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Now the Purge

Donald Trump fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, or he forced her to resign, or they mutually agreed she should resign, or she quit because the situation was hopeless. The odd thing is that she did what she was asked … Continue reading

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Just Not Radical Enough

Donald Trump has had border problems. Mexico was never going to pay for that wall. When he had majorities in both the House and Senate, his own party told him American taxpayers weren’t going to pay for that wall either. … Continue reading

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Breaking the System

Alacrity is good. A “brisk and cheerful readiness” is good. The word derives from the Latin alacer – “lively” – as does “allegro” in music. Alacrity is a fine word. President Trump wanted more of that. The midterm elections were … Continue reading

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All-American Shaming

Americans used to know all about shame. High school kids used to have to read The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dismal tale of the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642 to 1649 – the tale of the … Continue reading

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The Grossest Absurdities

“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.” ~ David Hume No one told Donald Trump. He may have … Continue reading

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The New Age of Crassness

Garrison Keillor is an old guy now – because seventy-five really is old – and he’s out of work too. In November 2017, Minnesota Public Radio cut all business ties with him after an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a … Continue reading

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Breakfast in America

“Breakfast in America” is that studio album recorded by the British band Supertramp in 1978 at The Village Recorder just off Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles – that old Masonic temple from the twenties that in the sixties was used by the Maharishi Mahesh … Continue reading

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