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Ruminations and Fulminations

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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:11:06 +0000

“What would Andrew Shepherd do?” Liberals (or “hyper liberals” as I was recently called) of a certain age have something of a wet dream fantasy about the 1990s movie The American President. For those of you who haven’t seen it or have forgotten it, it’s the gauzy reimagining of the Clinton presidency without the messy bits […](image)

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The Haberdasher, the General and the ImposterbbenidtGiving Orders - WWI

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:04:35 +0000

Harry Truman, commenting about General Dwight Eisenhower succeeding him in the Oval Office, said, “He’s going to sit at this desk and say ‘Do this’ and ‘Do that’ — and nothing’s going to happen.” As a general, Ike could order people to do things and they’d do them. As president, not so much. Truman would be […](image)

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Bad Sci-Fi Movies and Real-World AISpikeLifeAI

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:20:39 +0000

Continuing my theme of doing things other than fret about Donald Trump, I have spent some time fretting about other existential threats to humanity. So, that’s healthy. Specifically, I’ve spent the last half day thinking about the threat of alien invasions and runaway artificial intelligence. One of them you can consign to the bottom of […](image)

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Thought for the WeekSpike

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:33:09 +0000

If for no other reason than my own sanity, I have to occasionally write on something other than the giant smoldering crater that is our president. In that spirit, a thought from one of  my favorite authors – even today – Robert Heinlein. The “science” of his science fiction is mostly lacking but many of […](image)

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Minnesota Has Seen This MovieSpikerotten_tomatoes_8290

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:04:41 +0000

As I watched the dramatic collapse of Trumpcare today, I was reminded that Minnesotans have seen this Happy Gilmoresque movie before: Before there was “Trump: The President” there was “Ventura: The Governor.” For those younger than me – approximately all of you – you might not remember that in 1998, sober, sane, proud-of-our-good-government-instincts Minnesota elected […](image)

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So You’re Sean Spicer …bbenidtMelissa-McCarthy-Spicer-650x330

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:38:14 +0000

It’s easy to lampoon Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s press secretary. He does it himself every day. But what would you do? Your boss tells you that you need to go out and spank the media, be tough like he is, and tell them that the crowd at your inauguration was the biggest ever. Period. It’s […](image)

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We’re Baaaaaaack!bbenidtwizard_of_oz_0244_tornado

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:48:51 +0000

We’ve spent long enough in the storm cellar. We’ve crawled up and out and by god it seems Donald Trump is actually president. And will be for some time. (Although I predict he’ll resign after the midterm elections at the latest, tired of the criticism and frustrated that not everyone tells him how wonderful he […](image)

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What Now? Can We Find Peace Amid Rising Waters, Rising Gorge?bbenidtimg_4608

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:12:13 +0000

God willing and the creek don’t rise…  I wrote earlier this week about the likely election of Hillary Clinton. The creek rose. And now so will the seas. And now what do those of us, more than half the country, who think Trump is horrendous do to find some equilibrium? Anger shock and griping isn’t a healthy […](image)

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How Could You????bbenidtimg_5174

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:23:28 +0000

The majority of colonists in America either favored staying with King George or at least didn’t support the rebellion. The Revolutionaries who wanted independence were a minority. Status quo has a powerful inertial force. I think of this as I try to understand how anyone — any one person not related to him — could […](image)

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“I Voted.” Small sticker, precious stepbbenidtimg_5163

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:56:03 +0000

Today I’m as powerful as Sheldon Adelson, Sean Hannity, Paul Ryan, John Roberts, David Axelrod or Elizabeth Warren. My vote counts as much as each of theirs. And as I cast my vote today my heart lifted. I could feel it. For too many months I’ve been worrying and griping and moaning and arguing and […](image)

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