Category Archives: Paul Ryan Budget

Bananas

Conservatives just don’t get Woody Allen – he’s too New York and too Jewish. No, that’s not right. Woody Allen is the wrong kind of Jewish – a neurotic whiner, not like that Netanyahu fellow, who is all kill-them-all and … Continue reading

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Their Closing Arguments

Here in the land of make-believe things aren’t what they seem. Hollywood Boulevard isn’t glamorous – it’s kind of seedy. The tourists look bewildered. The old bank building on the corner at Highland – a sort of Gothic meets Deco … Continue reading

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Playing What-If

No third party in America has ever amounted to much of anything. Sure they exist – a Libertarian Party and a Green Party and a Socialist Party and so on – but no one pays a bit of attention to … Continue reading

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Opening a New Front

There’s something all teachers know – it comes with the territory. If the kid does well that’s the kid’s accomplishment alone – he are she really rose to the occasion, and may actually have hidden talents that are only now … Continue reading

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Early Weirdness

It wasn’t supposed to get this weird this soon – it’s only the middle of August and neither party has had its convention. After each convention, where what everyone knows what will happen does happen – this year the Republicans … Continue reading

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Trying Planned Obsolescence Again

It was so long ago that no one remembers now – the late fifties, when Ozzie and Harriet and Ed Sullivan were on television, when Elvis was young and thin, and new, when wholesome Pat Boone made a few earnest … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Here, one block up from the Sunset Strip at the foot of Laurel Canyon, tucked out of the way, summer nights are quiet. The apartment has a balcony out back – a good place to sit and smoke a pipe. … Continue reading

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