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- Giuliani on Obama: Playing the
February 21, 2015 06:33PM
- With God on Our Side … and
Other Bloody Nostalgia
February 19, 2015 09:19PM
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atomic weapons going off will
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Childhood isn't pleasant for
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Jan: I think
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“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
— William Faulkner
I heard it on National Public Radio — The DR Show for Friday 27 Feb. 2015 — so it must be true, right?
As long as the old war hawks are recycling arguments from earlier eras, I'm going to recycle a counter-argument I made toward the end of January 2003, during the run-up to the Iraq War of March 2003 to 2011 (and counting). It's still relevant, un… Read full post »
I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say,
— Rudy Giuliani, Feb. 2015
Dear ex-Mayor Giuliani:
If, at your age, you think that patriotic love is an… Read full post »
"We’re taking God out of this country. They’re fighting for their God.
And all I can say is the person that has God on their side is gonna win this thing." —
Reference: Ann McFeatters column "Mike Huckabee: Right-wing huckster or serious candidate?" / Tribune News Service 12 February 2015
In the midst of an excellent column on Mike Huckabee, Ann McFeatters mention… Read full post »
My first thought at hearing the phrase "adult child" is, "If you raised an adult child, you failed as a parent."
My second thought is that the first thought was at worst cruel, at best a bit unfair.
If your child has serious developmental problems… Read full post »
One totally clear thing about Clint Eastwood's American Sniper: It's a well done film, including (as a friend of mine noted) well done in overall gritty realism right down to truly admirable use of surround-sound for the battle sequen… Read full post »
There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.
Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world,
and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves.
Those are the sheep.
Then you've got predators, who… Read full post »
My very senior, senior associate in the movie biz — senior in experience, not in age — usually gives me a movie-related gift for the Solstice holidays, my favorite in this genre being Scarface boxer shorts. This last winter, though, he gave m… Read full post »
[N]othing is so soon corrupted by power-seeking as altruism."
— Odo "The Day Before the Revolution"
"Since when was altruism an Odonian virtue?”
"I am no altruist!" — Shevek in
The Dispossessed (chs. 8, 11)
It's not a name you'd know, but he's important for the current debate on zero or low tuitions at community colleges, and for reducing tuition and fees at four-year colleges and universities.
&n… Read full post »
For the recently French-loving, First-Amendment-absolutist US Right-Wing sorts defending the divine right to blaspheme, I want to repeat a test: a classic limerick that might be familiar. It also might be objected to on grounds of obscenity as well as blasphemy, so I'll follow it with a version more… Read full post »
On "The International Hour" of The Diane Rehm Show on NPR for Friday, 9 Jan. 2015, a French-American journalist recycled the old joke that everyone is welcome to live in France, and become White and Catholic.
&n… Read full post »
Je suis Charlie
As one who has committed acts of satire as well as taught the Mode in literature and film (and as a life member of the ACLU), I stand in solidarity with CHARLIE HEBDO — but I’ll throw in these factoids for those in Christendom fond of theories… Read full post »
A 'For instance' is not a proof.
Tying together some stories in the news at the end of 2014, from police shootings in the sense of police shooting "civilians" to police being shot, to "the campus rape crisis": We need to bring back the… Read full post »
When… Read full post »
I'm a life member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and I own a legal copy of, and have taught the Parker and Stone movie TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE; and when THE INTERVIEW comes out in bootleg copy, I certainly hope to buy (at a reasonable price) a technically competent DVD.… Read full post »
"Portion control" —
A friend to his daughter, via e-mail,
sort of giving the secret of life
I originally planned to do a rather formal, moderately scholarly essay on John Stuart Mill's "Principle of Liberty" from his monograph On Liber… Read full post »
All things considered, I much prefer to be bribed than to be coerced, but, all things considered more, I really don't like either. I really don't like to act as merely a consumer, infected with "The Midas Plague"; I do not like to be manipulated.… Read full post »
I'm writing this during the new-model Advent we celebrate in the United States: the run-up to Christmas and Epiphany that begins just after Halloween. During this season of supercharged capitalist merchandizing, I wish to repeat some advice from one pouc/… Read full post »
Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia.
Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally.
There was, of course, no admission that any change
had taken place. Merely it became known, with
extreme suddenness and everywhere at once,… Read full post »
[In the USA], public four-year colleges have increased
tuition and fees by 4.2% annually for the past decade ….
"Where you stand depends on where you sit." — Rufus E. Miles, Jr.
"The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon."
In a column that came out just before the US 2014 midterm elections,… Read full post »
I entered the Ed Biz in the late 1960s in large part because the government of the United States made me an offer that was difficult to refuse: I could be a teacher somewhere in the USA or (most likely given my size) tunnel rat with… Read full post »