Tag Archives: William Barr

The Equivalent of Sneering

Think of it as the administrative equivalent of sneering. Or think of it as male dominance thing. The lesser male members of the pack must be made to feel emasculated and become submissive to the sole alpha male. The lesser … Continue reading

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Getting the Story Straight

Some Hollywood movies are useful. There’s Gaslight from 1944 – directed by George Cukor, with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and an eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. Yes, she was young once, long ago, but her part is … Continue reading

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His Personal Grudge Squad

This has been going on for years: The lineup of musicians who have asked Trump to stop playing their songs alone is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its own. Trump ends almost every rally with the Rolling … Continue reading

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That Chill in the Air

“It was a dark and stormy night.” Sure, use bad weather as a metaphor. But the weather can be quite good when bad things happen. Still, Politico frames what is happening in Washington as kind of like a cold snap: … Continue reading

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The Scary People

Someone will run against Donald Trump and now New Hampshire is over. Bernie won. He’s not that scary, and Pete is cool, and Amy is pretty damned impressive. And it seems that Biden is toast. He just didn’t have the … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Reality Show

The best training for untangling modern American politics is to spend a decade teaching high school English at a private school, an expensive one, where the kids from good or at least wealthy families put in their time before it’s … Continue reading

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Those Simple Solutions

“Every complex problem has a solution which is simple, direct, plausible… and wrong.” And either Mark Twain or H. L. Mencken or Peter Drucker said that. Even attribution gets complicated – because simple solutions and easy answers are almost always … Continue reading

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