Category Archives: Bush

Reputation

One of the joys of being obscure is having no reputation, one way or the other. There’s nothing to live up to, and not much to live down – so when you do something good people are usually pleasantly surprised. … Continue reading

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Reasons to Worry

William “Bill” Kristol – editor of the Weekly Standard and founding member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) – and Fox News analyst and now a columnist for the New York Times – is a real pip.   … Continue reading

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Understanding American Enthusiasms

It was the radical sixties – college days – and some of us were stuck in the middle of Ohio. There was no trekking off to San Francisco with flowers in our hair – whoever had a car could get … Continue reading

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The Sermon on Good Intentions

If you’re really old, as some of us are, you might remember something that predated Monty Python – Beyond the Fringe, a British comedy revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Most remember … Continue reading

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Dealing With the Keystone Cops

The Keystone Cops are now obscure, at least the original Keystone Cops – the totally incompetent cluster of policemen in that series of silent film comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917 – … Continue reading

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Six Years Late

Yes, it doesn’t much matter now, but it happened again:     In a stinging rebuke to President Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the … Continue reading

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Selling Sincerity

This is being written in the evening, on Friday, June 6, 2008, so the next words may have to be modified – it seems things have been settled, and now one of two people will be the next president, John … Continue reading

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