Category Archives: Presidential Hopefuls

Claiming Authenticity

There’s an old line they use out here in Hollywood, usually a variation of something the French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright, Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944), once said – “The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve … Continue reading

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Management Matters

It’s odd to find yourself in management, assigning tasks, keeping an eye on the work of others, work you can probably no longer do, and judging them – scolding the careless, encouraging the hapless (even if that seldom makes them … Continue reading

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Simultaneous End Games

If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb – as the useless bit of folk wisdom goes. The opposite is supposed to be equally true. This seems to have something to do with weather in … Continue reading

Posted in Complexity, Couldn't Be So, Florida Primary, Hillary Clinton, HUD, Iran, Iraq, Iraq Civil War, Michigan Primary, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Power Struggles, Presidential Hopefuls, Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War, Wiretapping | 1 Comment

The Past is Past, the Present Unsettling, and the Future Frightening

It was something you should have expected – on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, which after the first six months morphed into a tense and seemingly permanent occupation, it seems everyone … Continue reading

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On Character

Things change. More information becomes available. People offer new and interesting perspectives. So you adjust, and acknowledge it all. Doing so keeps you honest – or close enough, which is probably all one can hope for these days. The column … Continue reading

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The Daily Breeze Blows

No one pays much attention to Torrance, California, a bedroom community in the flats south of Los Angeles. Why should they? It’s all oil refineries, aerospace suppliers, a big mall and lots of car dealers and sad strip malls, and … Continue reading

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The Back of the Bus

Perhaps, on Monday, March 10, Barack Obama was just too polite to say it, but we all were thinking it. After two days of Bill and Hillary Clinton saying all the Obama fans need not be disappointed – when she … Continue reading

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