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I See Crazy People

December 31, 2011

    I saw crazy people throughout the GOP candidate debates.     Each time, all present had a case of the crazies except for some debate moderators, like Wolf Blitzer, who was universally lauded for his handling of time, issues and the gaggle or show-offs who mugged for attention. Fox News didn’t come close to that […]

America the Moderate Again, At Last

November 16, 2011

    In recent weeks I have cautiously observed a  morphing towards change-for-the-better that trumps my prior heightened sense of alarm at the political direction of this country. And of late I have heard this echoed by other observers of the national scene. Let me explain.     Not to say that there won’t be disappointments and […]

Current Looks Are Deceiving

September 15, 2011

“Americans will flirt with and hear out any voice or opinion but will at last tend toward moderation.        My last post told why Romney, at campaign’s end, will be the Republican nominee, and I stick with that prediction.     Just a little over a month ago, Michelle Bachmann was the flavor of the […]

Why It’ll Be Obama and Romney in 2012

August 20, 2011

    With all the pointy-headed intellectuals in Washington and their supposedly prissy ways, thank god for a cowboy to freshen up the political dialogue.     For that, of course, we need a real cowboy, and they typically have little interest in politics. The laconic speech of strong, silent types makes for poor rhetoric, as in: […]

Murdoch: Or, When They Do It to Themselves

July 13, 2011

    I love dead poets, and dead philosophers too. Thank goodness for liberal arts educations and their classical referents. They won’t make you rich like an MBA does, but they help to make important sense of the world.     Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is among the truest of insights: people and institutions that have the […]

ABOARD THE GOP BANDWAGON

June 21, 2011

    Did you see the Great Candidates’ Debate? Aw, well, it’s not like you missed anything.     Republicans in the guise of “debating” is no longer (if it ever was) an opportunity to discern issues. No, it’s a red-meat party: throw it out raw to the crowd, and hear them roar. It’s a great […]

Of Weiners and Hooters

June 14, 2011

    If not sick of this story, we all should be. Too many sexual shenanigans among the famous surely have us jaded by now. I am here to add to the fascination, but as a concluding unscientific postscript.     Certainly Anthony Weiner’s name lends itself to parody, given his particular fall from grace. But how […]

The Shallow GOP Gene Pool

June 6, 2011

    The GOP’s search for a viable presidential candidate is akin to a needle in a haystack. And we all know that such a quest can result in a very painful moment of discovery.     What we have now, save for Pawlenty and the recent entry of the Mittster, looks like a group photo taken […]

Of Floods and the End of the World

May 17, 2011

    For the umpteenth time, we’re told the Second Coming of Christ is imminent, this time on May 21 of this year. That’s the coming Saturday. So say some 1200 billboards nationwide, at a cost of $13 million. The ugly thing about this prospect is that certain people will be taken up to heaven while […]

It Was A Most Un-Civil War

April 17, 2011

    It was a hundred and fifty years ago and we still aren’t over it. Less than a century after Independence to create a nation, we were at each other’s necks in a Civil War of “father against son and brother against brother.” Keep in mind that included mothers and daughters too. The accompanying graphic […]