Monthly Archives: September 2018

Slipping the Trap

There was a plan. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was going to defend himself in a single one-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. There had been no drunken attempted rape long ago. The woman who said that was just what had happened … Continue reading

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A Pause

No column this evening – needed to pause – some troubling health issues – but there are the politics – sometimes enough is enough – at least for this one evening –

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Breaking Bad

Everything was settled. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was set to defend himself – there had been no drunken attempted rape long ago. The woman who said that was just what had happened long ago was prepared to explain just what … Continue reading

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Of All Possible Worlds

There used to be books that made a difference. In 1759 it was Voltaire’s Candide, ou l’Optimisme – the young man, Candide, is told by his mentor, Pangloss, that we do live in the best of all possible worlds – just look … Continue reading

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That Monster Hiding In the Walls

It used to be funny. It seemed harmless. The Telegraph (UK) offered the Donald Trump Sexism Tracker: Every Offensive Comment in One Place – everything from the early eighties through July 2017 – all the comments about women being fat … Continue reading

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No Luck at All

From 1969 to 1971 CBS had a big hit with Hee-Haw – which was a slap-back at Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – the “irreverent” hit show for the hip antiestablishment counterculture. Not that “Laugh-In” spoke truth to power– it was just a comedy-variety show … Continue reading

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New Fault Lines

Coaches need to know their players. Teachers need to know their students. Managers need to know their employees. It’s all the same. Some people respond to encouragement – sure, it’s hard (whatever it is) – but they can do it. … Continue reading

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