Tag Archives: Scott Walker

The Means to the Opposite Ends

Donald Trump had a bad week. Everything bad that could possibly happen to him was happening all at once – all of it quite dramatic. Newsrooms were overwhelmed. Was this the end of his presidency? What were the parallels? Which … Continue reading

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Walking Away

An earworm was born on November 15, 1978 – another pop song that just wouldn’t go away. Americans hummed it involuntarily. They’d hear the words in their heads when they were walking the dog or driving to work. It was … Continue reading

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Out in the Midday Sun

Gilbert and Sullivan may have invented and perfected the patter-song with that Model Major-General ditty but Noel Coward was no slouch with his Mad Dogs and Englishmen number. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun – as … Continue reading

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What They Should Have Said

That was quite a weekend – three ambitious men, who each tell us that they are the only one among all those other fools running who should be our next president, said what they really shouldn’t have said. One apologized, … Continue reading

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At a Minimum

In the late eighteenth century representative democracy seemed like a fine idea. We had our revolution. The French had theirs. Others would follow. There would be no more kings. It was the Age of Reason – the people could reason … Continue reading

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Breaking Free of Nonsense

Maybe you had to be there. Only the few surviving aging baby boomers remember. CBS, from February 5, 1967, to September 15, 1969, broadcast The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – the show with the two irreverent young folk singers who … Continue reading

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Punishing the Poor for Their Sin

Obamacare is not going to magically disappear – even if the Supreme Court rules that three or four errant words in a minor subsection of the law override the clear intent of the hundreds of thousands of other words in … Continue reading

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