Tag Archives: Liz Cheney

Laying Down the Law

When an angry parent or frustrated teacher says they’re going to lay down the law, well, they don’t really mean it, or they mean only part of it. Yep, there will be rules, and you’ll follow them – or you’ll … Continue reading

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Carefully Saying That What You Say Is Not What You’re Saying

In spite of our pride in our having codified free speech and a free press – we started with the rule that you can say what you want and print what you want – there is an American tradition of … Continue reading

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Regarding Our Department of Jihad

There is the police procedural and legal drama series Law & Order – it’s been on the air since 1990 and made its creator, Dick Wolf, a rich man, and has kept NBC afloat, barely. And it spawned Law & … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy?

By the second full week in January things had settled down and you knew what to expect. The Christmas Day Underpants Bomber, whose bomb had only toasted his tenders, had his day in court and pleaded not guilty – except … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot the Piano Player

Okay, it is a bit arcane, but some of us now in our sixties, when we were young men, found ourselves picking up extra money playing music. And yes, that would mean, back in the late fifties and early sixties, … Continue reading

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Deciding Who Should Be In Charge

In the 2008 primaries, when all was said and done, you could say the Republicans simply settled for John McCain as their candidate, by default. Giuliani was a bust – beyond his 9/11 shtick there was nothing there, and he … Continue reading

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