Category Archives: Republican Party

Petty Power

“It isn’t absolute power that corrupts absolutely; it’s petty power.  Someone with petty power needs to prove they have that power, and they will, at your expense .”  –Gene Hogan Gene Hogan is one of my favorite philosophers.  Irascible, cynical, smart, funny–and challenging.  Few … Continue reading

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Rush of Judgment

I don’t know what Rush Limbaugh’s upbringing was like as a child, but somewhere along the way he lost all sense of shame. He regularly equates people to Nazis, is broadly misogynistic, and makes racist characterizations all the while playing the ‘Who? … Continue reading

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A New Unit of Time

When I was Mayor, I was asked once if I considered my words every time I spoke.  My answer was, yes, every time, or very, very nearly so.  When I heard Mitt Romney take two completely different positions on the … Continue reading

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Remembering Bobby Kennedy

I have a son in middle school, a daughter in fifth grade.  Seeing the world through their eyes returns me to that age, at least in my mind.  It was 1968, a time for me when everything–good and bad–seemed possible. … Continue reading

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What are They Thinking??

We live in a time when scientists, using supercomputers to aid analysis, and evergrowing bodies of evidence, have determined pretty definitively that global climate change is a real phenomenon, and that the anthropogenic–i.e., human-made–component is meaningful.  Furthermore, we know that … Continue reading

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