Clog without fear and the world is your oyster

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Friday Jukebox: It’s Gonna Be A Long Night

As you might have guessed, I’m a huge poetry fan. I like the subtlety of language in the hands of masters. For example: “Don’t call your mother, don’t call your priest, don’t call your...

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My Pick for Essay of the Year.

Fear of a Black President Just read the whole thing. It’s one of the most cogent, nuanced takes on the subject I’ve seen. TNC has raised the bar again, and all I can do...

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A Pleasant Bigotry

Northwest sockeye salmon with Washington sweet corn. Heirloom tomatoes. New-potato gnocchi. Roasted peaches with an oat-and-almond crumble. Cocktails, and then wine. No, that’s not what was served for dinner in Casa Likko last night, although...

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Afghanistan: Eleven Years Later

In October we mark eleven years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. It is now the longest war in our nation’s history. This also marks another sad year of reflection for me regarding a war that...

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(K?)nashville or bust*!

So, in about 6 hours I board a flight to Nashville for a good friend’s bachelor party…  And I need your help…

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas…

Including the wingnuts. Evidently the string of recent craziness left those of us in the Lone Star State feeling underwhelmed by our crop of crazies. Well, no longer!

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The Medicare Morass

It’s too soon to render a definitive judgment, but I’ve got to hand it to Romney-Ryan: So far, they’ve done a really good job confusing the Medicare issue.

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The Alpha-Alpha Male Strategy

Of all the tactics available to the Republican party to overcome the 12-point gender gap,* this would be… one of them. UPDATE: A tweet from Ross Douthat suggests that it was supposed to be a joke, or...

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Come Pop My Bubble

When I read this article by Mark Adomanis in Forbes online, I find myself a bit confused. Adomanis mantains that there is a significant strain of American conservatism that looks at l’affaire d’Pussy Riot in Russia and...

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Whatever Just Happened There

My colleague Julian Sanchez has a fascinating article in Wired today about warrantless wiretapping: As Congress prepares to reauthorize the controversial FISA Amendments Act of 2008 — which effectively legalized the notorious warrantless wiretap...

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A Tee of Their Own

Augusta National has admitted their first two female members in their 80-year-history: In a historic change at one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice...

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Maybe The Fish All Died

Once upon a time about a year ago, a man who had been elected to the United States Congress went to Israel and he had ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ybe a little too much to drink and then he went skinny...

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NFL Football Contest!

Summer’s winding down, and Labor Day’s just around the corner, which means that it’s just about time for football. I was thinking this year we might have a contest to see whose professional gridiron...

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If you happen to be in Uruguay next month…

If you happen to be in Uruguay next month, three of my films — Marie and Jack: A Hardcore Love Story, Brett and Melanie: Boi Meets Girl, and Bill and Desiree: Love is Timeless...