Category Archives: Obama Win Changes How We Think

The Obama Memo

Didn’t you get the memo? That’s the ultimate putdown in the business world – you’re a fool who has no clue about what’s really been going on, and things have changed dramatically, so you’ve been marginalized and will obviously be … Continue reading

Posted in Cartoon Politics, Common Decency, Demonizing Your Enemies, Obama and Empathy, Obama and Mutual Tolerance, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Respecting Republicans, Obama Win Changes How We Think | 1 Comment

Looking at Who We Are

Definitive assessments based on arbitrary standards, or no standards at all, set in stone on an artificial date – we love that sort of thing. It’s American Idol – and your annual performance appraisal at work or your kid’s grades … Continue reading

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Andrew J. Bacevich, CNN National Report Card, Obama and Hope for the Future, Obama and Torture, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Win Changes How We Think, One Hundred Days of Obama, Torture, War Crimes | Leave a comment

Possible Better Angels

Much has been made of the change in Washington. A friend, a highly-respected attorney, who knows more about securities law than is healthy for any sane person, just returned from a weekend there, saying the city just felt different. You … Continue reading

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Change Comes Hard

Out here it’s a revival of an inadequate 2005 musical:   “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza strings together 17 classic songs by early-1960s pop icon Neil Sedaka with a story so flimsy … Continue reading

Posted in Bush and Cheney Guilty of War Crimes, Bush Legacy Project, Bush Torture Legacy, Forgetting Bush, Ignore the Past, Looking Forward, Obama and JFK, Obama Win Changes How We Think, War Crimes | 1 Comment


Okay, like running out the cannon on an eighteenth century ship of the line as you are going into battle, let’s run out the clichés – Americans are not introspective. We don’t agonize over decisions – we just decide, and … Continue reading

Posted in Bush's Indifference to Anyone's Opinion, Bush's Personality, Introspection, Obama and Religion, Obama as FDR, Obama as Role Model, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Win Changes How We Think, The French | Leave a comment

The Cost of Being Fair

As of Friday, January 9:   Israeli jets and ground troops hammered at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and Islamic militants fired barrages of rockets at southern Israeli cities Friday, ignoring a UN resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire … Continue reading

Posted in America and Israel, Foreign Policy, Gaza War of December 2008, Israel and Palestine, Israel Invades Gaza, Israel's Survival, Lowering the Cost of Being Open-Minded, Obama and Israel, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Win Changes How We Think | 2 Comments

The World Question

Change is in the air. This is the year for change – blame Barack Obama, or all the people who voted for him.   Save for what’s left of the Republican Party – now only a relatively small bloc of … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Obama and Hope for the Future, Obama Win Changes How We Think, Predicting the Future, Republicans in the Wilderness, The World Question ( | 1 Comment