Tag Archives: Ryan Budget Plan

Early Weirdness

It wasn’t supposed to get this weird this soon – it’s only the middle of August and neither party has had its convention. After each convention, where what everyone knows what will happen does happen – this year the Republicans … Continue reading

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Trying Planned Obsolescence Again

It was so long ago that no one remembers now – the late fifties, when Ozzie and Harriet and Ed Sullivan were on television, when Elvis was young and thin, and new, when wholesome Pat Boone made a few earnest … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Here, one block up from the Sunset Strip at the foot of Laurel Canyon, tucked out of the way, summer nights are quiet. The apartment has a balcony out back – a good place to sit and smoke a pipe. … Continue reading

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When Things Change

It was the August weekend where everything changed. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally salvaged one game from the hapless visiting San Diego Padres but they did it in style – coming back from being five runs down with their own … Continue reading

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Selling Abstract Theories in a Time of Personal Terror

The Republicans want to return to power. The party out of power, at the moment, always wants to return to power. And in 2010 the Republicans won back the House, leading them to claim, repeatedly, they have a mandate – … Continue reading

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The Seductive Lure of Total Nonsense

Americans have been known to embrace nonsense, as there were all those somewhat tongue-in-cheek Superman movies over all the years. You weren’t supposed to take them seriously – like Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) from Richard Donner. They were … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

Politics is a grand game, where real people die. That’s the problem. How do you cover politics? Well, there is the first option. Over the last decade or more we have developed an industry that essentially covers the game, the … Continue reading

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