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Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:41 +0000


A Not-So-Implausible Conspiracy TheorySpike

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:35:23 +0000

The June 2016 meeting between the Trumps and the Russians is the subject of ongoing scrutiny by the media, the public and – it appears – the special counsel appointed to look into the question of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Much more effort will likely be expended in this area, trying to suss […](image)

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Bye Bye Bobby Lee. Can a Stone Wall be Moved?bbenidtIMG_5638

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:52:38 +0000

After 133 years, a statue of Robert E. Lee came down in New Orleans last week. It made me wonder, again, about the portrait of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson that’s in our bedroom. I’ve been enormously intrigued by Jackson for years, and researched and wrote an historical novel about him (Cross Over The River; […](image)

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The Arrogance of Donald TrumpSpike15237

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:53:08 +0000

I’ll leave it to the elephants to trample the grass around the firing of FBI Director James Comey – except to agree with the obvious point that this clearly wasn’t about the Director’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail issue – but I do want to call out one telling detail of yesterday’s drama: Mr. […](image)

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High-Risk Pools, Pre-Existing Conditions and Other Lies: Why Tomorrow’s Health Care Vote MattersSpikedXvSVMap

Thu, 04 May 2017 02:50:34 +0000

Word this evening is that the House Republican leadership has set a vote for tomorrow on the latest version of “Repeal and Replace.” Insiders and observers are saying that this is a sign Speaker Ryan and his whips have found the requisite number of “yeas” to get the bill out of the House and on to […](image)

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101 Trumpnationsbbenidt101 image

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:22:09 +0000

One hundred and one. But who’s counting? The total is too daunting. Donald Trump in 100 days hasn’t done as much as we may have feared, and of course he’s done way less than he promised. Lots of commentary about this artificial hundred-day mark, about how Trump’s doing. What about us? How are we doing? Still […](image)

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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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