Tag Archives: Common Decency

The Historic Day No One Really Expected

Both Keith Olbermann and ABC’s Robin Roberts were once sports reporters for ESPN who eventually ended up in what folks like to call the real news, although baseball and football and hockey and all the rest are real enough. Olbermann … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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Unpleasant People

Some people like a challenge, but most of us simply avoid unpleasant people. Those of us who came of age in the sixties – we used to be called hippies, and then we became liberals, and now it seems we’re … Continue reading

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No Possible Embarrassment

Have you no sense of decency, sir? Yep, that’s a famous line that most folks know only from that earnest and rather insightful 2005 George Clooney movie Good Night and Good Luck: In the early 1950’s, the threat of Communism … Continue reading

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