Monthly Archives: December 2015

Republicans are starting to mull a Brokered Convention

Garbage in, garbage out. I’ve spent a lot of time recently arguing that the Republican party only has itself to blame for its current predicament, which is that it has assholes and demagogues leading the polls, and that they’ve been … Continue reading

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Ted Cruz shouldn’t be flying under the Radar

While we’ve all been focusing on Donald Trump, there is a guy who has been flying under the radar screen that shouldn’t be flying under the radar screen. I’m talking about Ted Cruz, the Junior Senator from Texas, the refugee … Continue reading

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The Spotlight Film

Yesterday, I wrote about the movie “Bridge of Spies.” Another film that I saw recently is the movie Spotlight, which follows the efforts of the “Spotlight Team” at the Boston Globe to investigate allegations – allegations that are now well … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies in German

While I was in Germany I saw Bridge of Spies with my friend. It’s in English, of course, directed by Steven Spielberg and with the screenplay written by the Coen Brothers and some guy I’ve never heard of. Because it’s … Continue reading

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Oh Canada, is it too late for New England to Secede?

While we’ve all been up in arms about Donald Trump and his disgraceful proposals to single out Muslims for maltreatment, a little story appeared today that our neighbors to the north – that would be les Canadiens – are preparing … Continue reading

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Carnivores among the Omnivores and Vegetarians

Yesterday I was making the point that Donald Trump and the other Republicans really have been feeding “red meat” to their electorate. I have, in the past, used the analogy that the Republicans have drunk too much of their own … Continue reading

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The Year of the Asshole

It’s become clear that, with respect to the American Presidential Campaign, this has become the Year of the Asshole. Donald Trump is obviously exhibit #1, but he’s hardly the only one. On the Republican side, the other candidates who have … Continue reading

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Fact-free campaigning

There was an interesting pair of articles recently – one by Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post and one by Michael A. Cohen in the Boston Globe – about how the Republican Presidential campaigns are increasingly “fact free” and filled … Continue reading

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Little signs of change, and of the Apocalypse

I recently spent a week in Berlin at the invitation of an old friend. ”Come for Thanksgiving,” she said, so I did. Even tough Thanksgiving isn’t really celebrated in Germany. I haven’t been here in about four years, so it’s … Continue reading

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I’m Glad They’re Dead (Farouk and his wife, not the innocent 14)

It’s one thing when you go out and murder people that you don’t know, as happened in Paris. It’s another thing when you decide to go on a rampage to kill your colleagues, people that you’ve worked with for five … Continue reading

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