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Trash in the Air

In the late seventies, at that prep school in upstate New York, part of the job was to teach an elective in creative writing – which can’t be taught. There’s no set of rules on how to be creative. Creativity … Continue reading

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Having No President At All

Small-government conservatives argue for as little government as possible, and some small-government conservatives argue for even less government than that. Grover Norquist – that fellow who wants lower and lower taxes, until there are none and the government runs out … Continue reading

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About the Basics of Governing

Things didn’t work out. Republicans finally had control of the House and the Senate and the White House, but they couldn’t repeal Obamacare even when they set up that vote under the “reconciliation” rule in the Senate that meant they’d … Continue reading

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Stars Falling On Alabama Last Night

Breaking news shouldn’t break late in the evening. There will be more to say in the morning, but something was up. Some wag at the jazz station out of Long Beach was playing Stars Fell on Alabama – a sappy … Continue reading

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That Southern Man

The sixties ended. College ended. The Beatles disbanded. Nixon was president. Perhaps there had been a “cultural revolution” but the counterculture hadn’t won – they’d only planted seeds. They’d win later. Perhaps they finally won this week – but back … Continue reading

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Red-Hot Trump

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-haired-stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was cool, … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

“Here Come Da Judge!” It was 1968 and the show was Laugh-In and Flip Wilson said the words – and the judge was Flip Wilson, a hip black dude. The unfortunate white defendant didn’t understand hipness or blackness and paid … Continue reading

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