Category Archives: Birthers

Only a Joke

Robert Frost once said that humor is the most engaging form of cowardice, but not really. In Some Observations on Style he said this: I own any form of humor shows fear and inferiority. Irony is simply a kind of … Continue reading

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Convergence

Friends say Anne Applebaum is cool – but of course she’s in another world, that of the international public intellectual. There are few of those, and in her case her 2003 book Gulag: A History won the Pulitzer Prize for … Continue reading

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Testing the Limits of Charm

There was a time in America where everyone loved Gomer Pyle – a character played by Jim Nabors in a sit-com that ran from 1964 through 1969, when America finally seemed to have tired of the supremely unaware and rather … Continue reading

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American Kristallnacht

There’s Phase Transition: A phase transition is a natural physical process. It has the characteristic of taking a given medium with given properties and transforming some or all of that medium into a new medium with new properties. Phase transitions … Continue reading

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Civil Discourse

It’s one of the long-running jokes in recent American cultural history. You might remember Rodney King – in 1991 a whole lot of LAPD officers beat him to a pulp, and it was a rather protracted process. But they didn’t … Continue reading

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Hollywood for Ugly People

Sure, it is often said that Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people – politicians are all posturing self-obsessed drama queens. But come out and hang around Hollywood a bit and you’ll see – we have plenty of ugly people … Continue reading

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The Ascendency of the South and Its Sad Decline

Sure it was a cultural shock – imagine growing up in Pittsburgh then attending a small liberal arts college in Ohio in the last four years of the sixties. In 1965, Lyndon Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State … Continue reading

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