Monthly Archives: January 2017

Faster than the Speed of History

Just a reminder. At the beginning of 1989 it seemed like the division between the Western and Soviet spheres was stable and going to last forever, or least for decades. But by the end of the year the world had … Continue reading

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She Writes Hard for the Money

Despite not living there, I thought I was fairly up to date on US culture (in broad, general terms). But then I tried to read this and could not make heads or tails of most of it. I was shaken … Continue reading

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Hope on the Big, Charismatic, Bright Red Fish Front

In a different space-time continuum I might have become a marine biologist. Swimming around in the sea looking for new weird fish sounds like one of the best jobs ever. It probably wouldn’t have been that easy, in fact I’m … Continue reading

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Changing the Conversation = Winning

This is very wrong. Even if judges strike down all of Trump’s immigration orders then he’s still won because he’s changed the conversation. The idea that the US must take in large numbers of immigrants and/or refugees is now dead. … Continue reading

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Calling President Pence

What’s interesting here is that many who hate Trump would probably prefer Pence though in a lot of ways he’s far worse. What the most strident Trumpophobes sense is that while Pence is terrible, he’s terrible in a familiar way. … Continue reading

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Intersectional Non-Agenda

Reading this clarified what I thought was…. ill-conceived about the Pussyhat March. Unlike last weekend’s Women’s March, which promoted a broad, intersectional agenda, the March for Life was intentionally one-note. There is no such thing as a “braod, intersectiona agenda” … Continue reading

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Brief Candles

Almost three weeks ago I went to an anniversary party of a rather close colleague (not Polish but from a nearby country) and her Polish husband. They had film of the marriage ceremonies (civil and church) from decades before. They … Continue reading

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