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.

The Closer

The man did write The Art of the Deal and on Thursday, May 26, 2016, Donald Trump closed the deal: Donald J. Trump officially secured the number of delegates he needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, according to … Continue reading

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Fundamental Cruelty

Donald Trump was out here, holding a rally not far from Disneyland, so of course things got a little cartoonish: Donald Trump cut into a handful of prominent Republican figures during a Wednesday rally, even lightly chiding those who ultimately … Continue reading

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Using the Nineties

Those of us who were once English teachers like this sort of thing: A group of more than 400 writers, including big names such as Stephen King, David Eggers, Amy Tan, Junot Díaz and Cheryl Strayed, released an online petition … Continue reading

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The Last Statesman

It may be that Barack Obama is anticipating a Trump presidency, where Trump will do everything he says he will do, which is his vow. We’ll pull out of the Paris Climate Accords because global warming is a hoax cooked … Continue reading

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This Very Ugly Game

Donald Trump is proud that he isn’t a gentleman. He hates that sort of thing. He won’t be “politically correct” and says that we, as a nation, have to “stop being nice” or we’ll all die. It’s time we hurt … Continue reading

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Judging Seriousness

Americans are a practical people but willing to try anything, as long as someone answers one basic question. How is that supposed to work? They’ll try the new thing if they see how it will work, or how it might … Continue reading

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The Panic Begins

It was such a nice morning in May – no one was giving a thought to just how fascism comes to America – the sun was shining – but then there was Robert Kagan in the Washington Post: Republican politicians marvel … Continue reading

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