Tag Archives: Edward Snowden

Better Not to Know

Alexander Pope was a strange little man – a four-foot six hunchback – but he could turn a phrase. A little learning really is a dangerous thing. That was a common sentiment in the early eighteenth century. There were far … Continue reading

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Satisfying National Security

Saturday mornings in Hollywood are difficult. Los Angeles is on the far side of a thousand miles of desert, and when the angry sun edges up over the Griffith Observatory, one hill over, it kind of hurts. It’s going to … Continue reading

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The Keeper of the Pleasant Normal in America

There’s terror in the air and the local traffic is a mess too. The two are related. At 3:30 this afternoon, Air Force One touched down at LAX – President Obama was here to appear on Jay Leno’s show, which … Continue reading

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Just Not Cool

Hemingway was cool until he became a parody of himself. He defined courage as grace under pressure, and that’s the essence of cool, and more than anything Americans want to be cool. Say little and be awesome – no bragging, … Continue reading

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In Transit

We’re old now. After the amazing sixties ended – graduation in the last June of the decade, with the Beatles calling it off, with Richard Nixon in the White House, with Henry Kissinger at his side – adulthood began, such … Continue reading

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All Over But the Shouting

There’s a saying in sports when it’s clear that things have been decided, when one team is far ahead and the other team, no matter how talented, can’t do a damned thing right. Some sportscaster, pretending to be insightful, will … Continue reading

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Borrowed Outrage

Henry David Thoreau did say that most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. He really was a smug bastard, and a mean one – because that stings. None of us are … Continue reading

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