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Marching Into Darkness

If the Democrats in the House, where they have a clear majority, cannot do anything at all about anything a Republican president does, no matter how dangerous, or simply absurd, because the Senate is controlled by the Republicans who will … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Trump

Not much has changed since 1843, when Charles Dickens gave the world that tale of a miserable miserly vindictive but rich old man alone in the night just before Christmas – who only changes his ways after the ghost of … Continue reading

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In the Twilight

Wagner called it Götterdämmerung – the twilight of the gods. It’s over for them. All that will be left for them is flat meaninglessness and death. Everything comes to an end. Wagner isn’t exactly cheery, but even gods became insignificant … Continue reading

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One Very Bad Day

What happened? In one day everything fell apart, because four things happened. After the president ignored the advice of everyone in the government and in the military, he announced the United States was pulling its troops out of Syria – … Continue reading

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That Clueless Boss

It’s good to be retired. Each morning, the Los Angeles Times arrives with a thump outside the apartment door. It’s a retro thing. No one gets their news from newspapers any longer. The news in newspaper is yesterday’s news. The … Continue reading

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Gloom and Misery Everywhere

Some years are just awful. There was 1933 – the economy had collapsed and the Great Depression had shut down just about everything. There was the Reichstag fire and the Reichstag Fire Decree – Hitler was on the move. German civil liberties … Continue reading

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Not Quite Professional Grade

Americans know their helplessness. When the car breaks down, take it back to the dealer. There are no backyard mechanics anymore. There’s nothing under the hood that anyone can ticker with. It’s all solid state stuff sealed in little black … Continue reading

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