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Just a quickie here. I had to share DougJ’s wonderfully pithy comparison/contrast at Balloon Juice between last week’s news (the Henry Louis Gates incident) and this week’s news (the angry teabaggers): When someone talks back to a cop in his own house, that’s disorderly conduct. When people make death threats and start fights in public, that’s exercising Continue reading →

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As a prominent public figure, Robert McNamara was before my time. He had stepped down as Secretary of Defense well before I was even born. But the man who died Monday had a more profound influence on our country’s politics and policy than any number of more recent, more familiar, and more famous names. McNamara Continue reading →

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And the mantra became, “June 12 is the new February 17.” After all the preliminary publicity, it was somewhat annoying to have the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasting delayed four extra months. But I can see the logic of doing it after the main television viewing season was over… and as it happens, Continue reading →

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My 20th college reunion was last weekend. I was a bit taken aback by this because, first of all, it’s simply impossible:  I certainly haven’t been out of college for two decades. My infallibly accurate internal calendar tells me it’s more like six years, seven max. But twenty? That’s absolutely ridiculous. Nonetheless, they insisted on Continue reading →

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Where did we leave off?  I was writing about the difficulty of finding something meaningful to say in the wake of all the full-time, professional political bloggers out there. Too often I feel like I’m just offering a synthesis of what others have said, rather than any new insight. Perhaps I’m holding myself to an Continue reading →

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My recent posts on Star Trek brought me more readers than anything else I’ve written in months, but unfortunately I don’t have anything new to say about that right now. My posts about politics, by contrast, usually draw markedly less traffic than the ones about pop culture. Nevertheless, I enjoy the topic, and certainly don’t Continue reading →

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Just a quickie here. I’ve discovered today that in some browsers, this blog’s main page isn’t displaying the sidebar correctly. The search box, categories, tags, blogrool, etc. should be immediately to the right of the main content area… but in Safari and Opera, they’re instead rolling down to the very bottom of the page, underneath Continue reading →

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Personal anecdote time here. Unemployment is much in the news these days. And as I’ve mentioned once or twice, I’ve been on the job market for a while now, looking for full-time work in the nonprofit sector. I try not to dwell on it. I did a little tallying-up today, though, and determined that since last Continue reading →

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…just in case any regular visitors are curious enough to care, should not be taken to signify abandonment of this blog, deliberate or otherwise. In fact, at the moment I have the beginnings of nine different posts in my Drafts folder, on various topics ranging from politics to comics to books to TV shows. I Continue reading →

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I just learned via Facebook that Len Wein and his family suffered a major fire yesterday morning at their home in Los Angeles. Len, as everyone should know, is a terrific writer who has scribed almost every significant comics character out there over the last forty years. He’s the person who created Wolverine and Swamp Continue reading →

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