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chris-bohjalian's picture
Nov.04.2012
This Tuesday it all comes to an end: The Presidential election cycle that kicked off with great fanfare about the same time that Ronald Reagan was playing George Armstrong Custer in the movie, “Santa Fe Trail.” Obviously I’m kidding. It only seems like President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Oct.28.2012
Lately, I’ve been on the road a lot for speaking engagements, the proximate cause of a temporary lapse in my blogging. But I could have squeezed it in somehow: I’ve often spent airport hours blogging or eased my re-entry home with a new essay. Truth be told, this political moment has left me...
bob-mustin's picture
Oct.11.2012
Note: Normally I post only on politically neutral things, principally writing and reading. But this month's magazine reads seem to compel me to purgative rants. After tomorrow's post, I'll be better.   Harper’s Magazine, October 2012   When both Presidential candidates agree that there’s...
michael-seidel's picture
Sep.30.2012
The fall flowers are in full bloom. Most are red, white and blue. Stripes dominate. More creative types feature waves. Some stand on spindly metal legs, others have a stout center stake.  "Re-elect John Stromberg" "Jeff Scroggins for County Commissioner" "Vote for Regina Ayars for City Council...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.19.2012
“No matter how cynical you get, you can’t keep up.” (Lily Tomlin) I have a friend who talks about “the default world.” He means the one in which we adjust to absurdity, tolerating behavior that we ought to rebuke, simply because in that diminished reality it has become normalized. In the...
sue-glasco's picture
Sep.02.2012
Thursday night as I traveled back to the farm from Katherine’s, the moon was near full and both bright and beautiful.  I was somewhat surprised because it seemed as if we had only shortly before had a full moon, but time is passing so fast these days that I assumed it was a full thirty days...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.27.2012
The Atlantic, September 2012   This is as close to a themed issue as I’ve seen from The Atlantic, and as you might expect, the focus is on this year’s Presidential election. For someone who follows politics, there’s little new here, despite James Fallows’ gaming of the Romney/Obama...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jun.27.2012
I’ve written often about my conviction that getting big money out of politics is the necessary precursor to anything like a meaningful democracy in the United States. Most recently, it was in “The Impasse”: I continue to believe that purging the electoral system of private money is the...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jun.07.2012
If the question had been put outright, my friend and I agreed, a supermajority would have voted on our side:Do you want to live in a nation where a few ultra-rich individuals own as much as everyone else put together, have carte blanche to use their wealth to shape public policy, yet feel...
tim-wise's picture
Jan.12.2012
This commentary is rated MA for mature audiences. It contains some foul language, although honestly, only so much as is needed to get the damned point across. Parental discretion is advised… Attention to all self-proclaimed liberals and progressives. I would like to properly introduce you to a...