Tag Archives: Sharron Angle

What We’d Rather Not Consider

Mid-October and just two weeks until the midterm elections, and it’s getting a tad crazy out there – in Nevada it’s Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me” and Angle: Illegal Aliens In My … Continue reading

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No Need to Explain Yourself

Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms – not the clever quips from Oscar Wilde, who was Irish anyway – tend to like William Shenstone. He was that odd fellow who once said that the world may be divided into … Continue reading

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Taking Religion Seriously

It may be different next year – there is always a new issue – but on the September 11 anniversary this year the issue was the proposed Islamic community center, with its basketball courts and culinary school and interfaith prayer … Continue reading

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America’s Mysterious Middle Kingdom

One of the things that puzzles everyone is why we seem to have lost the middle – that’s what most political commentary comes down to. The crew at Fox News laments the fact that everyone does not agree with them … Continue reading

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Life in Smugtown, USA

Rochester, New York – it was the last stop before arriving here in Los Angeles in 1981 or so. The change was an expected cultural shift – no more snow and no more snow tires of course, and in that … Continue reading

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Our Ways of Telling Ourselves Who We Are

How Americans like to think of themselves changes over time – we’re bold and daring, and the kind of folks who say what they mean and to hell with anyone who’s offended by our loud bluntness, but we’re also live-and-let … Continue reading

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Calling the Game

Americans love to scream at the umpire – or in basketball scream at the ref – when they blow a call. That guy was out at first and that was a perfect game. Everyone saw that last runner was out. … Continue reading

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