Category Archives: Political Polarization

Merely Anarchy

Drat – after thirty-three years and all sorts of careers, there’s still no way to shake off the effects of having once been an English teacher. Strings of words and whole poems come to mind at the oddest times. It’s … Continue reading

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On Wisconsin

If we make it through the summer – if Spain and Greece don’t collapse, taking the economies of all of Europe with them and causing a worldwide crash – if Israel doesn’t decide to nuke Iran before Iran can get … 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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No Point in Discussing It

Easter is now over, another of those holidays where the extended family – folks who haven’t seem much of each other recently – gather in late afternoon around a large ham – no, not a flamboyant odd uncle in show … Continue reading

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Masterful Storytelling, Most of It Quite Fanciful

This was the week Obama was in Ireland – but even if his great-grandfather’s grandfather was from Ireland, our president just doesn’t seem Irish. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas, and he was born in Hawaii … Continue reading

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Huck’s Gone

Academics are odd sorts. It was late winter in 1969 and a long drive through central Ohio into Columbus, to meet with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation folks – a panel that was interviewing a bunch of us college seniors. Only … Continue reading

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Mutual Respect and Deceptiveness

As a rule you should show others respect. This is a strategic matter, based on simple logic. You want them to have the decency to show you at least some respect, or want them at least to be polite and … Continue reading

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