Tag Archives: Trump and Russia

From the Comic to the Serious

That’s the problem with the New York Times and the Washington Post – no comics. The few people who still subscribe to newspapers, although they won’t admit it, go to the comic strip pages of the morning paper, first thing. … Continue reading

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This Mission to Moscow

The past is strange. In 1942 Benny Goodman had a big hit with Mission to Moscow – it does swing – and the next year Warner Brothers released their Mission to Moscow directed by Michael Curtiz – in response to … Continue reading

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Not the End of the World

“Ten years from now we’ll look back at all this and laugh.” Someone always says that when things seem dire, and it might be true. It might even be helpful. No one remembers what the dire crisis was ten years … Continue reading

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Not That Easy At All

Never make things look easy. That leads to trouble. The presidency of Bill Clinton proved that. There had been eight years of economic growth. There had been eight years of peace, except for that Kosovo business. There was a surplus, … Continue reading

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Upon Reconsideration

It was a Tuesday for looking back – fifty years to the day when 2001: A Space Odyssey first opened across America. The local classical station here played “Also sprach Zarathustra” – the version performed in the movie by the Berlin … Continue reading

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Descartes Muttering In His Grave

December 13, 2000, was a long time ago. That evening, Al Gore conceded the election to George Bush, and it was an odd time to be in Paris. It was already the next day in Paris. Gore’s concession had been … Continue reading

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Breakfast in America

“Breakfast in America” is that studio album recorded by the British band Supertramp in 1978 at The Village Recorder just off Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles – that old Masonic temple from the twenties that in the sixties was used by the Maharishi Mahesh … Continue reading

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