Category Archives: Republicans Purge the Intellectuals

Dealing with Cranks

Yes, there will soon be a Republican seeking that party’s nomination who is both a Mormon and fluent in Mandarin – and can probably handle himself in Cantonese in a pinch. That would be Jon Huntsman – the former governor … Continue reading

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Defeated By Your Own Outrageous Eccentric

Rick, the News Guy in Atlanta, a key member of the team that put CNN together thirty years ago, and who then helped build CNN into what it became, calls it Inside Baseball – stories about what goes on off-camera … Continue reading

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So It Has Come to This

The initial reaction to the president’s address to Congress on healthcare reform was interesting – people seemed to agree he made his case well, and forcefully, and the initial polling seemed to indicate he changed some minds, and he seemed … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Devil

A long, long time ago, when public schools still had music programs, you might have found yourself in a student orchestra slogging through the ballet music to Gounod’s Faust – it’s catchy, and easy enough to master. And it’s silly … Continue reading

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Figuring Them Out

Gandalf said it – “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” The same thing goes for political … Continue reading

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The Other March Madness

March Madness started early. March Madness usually refers to the NCAA tournament that determines which college basketball team is the very best in the nation, or has something to do with the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland. You remember … Continue reading

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Feels Like Civil War Brewing Again

Perhaps it was inevitable. We had that Civil War almost one hundred forty years ago, and, if you’ve ever lived in the South, you know they’re not happy with how that one turned out – people still mutter that the … Continue reading

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