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Moneyball should test Brad Pitt’s star power …

August 3, 2011
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PittMoneyball

Two of my favorite things converge in the release of the movie “Moneyball” in September, and I’m more than a little fascinated by what seems from a distance to be a vanity production of an admittedly interesting topic. Baseball movies have – to understate it a bit – a checkered history that dates back...

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The unconceded election …. No,not that one

July 26, 2011
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The putrid level of partisanship that we see in political life in 2011 and now seemingly threatens to undermine our national well=being and perhaps the global economy, traces its tawdry roots back to those first days of November in 1992 when Bill Clinton snuck up on a whole country in general and a hapless Republican Party in particular. They were alternately stunned, offended and enraged that it could have happened. They couldn’t believe it, so they didn’t believe it. Still don’t,

The election of 2000 is likely to be seen – with the benefit of a few years or even decades of hindsight – as one of the saddest chapters in our political history. It’s one of the great sticking points between so-called Liberals and Conservatives, but it says here that the election was stolen...

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Tea Party charlatans give me a royal pain …

July 21, 2011
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TeaParty

If the knuckleheads inside the Beltway – and I exclude very few from that description – allow this latest business of increasing the National Debt ceiling to spiral out of control and somehow do additional damage to a badly limping economy than it already has, I am going to blow a gasket. I don’t...

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Curt Flood story just broke my heart … again

July 19, 2011
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Flood

It’s been a long time since a television program had the kind of impact on me that the recent Curt Flood documentary from HBO would elicit. Watching “The Curious Case of Curt Flood” last week just blew me away, in part because he had always been one of my favorite players when I was...

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The Republicans’ One Percent Solution …

July 12, 2011
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Reagan

Sometime in the early 1980’s, it occurred to me that the country was making a major divergence from its longstanding commitment to the idea that government had a responsibility to aid those on the lowest rungs of the social and economic ladder. I suppose that vague uneasiness with the nascent Reagan Revolution and the...

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Jesus was a Liberal, Part Deux …

July 5, 2011
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BushW

This is the concluding section on an earier entry about the misuse and abuse of the word “liberal,” both in upper-case and lower-case usage. I will be accused of being a Pollyanna here, but wouldn’t it be nice if we, everybody, could stop using simplistic name tags? Just for the sake of discussion, let’s...

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