Tag Archives: Gridlock

What Happens Next

It’s simple human nature to wonder what happens next, given what’s happening now, which is why there is science fiction, speculative fiction for an anxious public – but the flying saucers from the tacky black-and-white low-budget fifties movies never showed … Continue reading

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Calling It Quits

The midterms are coming and it is becoming increasingly clear that the Republicans will retake the Senate, making Obama’s last two years in office miserable for him, and for the nation. All nominees to everything will be blocked. If one … Continue reading

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The Put-Up-or-Shut-Up Gambit

It was a small item everyone missed because the big news of the day was about the government shutdown being averted for the third time this year, by sheer dumb luck. Ah, FEMA had enough money for the week, which … Continue reading

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Dark Days These Days

Yep, the winter solstice is coming up – the darkest day of the year, said to give rise to seasonal affective disorder – feelings of existential hopelessness and that sort of thing. Everything seems so dark – and in this … Continue reading

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The War of the New Narratives

Many, many years ago, back in the seventies, it was teaching English at that prep school in upstate New York. It paid the bills (sort of) and the kids were fine (pretty much). But there was the school’s curriculum – … Continue reading

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The Man Who Was Sufficiently Despised

There is the curious case of Jim Bunning. He is the Hall of Fame pitcher turned conservative Republican senator, from Kentucky, who, on a Friday night in late February, singlehandedly blocked a temporary extension of unemployment benefits to those out … Continue reading

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