A Need for “Persuasion”

Ideally? Washington politicians would read and discuss Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Practically? Practically, our leaders are too busy failing to read and learn, so they might embrace the concept of persuasion.  Sadly, this is tough because persuasion attacks two prejudices of this time. Too many of us confuse strong beliefs, strongly defended, with pig-headedness and close-mindedness. Since persuasion attempts [Read More...]

Grand Old Problem

I did not vote for President Obama, twice, I did not vote for Bill Clinton, twice, and I regret none of those four choices. My family has been overwhelmingly Republican since Lincoln made our home a state. When Virginia and the Democrats rebelled, we seceded from Virginia and joined the Grand Old Party to save [Read More...]

Beware Fake College or Cash Cow Degrees

Beware: higher education is changing. Many schools that exist today will not exist tomorrow and to make matters worse scams happen. The faster change comes, the more bogus programs will develop. What are signs of a bad deal educationally? Beware the unaccredited program.  If a school is Harvard, it need not be accredited. If your [Read More...]

Monty Python: Five TV Shows That Mattered (V)

It was funny once. If you are my age and had a bad case of Anglophilia combined with warped humor, then late night PBS introduced you to the lads: the comedy team called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Televised comedy when I was a kid was not funny. I was too late for the best of [Read More...]

Hawaii Five O: Five Television Shows that Mattered (IV)

Jack Lord’s Steve McGarret was Captain Kirk as a Catholic. Hawaii Five O took traditional American morals through the late sixties and delivered them bruised, but intact to the very eve of the Reagan election. Not every show spawns a reboot, but Lord’s care with each episode and reinvestment in his property paid off in cultural [Read More...]

Sound and Fury

Most Americans would be fine during an extended government shutdown and the longer it goes the more people will realize it. Our national defense is not shut down, the mail is being delivered, and Social Security checks will arrive. Some Americans will be be inconvenienced, but opponents of Obamacare are not apt to give up [Read More...]

Mr. Putin? Any Ideas?

The wily Brownshirt in the Kremlin, Mr. Putin, saved us from an immediate debacle in Syria. He must be wondering if Mr. Obama is going to call and ask him to deal with Congress and the government shutdown. Sadly for the President, Putin is unlikely to help, because as our Interim Leader he would have [Read More...]


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