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The Day of Simulated Reckoning

There have been strange days in American politics – Lyndon Johnson suddenly saying he’d had enough and wouldn’t run again, Nixon firing Archibald Cox in that famous Saturday  Night Massacre, Nixon resigning the presidency a few month later, Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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The Impossible Reconciliation

Pittsburgh in the fifties was no place to be. Even the parents knew that. There was a wider world, so leaving for college in the mid-sixties, and never really going back, was easy enough, but in 1959 or so that … Continue reading

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That Slow Boat to China

In 1870 or so, it was best not to hang around the Boston House at the corner of Davis and Chambers streets near the waterfront in San Francisco. The place was run by James “Shanghai” Kelly and often the whiskey … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Inevitable

Well, that was unexpected, and inevitable, and the Washington Post summed it up nicely: Donald Trump, the celebrity mogul whose brash and unorthodox presidential bid was counted out time and again, became the de facto Republican nominee Tuesday night after … Continue reading

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Garbage Time

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over…” Everyone knows the opening of that maudlin song by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It was introduced in the 1956 musical “Bells Are Ringing” – but just about … Continue reading

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Reductio

Reductio ad absurdum is a form of argument where you demonstrate that a statement is true by showing that a false, untenable, or absurd result follows from its denial, as with global warming, or you demonstrate that a statement is … Continue reading

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