Category Archives: Gulf Oil Spill

Unforced Errors

Napoleon Bonaparte may have been a short little jerk from Corsica, but for a time he was the most powerful man in the world, back when Western Europe was, effectively, the world. And he rather liked it – he crowned … Continue reading

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Hastening the Apocalypse

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – and Obama gives his first address to the nation from the Oval Office. That setting is reserved for Big Deals, and this was about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – a rig blows up … Continue reading

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Our Own Ministry of Silly Walks

The problem is that getting old and useless provides perspective. Leaving teaching – which was so pleasant so many years ago – for the business world – made the idea of trying to discuss Dickens with surly fifteen-year-olds seem quite … Continue reading

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The Curious Circumstance Where No One Knows How Anything Works

Via Caroline Miller at Newser: Sarah Palin took time out from her war with new neighbor Joe McGinnis – now safely behind a mile-high fence – to launch a Facebook attack on President Obama, who she says passed the buck … Continue reading

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The Value of Lacking Passion

Just down the street there’s that giant fiberglass frog. That’s Kermit the Frog on the roof of the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea, currently the home of The Jim Henson Company, as in the Muppets, as in Kermit … Continue reading

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The Problem with Perpetual Adolescence

The principle danger in being a high school teacher is that one can easily slip back into being an adolescent oneself. Even at that upstate New York prep school, where all the children actually were above average – those who … Continue reading

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