Tag Archives: Bush Doctrine

Lost In a Blizzard of Words

Americans like to have a general idea of what’s going on. It’s comforting. It settles the nerves in troubling times. Americans elect a president to settle their nerves, to let them in on the general idea of what the country … Continue reading

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The Uses of Relative Inaction

It seems we now have roving gangs of Trump Thugs – or just two random young white kids painting a swastika, stuff about niggers and queers, and Trump’s name, on the walls of a nondenominational college chapel. They also painted … Continue reading

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Refusing to Project Foolishness

September 11, 2001, changed everything. Not really – our war in Iraq was far away, with far less than one percent of us directly involved in any of it, and it’s over. After fourteen years, well, we’re somehow still in … Continue reading

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We Could Use Some of That Here

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. That is what George Orwell was saying back in 1939, in a review of a new book by Bertrand Russell, and the times were all that different … Continue reading

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From Texas to Chicago

It’s a given. People who live in Hollywood are going to feel uncomfortable in Texas. But Plano didn’t seem like Texas – but Plano may be a special case. When you work in systems that’s where all the giant mainframes … Continue reading

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Minority Report

Out here in Hollywood even the big guns screw up now and then. In 2002 Steven Spielberg gave us the overwrought Minority Report. This wasn’t ET or Close Encounters of the Third Kind – pleasant and hopeful science fiction with … Continue reading

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Irresistible Illusion

Political junkies follow the back and forth on the cable news shows, much as sports junkies, in need of a competition-fix, might find themselves watching curling from Canada or a tractor-pull from Iowa, on one of the more obscure subsets … Continue reading

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