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The Coming Tedium

George W. Bush did that lame-duck-presidency thing well. By the middle of his second term no one believed he could get a damned thing done. His second term opened with his big surprise – it was time to privatize Social … Continue reading

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Selling the Thing

Back in the sixties there was that anti-Nixon poster – Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man? At the time, and probably still, the least respected occupations in America were that of car salesman and, of course, politician. … Continue reading

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When Not To Say the Right Thing

One must be careful what one says. That’s only polite, and it’s also useful. When the wife asks if that dress makes her look fat, it doesn’t. It never does. Use the right words. Lie. Otherwise, there will be trouble. … Continue reading

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The End of the Line

This started long ago. In 1947, the British government withdrew from its commitment to the 1923 Mandate for Palestine – the Ottoman Empire was long gone, and now so were the Nazis, but now there was no way to arrive … Continue reading

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The End of Purposeful Ambiguity

Henry Kissinger once described diplomacy as “purposeful ambiguity” – and he was either a brilliant diplomat or a war criminal – or maybe he was both. The two are not mutually exclusive, because diplomacy relies on agreements to keep things … Continue reading

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Last Minute Adjustments

Obama is not going to admit he was born in Kenya and resign. Bill O’Reilly isn’t going to quit Fox News to open a Buddhist retreat in Nepal. Justin Bieber isn’t going to admit he’s a talentless spoiled brat and … Continue reading

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That International Man of Mystery

Some of us prefer scotch, but all these small-batch craft beers are interesting – although Imperial Crème Brûlée Stout may be taking things a bit too far. Out here you can get Stone Crime Chili Beer – yes, infused with … Continue reading

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