Monthly Archives: March 2018

No Right to Be Here

Desiderata – “desired things” in Latin – is the notion behind Les Crane’s 1971 spoken-word recording Desiderata – “You are a child of the universe… You have a right to be here.” That was the chorus, matched with soothing smug … Continue reading

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Descartes Muttering In His Grave

December 13, 2000, was a long time ago. That evening, Al Gore conceded the election to George Bush, and it was an odd time to be in Paris. It was already the next day in Paris. Gore’s concession had been … Continue reading

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Silence Interrupted by Dread

Before there was No-Drama Obama there was Silent Cal – Calvin Coolidge of course – “I have never been hurt by what I have not said.” His reticence was intentional. He often said that he knew that any president’s words … Continue reading

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On Leading Without Planning

New presidents come to the job with a particular philosophy about what government should and should not do, and something like plan about what to do, and not to do. That’s what they had offered voters, and if enough voters … Continue reading

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Essential Weakness

It was just another Monday. The Stormy Daniels story chugged along – Stormy Daniels Sues Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen For Defamation – Trump Apparently Griping To Folks That Stormy Daniels Isn’t the ‘Type of Woman He Finds Attractive’ – Stormy … Continue reading

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Some Things Work Out

Life is full of disappointments. There are moments of triumph. Some things work out. Some things just don’t work out: Mike Hughes, a California man who is most known for his belief that the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee, … Continue reading

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Gloom and Misery Everywhere

Some years are just awful. There was 1933 – the economy had collapsed and the Great Depression had shut down just about everything. There was the Reichstag fire and the Reichstag Fire Decree – Hitler was on the move. German civil liberties … Continue reading

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