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Red-Hot Trump

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-haired-stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was cool, … Continue reading

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The Nice Nazis

Perhaps, when Donald Trump said that there were probably many fine people marching with the white supremacist neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, he was thinking of the “nice Nazis” in Hogan’s Heroes – that odd prisoner of war sitcom that ran from … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

“Here Come Da Judge!” It was 1968 and the show was Laugh-In and Flip Wilson said the words – and the judge was Flip Wilson, a hip black dude. The unfortunate white defendant didn’t understand hipness or blackness and paid … Continue reading

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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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