is white man messing around with red man’s poo-poo?

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I WOKE UP and plopped my­self down in my chair and opened my email. Bleary-eyed, I skimmed over the var­ious sub­ject ti­tles and saw one that made me rub those bleary eyes: “Sign the pe­ti­tion: Apache holy shit threat­ened …” and the rest was cut off. My first thought was, “Holy crap! White man messing with red man’s poo-poo. READ MORE

you don’t appreciate a lot of stuff until you get older

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I MAY BE GETTING UP THERE IN YEARS, but sex re­mains a topic of in­terest, both in its arousing forms an in its hu­morous forms. I was re­cently emailed a col­lec­tion of quotes about sex and mar­riage and found many of them rather fun. Some were even too ac­cu­rate, making them all fun­nier. Ap­par­ently, they have been making the rounds of the in­ternet for years. READ MORE

is there money to be made selling books on the internet?

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THE POPULATION OF THE U.S. is ap­prox­i­mately 330,000,000. Of course, Amazon reaches around the planet, so the po­ten­tial market for just about any­thing you might want to sell is in the bil­lions! If you’re into books and think you might want to dabble a little in buying and selling them to pick up a few bucks, my ad­vice con­sists of two words: “Think again.” READ MORE

we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

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WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the na­tion.”

An­drew J. Bace­vich is a co-founder of the Quincy In­sti­tute for Re­spon­sible State­craft, a think-tank in Wash­ington, DC (aren’t they all there?) READ MORE

first they came for the black-spotted newts

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First, they came for the black-spotted newts but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a black-spotted newt.

Then they came for the spotted owls but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a spotted owl.

Then they came for the but­ter­flies but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a but­terfly.

Then they came for me …


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Car­toon by Pat Bagley for the Salt Lake Tri­bune (Sep­tember 22, 2019). READ MORE

what should we be doing with the norman lear library?

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NORMAN LEAR IS BACK ON TOP! It started on May 22, 2019, when ABC tele­vi­sion broad­cast “Live In Front Of A Studio Au­di­ence: Norman Lear’s All In The Family And The Jef­fer­sons.” The show con­sisted of live “recre­ations” of two episodes from the orig­inal “All In The Family” and “The Jef­fer­sons” from the 1970s. READ MORE

somebody’s gotta take care of them

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MY FORMER BEST BUDDY has taken up a political-social-personal po­si­tion about three feet to the right of Pres­i­dent Trump. Whereas we used to talk al­most daily about music and movies and girls and what the hell re­ally hap­pened on 9/11, our re­la­tion­ship is now ba­si­cally him sending me an oc­ca­sional email that in­sults me in par­tic­ular or lib­erals in gen­eral. READ MORE

a few words on finally seeing “independence day: resurgence”

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LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE, we en­joyed the 1996 movie In­de­pen­dence Day. When it was re­leased, we heard nothing but good things so we splurged and sprang for a pair of tickets—a big deal for two old farts who re­member seeing Sat­urday mati­nees for a quarter—and saw it on the big screen. As sci­ence fiction-based dis­aster movies go, it was fun (if thin of plot) with good acting (if of un­der­de­vel­oped char­ac­ters) and rather im­pres­sive vi­suals. READ MORE