Monthly Archives: April 2018

Anticipating Carnage

Donald Trump’s inaugural address was drafted by Stephen Miller, the kid from Santa Monica High School out here – the kid who hated the school’s Spanish-language announcements and the endless damned festivals of minority “cultures” and all the rest – … Continue reading

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Not That Easy At All

Never make things look easy. That leads to trouble. The presidency of Bill Clinton proved that. There had been eight years of economic growth. There had been eight years of peace, except for that Kosovo business. There was a surplus, … Continue reading

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Rudy to the Rescue

Some news stories make retired English teachers smile, like this from the Washington Post’s Avi Selk on this April’s Friday the Thirteenth: Today was a productive vocabulary day in the United States of America. The learning began in the morning, … Continue reading

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The Trump Whisperers

No one likes chaos. There’s always an explanation for any current mess. There’s always a hidden someone who’s really running things – Dick Cheney whispering in George W. Bush’s ear – Nancy Reagan telling Ronald Reagan what her astrologer told … Continue reading

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That Clueless Boss

It’s good to be retired. Each morning, the Los Angeles Times arrives with a thump outside the apartment door. It’s a retro thing. No one gets their news from newspapers any longer. The news in newspaper is yesterday’s news. The … Continue reading

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Privileged Information

Think of it as a movie. The setting – a federal courthouse in lower Manhattan – a cold and dark and rainy April morning, a Monday morning – the streets filled with reporters. The young and smart and handsome and … Continue reading

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Not Quite the Best and the Brightest

David Halberstam wrote the definitive book on the Kennedy administration – The Best and the Brightest – about Kennedy’s “whiz kids” – the brilliant minds that stumbled through the Bay of Pigs disaster and the Cuban Missile Crisis and then … Continue reading

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