Tag Archives: Duncan Hunter

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The oldest of the baby boomers remember The Day the Earth Stood Still – Robert Wise’s 1951 black-and-white science fiction Cold War parable. A humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu shows up on Earth, accompanied by his eight-foot tall robot, Gort, … Continue reading

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Losing Pittsburgh

Gertrude Stein was born in Pittsburgh. She left. David O. Selznick, the guy who hired Clark Gable to play Rhett Butler, was born in Pittsburgh. He left, early on. Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant were born in Pittsburgh. They left for … Continue reading

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Those Missing Strawberries

The second highest-grossing movie in America in 1954 was The Caine Mutiny – Humphrey Bogart as the unstable and periodically paranoid Captain Phillip Francis Queeg, brought in by the Navy to restore discipline on the Caine, a minesweeper in our … Continue reading

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Consolidating Fear for Fun and Profit

All of political science is pretty simple. Conservatives want to keep things as they are, or as they were, or as they think they were, because even if things weren’t perfect, they were working well enough. Slavery and then Jim … Continue reading

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