Tag Archives: Angela Merkel

Flying Down to Rio

Brazil was always cool. In 1933 it was Flying Down to Rio – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ first movie together. Rio was cool. Brazil was cool. And there’s that famous 1939 Ary Barroso song – “Aquarela do Brasil” known to everyone else as … Continue reading

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Only His Anger

Germans have a reputation for being methodical and efficient, and dispassionate. Their cars do what they’re supposed to do and don’t break down. Germans sweat the details. They overlook nothing. That’s why Angela Merkel is where she is. She has … Continue reading

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Fairly Unbelievable

Donald Trump really did turn the presidency into a reality show. Somehow it’s Celebrity Apprentice every day. There’s an opening – this cabinet position or that, someone to replace that epically odd national security advisor, someone to replace James Comey … Continue reading

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Real Transformers

There are days that change things. There was Tuesday, July 27, 2004 – the place was Boston – Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to all the partisans who wanted to toss out George … Continue reading

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Hard Diplomacy

Things have gone over the edge. It was Saint Patrick’s Day, with all the parades and green beer and whatnot. Everyone is Irish on this one day? No. we’re all Americans. Why won’t these people assimilate? Hispanic-Americans know better. In … Continue reading

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On An Early Morning

Carl Jung has done a lot of damage. All that talk about archetypes and the collective unconscious might have been insightful, and true, but it wasn’t particularly useful. There are true things we all know, and have always known, individually … Continue reading

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