Tag Archives: Freedom of Religion

Vague Freedom and Ambiguous Rights

Another Fourth of July has come and gone – with everyone celebrating freedom, in a country you can do pretty much anything you want to do. Maybe Erma Bombeck put it best – “You have to love a nation that … Continue reading

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Riding the Wedge

Okay, first a clarification. This isn’t about riding the Wedge at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula down in Newport Beach. Bodysurfing is something you do, or, if you’re an old fart, you watch – unless you’re stuck in Kansas … Continue reading

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Happy Days Again

Out here in Hollywood the fifties never died. For ten years that television comedy Happy Days brought the fifties back – until it jumped the shark of course. And still, every Friday night, it’s the classic chopped-and-channeled custom cars at … Continue reading

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To Be Blunt About It

Set it and forget it. You hear that said all the time in those infomercials for this kitchen gizmo or that – those infomercials everyone blows by on their way to something even vaguely worth watching on television. And no … Continue reading

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The Battle to Return to the Thirteenth Century Begins

Yes, there’s William F. Buckley’s famous definition of a conservative, as that one man standing athwart history and shouting NO! And of course Buckley considered that noble and right, if not heroic. But things change all the time, for better … Continue reading

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A Resolution of Sorts

All conflicts get resolved eventually. The Japanese and the Germans are now our allies, and Vietnam is now an afterthought – one of our minor trading partners, and not much worth thinking about otherwise. But of course there are the … Continue reading

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The Zombie Issue

Anyone with a thorough understanding of the zeitgeist, and the trends in pop-culture, realizes we are moving from the age of moody sexy vampires to the age of flesh-eating mindless zombies. Here in Hollywood there are the giant billboards everywhere … Continue reading

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