Category Archives: Tea Party versus Republicans

American Splinters

We’re different, or exceptional as we like to tell everyone else in the world, even if they roll their eyes or seethe in resentment – and one part of our American Exceptionalism, other than being exempt from all the rules … Continue reading

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Seismic Shifts

Thirty-two years ago there was a lot of explaining to do. Chucking it all to move to LA to start over, to start fresh, was the problem – not the starting fresh part, the LA part. Weren’t people crazy out … Continue reading

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Trying Times

October 4, 2013, is probably not December 23, 1776: These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by … Continue reading

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Lights Out

“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” That’s what Sir Edward Grey may or may not have said on the eve of the First World War. No one’s sure, but he was … Continue reading

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Managing the Unmanageable

The transition from teaching bored and distracted late adolescents to managing proudly eccentric and inappropriately inventive programmers and systems analysts, with no social skills whatsoever, was fairly easy, even if it took a few years. It was pretty much the … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Train Wreck

It’s a Hollywood trick – call it waiting for the train wreck. You can make your audience sit through most anything – preposterous plot devices that lead nowhere – or absurd dialog – words no actual person would ever say … Continue reading

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The Limits of Indiscriminate Swagger

It may be that the flamboyantly gay Elton John sang at Rush Limbaugh’s fourth and most recent wedding – no, really – but that doesn’t mean that the culture wars are over. As for Elton John, what he did was … Continue reading

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