Category Archives: Compromise

Impossible Expectations

Billy Joel had a big hit in 1974 with Piano Man – a bit of a narrative about a cocktail-lounge piano player fielding requests for the old standards from desperate defeated dreamers, feeding them what musical hope he can, which … Continue reading

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Christmas Wrapping

It is the end of a miserable year, but it is mercifully drawing to a close, and there’s a way to talk about such things out here in Hollywood. It’s a wrap! Strike the Washington set! But of course that’s … Continue reading

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The Dawn of Mad Men

Frederick Lewis Allen wrote Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen Twenties in 1931, so, for him, that was pretty much only yesterday, and it’s still a pretty good read, probably because we’re living a bit of the twenties … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Impossible

Tweety Bird is at it again. That would be Chris Matthews – the cable news guy of boundless and unfocused enthusiasm, or outrage, at any given moment. The man knows politics – he was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and … Continue reading

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Our Secular Apocalypse

The notion that we live in those prophesized End Times – Jesus is coming soon, again, after the Antichrist, who is obviously Obama, and there will be that final battle at Armageddon, which actually is in Israel, followed by the … Continue reading

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Republicans Trumped

Humility is overrated. There are those who argue that Donald Trump is the most admired and respected man in America, although there are others who would argue that the only one who thinks that is Donald Trump himself. The ratings … Continue reading

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Blame the Republicans, Or At Least Some of Them

Ah, in a little more than a month Medicare kicks in, freeing up almost eight hundred dollars a month, so should some young starlet here in Hollywood jump the curb in her Bentley and inflict grave bodily harm, well, there … Continue reading

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