Monthly Archives: August 2019

Almost the Right Thing

There was that graduation at West Point long ago. Colin Powell spoke – he was fine. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and we had no enemies now. In fact, our idea of how societies should be organized had won. … Continue reading

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Boris Shows How It’s Done

This is getting tiresome. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and John Wagner report on the spat of the day: President Trump says he wants to change the channel on Fox News, the cable network that helped make his political career … Continue reading

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Hegemonic Masculinity

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.” That was George Orwell … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Joe

Joe Biden, old and a bit scattered, but pleasant and well-meaning and open, who wants the nation to get back to being calm and sensible, with minimal shouting, is running for president as kind of an ordinary Joe – a … Continue reading

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Waiting Trump Out

The world is a confusing place. The surfing is good out here in Malibu. But some say the surfing is even better in Ireland and there’s this – Why Biarritz is an Absolute Must for Surfers – and Biarritz is … Continue reading

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Socializing Trump

Socialization is odd. Men try to be cool. The feedback is instant and incessant – that was cool – you idiot, that wasn’t cool – be James Bond, damn it – or be John Wayne – so men make instant … Continue reading

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Not Now

There’s no Thursday evening column – pesky health issues – but expect a Friday evening post. Sorry.

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