Category Archives: Values Voters

Our Apparent Need for Synthetic Reality

Most people simply outgrow science fiction. It’s a genre for adolescent boys – all clever what-if set-up and gee-whiz action about what would happen if all this imaginary stuff weren’t imaginary. You get a lot of time-travel and alternative universes. … Continue reading

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Obama and his Day of Pigs

In April, 1961, President Kennedy had that Bay of Pigs disaster – a half-assed amateurish invasion of Cuba which failed spectacularly. You might remember it – if you’re an old geezer. CIA director Allen Dulles, deputy CIA director Charles Cabell, … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It was 1726 and a good year to be hanging around London. In April, Isaac Newton told William Stukeley the story of how he developed his theory of gravity – something to do with apples, you see – and as … Continue reading

Posted in Gulliver's Travels, Heartland Voters, Jonathan Swift, McCain's Palin Gamble, McCain's Recklessness, Obama: Uppity, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Qualifications to be President, Randy Newman, Religion and Politics, Sarah Palin, Satire, So Sambo beat the bitch!, The New Republican Party, Theocratic Politics, Values Voters | Leave a comment

Not to Worry

Friday, September 5, thing were supposed to settle down. The political conventions were finally over, capped by John McCain’s workmanlike speech – long on character (he has it, he says), and short on the issues. In fact the issues didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Church and State, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Heartland Voters, McCain, McCain's Authenticity, McCain's Palin Gamble, McCain's Service, Nixonland, Obama as Messiah, Offshore Drilling, Palin Scandals, Palin Unqualified, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Pandering, Qualifications to be President, Religion and Politics, Sarah Palin, Style versus Substance, The Conservative-Liberal Divide, The Economy, The New Republican Party, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | 6 Comments

A Quiet Friday in August

Friday, August 8, should have been a quiet news day. Click on the cable news channels – this regular host or that is on vacation, and that makes sense. The party conventions are two weeks off and congress is in … Continue reading

Posted in Cindy McCain, Economic Issues, Edwards, Edwards Admits to Affair, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, McCain, McCain and the Press, Obama, Objective Journalism, Offshore Drilling, Oil Crisis, Reporting versus Opinion, Russia and Georgia War, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, Summer Olympics in Beijing, The McCain Brand, The Oil Crisis, The Olympics, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment

Understanding American Enthusiasms

It was the radical sixties – college days – and some of us were stuck in the middle of Ohio. There was no trekking off to San Francisco with flowers in our hair – whoever had a car could get … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Certainty, Conservative Thought, Cultural Notes, Evangelicals, McCain, Moral and Ethical Matters, Obama, Ohio, Religion and Politics, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, South Carolina, Values Voters | 2 Comments

Bright Shiny Objects

As performed by National Lampoon on “National Lampoon Radio Dinner” (1972, Blue Thumb Records), from Deteriorata – “Remember my son, a walk through the ocean of most people’s souls would not even wet your ankles.”   If you want to … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Clinton, Class Warfare, Elitism, Hillary Clinton, Manliness, Maureen Dowd, McCain, Obama, Populist Politics, Press Notes, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment