Tag Archives: Populism

Other Problems Elsewhere

It is very possible that the president of the United States is a criminal. And it is very possible that his criminality made him president. Prosecutors made clear in a sentencing memo for his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that Trump … Continue reading

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Flying Down to Rio

Brazil was always cool. In 1933 it was Flying Down to Rio – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ first movie together. Rio was cool. Brazil was cool. And there’s that famous 1939 Ary Barroso song – “Aquarela do Brasil” known to everyone else as … Continue reading

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Present at the Destruction

The world is changing. Donald Trump is a symptom of that change, not the change itself. Canada did toss out the fusty and mean conservative Stephen Harper and elected the progressive and humane and whip-smart young Justin Trudeau. Canadians like … 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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America’s Slough of Despond

“This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as … Continue reading

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Building Jerusalem

There’s the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, traveled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during Jesus’ unknown years – and there’s the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing … Continue reading

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Not Getting It

Will Donald Trump really sue Ted Cruz? His lawyers sent Cruz the cease-and-desist letter – stop running those ads showing Trump saying things that Trump no longer believes – that’s lying, or defamation, or some sort of tort – and … Continue reading

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