Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

Exceedingly Bad Karma

“The president has really good karma, and the world turns back to him.” That remains to be seen, but ever since the sixties, when commonplace common sense was given new names from mysterious Eastern religions, everyone knows the term: Karma … Continue reading

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Ten Times Harder

Legends don’t have to be true. No one believes that George Washington, as a lad, chopped down that cherry tree, and when confronted by his father, fessed up and said, “Father, I cannot tell a lie.” That’s admirable, but Mark … Continue reading

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The Sore-Loser-in-Chief

f”If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” That was W. C. Fields’ advice, but there are romantics. Robert Kennedy’s favorite song was The Impossible Dream from the … Continue reading

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The Winner Loses It

Losing is no fun, but there’s advice on how to deal with losing. Samuel Butler recommended moving on – “One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting … Continue reading

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Not Getting It Done

There was trouble coming. President Trump had a bad weekend. It was that Washington Post-ABC News poll: Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has … Continue reading

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Overwhelming Second Thoughts

After six months Donald Trump is still our president, and in a Washington Post op-ed, Colbert King said we asked for this: Trump the candidate showed himself to be an ignorant, undisciplined, ranting bully who exaggerated and lied without shame. A … Continue reading

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When Distracted

The talk of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians is getting tiresome. Donald Trump kept saying that there was no real proof of anything – a sensible but narrow defense – but suddenly there was proof. On June 9, … Continue reading

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