Monthly Archives: May 2020

Trapped in Perpetual Adolescence

November will be here soon enough. If there’s an election Trump stays or goes, or, if he loses, he doesn’t go. He has laid the appropriate groundwork. It was the mail-in ballots! This election was rigged! So if he loses … Continue reading

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Actual Existential Threats

Forget the war dead. This Memorial Day was like this – “The husband of the woman who leads the ‘Reopen NC’ movement says people should be willing to kill, if necessary, to resist the ‘New World Order’ and emergency orders … Continue reading

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Not This Year

Memorial Day has a long history – honor the Union dead, who kept the United States united, or the Confederate dead, who nobly fought to keep Southern chivalry and honor alive, or move on and honor all the dead who … Continue reading

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The New World of Nonsense

Back in 1984 there was that movie Stop Making Sense – the Talking Heads live on stage, shot at the Pantages Theater in December 1983, just down the street here in Hollywood. Leonard Maltin said it was “one of the greatest rock … Continue reading

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Pettiness as Policy

Kate Andersen Brower’s new book is Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump – and of course he’s not part of the club. Donald Trump doesn’t want to be part of that club, and Brower saw … Continue reading

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Simple Pure Defiance

Defiance is cool, and very British, so there are the ships – HMS Defiance (1588) was an 8-gun pinnace that took part in the action against the Spanish Armada in 1588, and HMS Defiance (1652) was a 10-gun ship captured … Continue reading

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That Man in His Head

No one remembers who spoke at their graduation, that seems a minor matter on the big day, but there was that graduation at West Point thirty years ago this June. Colin Powell spoke – that year it was the Chairman … Continue reading

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