Tag Archives: Rudy Giuliani

System Overload

Something is up. Things couldn’t be this strange – but Donald Trump is president and, with no experience in government or public policy or diplomacy or military matters, and no sense of what has come before and what allies expect … Continue reading

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America’s Mayor 2.0

Rudy Giuliani was “America’s Mayor” after 9/11 – he rode that national tragedy to fame and fortune – before everyone noticed that he’d screwed up a lot in his city’s response to it all. But that came later. He was … Continue reading

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Petty Little Lies

Everyone lies, now and then, usually to keep the peace. No, that dress doesn’t make you look fat, not at all. Everyone cheats a little too. Who comes to a full stop at each and every stop sign? No one … Continue reading

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The Careless Ones

F. Scott Fitzgerald spent the last years of his life in Hollywood, in a little apartment just down the street here on North Laurel Avenue, editing others’ screenplays and typing away at “The Last Tycoon” – the novel he never … Continue reading

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Truth Takes a Holiday

Avoid old men. They’re stuck. They tell stories, only a few, and always the same ones. Perhaps they don’t remember they’ve told this or that story before, perhaps an hour before. Perhaps, given the present, they prefer the past, when … Continue reading

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A Taste of the Absurd

Camus and Sartre started it all with that existentialism business. Think things through. Look at history. Be logical. Human existence has no provable inherent meaning or purpose. Existence is essence. There’s nothing else. Deal with it. Be a stoic hero. Give your … Continue reading

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Think Twice and Say Nothing

“A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.” ~ Edward Heath “In an ideological age, diplomacy may seem weak and prosaic. But sometimes it is all we have.” ~ Noah Feldman Donald Trump hates the weak … Continue reading

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