believe in the Florida scrub – and it was Richard … Continue reading

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