Tag Archives: Obama Press Conference

American Mockingbirds

Derision isn’t persuasion, and mocking someone’s absurd views will not shame them into changing those views. They’ll just get angry that you made them look bad and then find any way they can to show you that they’re right. They’ll … Continue reading

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Falling Asleep Again

Friday the Thirteenth was the horror movie in Paris – the massive terror attacks that shook the world, because that wasn’t a horror movie at all. That was quite real, and ISIS is a whole lot scarier than Freddy Krueger anyway. … Continue reading

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Good Year Bad Year

Facebook hasn’t quite killed the Christmas letter yet, although the Christmas card industry is dying. Fewer Christmas cards arrive each year. A single post in Facebook, with a cute graphic, covers most everyone, even those random imaginary friends – those … Continue reading

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Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … Continue reading

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The Work in the Background

One of the advantages of being old – and not dead quite yet – is that you can talk about the good old days, when they were really good, if anyone will listen. Talk of the sixties can be tiresome, … Continue reading

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When the Music Stops

Retirement’s fine, particularly if, when the music stops, you find yourself in Hollywood. That was pure chance, but there’s much to be said for palm trees and sunshine and silliness, and it’s a short drive down to Venice Beach and … Continue reading

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