Category Archives: Conservative Framing Devices

The Party of Sour Crankiness

Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the time – but when something’s not working, and you now know it’s never going to work – for structural reasons, or practical reasons, or because the parties in question simply … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cool

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-hair stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was … Continue reading

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A Whole Lot of Duping Going On

We’re old now, but we know we were right – those of us who are still alive. Imagine coming of age in the sixties – sitting in high school chemistry class and listening to the announcement over the tinny speakers … Continue reading

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When There’s No Winning Strategy

Here it is, late May, and Team Obama and Team Romney have decided the November election will be a plebiscite on private equity firms, and whether running one of those, like Bain Capital, superbly qualifies you to be president in … Continue reading

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About That Tyranny of Clichés

G. K. Chesterton once quipped that “people generally quarrel because they cannot argue” – something you have to think about for a bit before it begins to make any sense at all. But then they didn’t call Chesterton the Prince of … Continue reading

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Marvelous Justification

What were you thinking? Oh, you just wouldn’t understand. Justifications are tricky, but if someone does something totally unexpected, or completely out of character, or inexplicably nasty, or just strange, you do ask them why they did whatever it was … Continue reading

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Suffering the Insufferable

For the last two years of the nineties the job was managing the systems shop at the locomotive factory up in London, Ontario. And that meant that late every other Friday afternoon it was catching the puddle-jumper down to Pittsburgh, … Continue reading

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