Tag Archives: Political Violence

Sunrise, Sunset

Wednesday, January 12 – an odd day. In the morning Sarah Palin released a video about the “blood libel” against her. The notion is, like the Jews through the centuries, accused of mixing the blood of Christian babies to make … Continue reading

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What We’re Talking About

We’ve all been in long arguments when both parties suddenly discover that they’re talking about entirely different things – your angry wife suddenly realizes you’re talking about Emma Goldman, not her mother. Use too many pronouns and that can happen … Continue reading

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Calling the Professional Organization of English Majors

Garrison Keillor likes to poke gentle and oddly generous fun at all sorts of things – dour Lutherans and film noir detectives, in the Adventures of Guy Noir – as he has a fondness for useless and clueless but good … Continue reading

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The Only Animal That Explains Things

It’s an open question as to whether animals think – every dog owner seems to think his dog thinks. It sure looks like it. But dogs have evolved into being good mimics – it affords them regular meals, served just … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Immediate Tucson

Some prefer the hurly-burly of the moment while others prefer to take the long view – and that’s probably a matter of temperament. The former jump up and down and grab your elbow and tell you that this is really … Continue reading

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Dealing in Death

Damn – you think you got it right but then they go and change things on you. Back in the fifties it was Sunday school, and then later sitting with the adults and listening to your grandfather – a pleasant … Continue reading

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