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.

Driven by Anger

People do write books. Thomas Wright is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power – “a groundbreaking look at the future … Continue reading

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Not Trump’s Women Now

The women who won it all came home and the trouble continued: Megan Rapinoe may not visit Donald Trump in the White House but she might throw him out of it, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Rapinoe, 34, … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Reality Show

The best training for untangling modern American politics is to spend a decade teaching high school English at a private school, an expensive one, where the kids from good or at least wealthy families put in their time before it’s … Continue reading

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Toward Disgrace and Downfall

This was the weekend things did not go as planned: A Fox News journalist giving a live broadcast in a sports bar in France didn’t go unnoticed by the Americans who were right there with him on Sunday. Fox News … Continue reading

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Political Points

There was another sad Fourth of July, and the byline here is April 7, 1983: A ban on apple pie couldn’t have brought a stronger reaction than Interior Secretary James Watt’s decision, revealed yesterday, to ban “rock bands” like the … Continue reading

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Not This Day

The Fourth of July is not a time for intense political argument. It’s a holiday celebrating something else entirely. See you tomorrow.

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Speaking to America

Let’s go way back in time: United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case that resulted in a unanimous decision against President Richard Nixon, ordering him to deliver tape recordings and other … Continue reading

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