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.

Four Times Sixty-Eight

Hang around long enough and you get jaded, or maybe simply tired. It’s that way with baby boomers, those of us who have seen sixty-eight Fourth of Julys go by. We had fathers who fought in World War II and … Continue reading

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The Troublemakers

Never underestimate troublemakers. It’s been two weeks since Donald Trump announced that he was running for president – and everyone smiled. This was a joke. He was a joke. At the time, Sean Davis offered this: This man doesn’t need … Continue reading

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Removing the Past as an Option

When William F. Buckley started his National Review in 1955, the Mission Statement included this about his new magazine – “It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have … Continue reading

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The Shift to Common Decency

It’s still sinking in. After Charleston, all that Republican and Fox News talk about black “thugs” and black folks with no sense of personal responsibility had to stop, and they had to give up on the Confederate flag too. Then things … Continue reading

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Greece Hits the Wall

Let’s talk about debt. We’re all awash in it – credit cards, student loans, the mortgage and all the rest – and we can’t print our own money. We’re stuck with it. We’ll never pay it off. We live lives … Continue reading

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The Next Lost Cause

In classical music they call them the old warhorses – the pieces that please the crowds and bore the musicians to tears – the 1812 Overture, Ravel’s Bolero, Bizet’s Carmen Suite and that sort of thing. And in musical theater … Continue reading

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The Great Awakening

America has had one Great Awakening after another – a sudden wave of religious enthusiasm, usually with widespread revivals led by thundering evangelical ministers. Everyone starts talking about religion, and about conviction and redemption and whatnot. Evangelical church membership jumps … Continue reading

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