Tag Archives: Raising the Debt Ceiling

It Gets Worse

That anti-bullying thing, the It Gets Better project, was petty nifty. Almost everyone did a public service spot, save for Michele Bachmann and the crew at Fox News. Traditional values regarding the inherent evil of even acknowledging vaguely homosexual tendencies … Continue reading

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The Necessary Unnecessary Foolishness

The middle of July and a full moon on a Friday night – and the nation rushes headlong toward an amazing self-induced catastrophe. It does not look like there will be a deal to raise the debt-limit, so we will … Continue reading

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Not Greece

Bastille Day in Los Angeles – and no one notices. This is not really much of a French place, save for the immediate neighborhood, and this building just above Sunset Boulevard, home to a good number of those elegant folks. … Continue reading

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Deciding Who Is Lying To Themselves

People lie because lying works. There was that seminal 1979 book on lying – Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – by the formidable Sissela Bok – the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners and married to the … Continue reading

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Playground Politics

Yeah, parents try to teach their kids to be somewhat gracious, or if not that, at least to keep their natural petulance to themselves. The idea is that, if you lose at something, you should appear to be a good … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Conservative

There are conservative icons more substantial than Barry Goldwater, who had no problem with gay folks, and Ronald Reagan, who, as president, raised taxes eleven times, and told congress, with some passion, that they’d be insane not to raise the … Continue reading

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Imagining and Avoiding Actual Armageddon

The problem is that in spite of Hollywood’s best efforts it really is impossible to imagine Armageddon. But that may be putting it backwards. It may be that because of Hollywood’s fine job at imagining Armageddon we assume that end-of-the-world … Continue reading

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