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The Pariah President

English borrows a lot of words from other languages. Ketchup may have come from the Cantonese “keh jup” – tomato sauce or tomato juice – or it may have come from the Malay word “kicap” – fish sauce – but … Continue reading

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The Job at Hand

Everyone should read Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine for a sense of what summer used to be like in 1928 in small-town America – “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted … Continue reading

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Time to Put Up or Shut Up

FDR ruined things for the presidents who would follow him. It was those first hundred days – starting on March 4, 1933 – but not really. Roosevelt closed the entire American banking system on March 6, 1933 – two days … Continue reading

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Vague Promises Not Kept

Politicians make promises. No one believes them. Presidential candidates say they’ll do this and that, but once in office, Congress may not let them do what they said they’d do. The policy in question may seem too expensive to them, … Continue reading

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Slightly Modified Promises

“Of course I’ll respect you in the morning.” Don’t make promises you can’t keep. There’s a reason the divorce rate is so high in America, and spectacularly higher in the Bible Belt – where extravagant promises of faithfulness, and faith, … Continue reading

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The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

Jacques Derrida’s 1967 work Of Grammatology introduced the idea of deconstructionism – and no one knew what the hell he was talking about. Words have meaning only because of contrast-effects with other words. No word can acquire meaning in the way in which … Continue reading

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The Damaged Personality

Eccentric and unhinged and sometimes evil billionaires are the stuff of cartoons. Scrooge McDuck was the slightly nasty foil to Donald Duck – but harmless. Montgomery Burns in The Simpsons is pure evil – and a joke too. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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