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Can Dance A Little

It’s easy enough to miss what’s really going on. It happens all the time. In 1933 it happened in Hollywood with Fred Astaire – there was that screen test report on Astaire for RKO Radio Pictures, now lost along with … Continue reading

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That Conspiracy to Destroy Our Freedom

What’s going on in America right now isn’t just a culture war. It’s a war on the very concept of community, of a society that uses the institution we call government to offer certain basic protections to all its members. … Continue reading

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No Symbolic Victories Now

Some protests don’t work. On October 21, 1967, the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam announced that antiwar protesters would march past the Lincoln Memorial, across the Memorial Bridge all the way to the front steps of … Continue reading

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On Being Oblivious to Humiliation

Anyone can grow up to be president, even Donald Trump. He had never held political office before. His grasp of how our government (or any government) works is a few steps below rudimentary. He had no experience in foreign policy, … Continue reading

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A Duty-Dance with Death

In 1945, the Allies’ Valentine’s Day gift to the German people was the firebombing of Dresden – four massive bombing raids between 13 and 15 February that destroyed that lovely old city. Dresden had no military value. Dresden had no strategic … Continue reading

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Current Tweet Theory

Sunday mornings are problematic. Some folks go to church. Others nurse a hangover – black coffee and the New York Times crossword puzzle helps. Kris Kristofferson – the country music singer-songwriter and actor – knows this. And he’s no dummy. … Continue reading

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The Hammer Drops

President Trump has ordered up a big military parade in Washington – tanks and missiles in the streets and giant bombers in the sky, and troops marching, lots of troops, and the Pentagon is humoring him. They’re slow-walking the planning. … Continue reading

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