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Dickens Noir

JHM1Anyone who dismisses Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as Victorian treacle should see the latest adaptation of the story as mounted by the Houston Grand Opera.

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President Putin Addresses the Nation

putinOn 4 December Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his ‘state of the nation’ address to the Federal Assembly and an audience of over 1000 people. So, how was it as a speech?

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Republicans and the Prehistoric Foop Bird

Edwards'_DodoTheir near sweep in the mid-term election has generated a lot of speculation about the impact of a Republican majority in the House and Senate for the first time since 2006. Will Mitch McConnell and John Boehner lead a unified, purposeful GOP and move major legislation smoothly through the legislative process? Could there even be attempts to work with Democrats and demonstrate to the American people that Congress is still functional?

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God gave this land to them

Pat_Boone_by_Gage_SkidmorePat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

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How Mike Nichols Mauled Plastic

the graduateThe recent passing of director Mike Nichols took me back to my college days and the first time I saw The Graduate. It was one of Nichol’s best movies, and certainly one of the best movies ever made. In particular, The Graduate deserves to be remembered as the movie that dramatically changed the significance of the word “plastic.”

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America Works

2349875751_a4f7ed5a91_zThe dysfunctional government epidemic endlessly tracked by the media has yet to reach my outlier within-the-beltway neighborhood.

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Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 3.29.35 PMWe’ll never know if Democrats actually could have emerged from the November 4th mid-term election with a few new Senate seats, like Kansas, Kentucky or even Georgia. Or if they could have held on to a few they lost, like Arkansas, Colorado or South Dakota. We’ll never know because once again they blew it. They weren’t out-organized or outmanned. They were outthought, out-chutzpahed and, ultimately, out-foxed.  (Photo: Investorvillage.com)

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Dynasties

Kennedy_brosAverage voter turnout in the 2014 elections is reported to be the lowest since World War II. There are doubtless many reasons for this poor showing, but I’m going to suggest a provocative one: namely, that the American people aren’t voting because they are coming to accept the dynastic principle when it come to filling public offices.

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