David Brooks’ Best Column Ever
Jan14

David Brooks’ Best Column Ever

No, that headline is really not in keeping with the humble spirit of the column, but Brooks’ words struck a chord this morning, and I probably overreacted … as I’m sometimes inclined to do. His central concept is a rather simple one: the degree of our civility is directly related to the degree we recognize just how flawed and imperfect we each are. That struck a chord with me because, as I crossed the 40-year-mark...

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Obama’s Three Words … and What Happens Next
Jan13

Obama’s Three Words … and What Happens Next

“It did not.” Ed Morrissey claims those three words in the President’s Tucson speech last night were off script. The President spoke them in the moment; they were not in the pre-released text of the speech. In context … And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this...

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Stuff That Irritates Me
Jan06

Stuff That Irritates Me

Yes, it has been awhile since I’ve blogged here. Graduate school has been more of a challenge than I ever imagined. No matter what the amorphous “they” tell you, going back to school after a 22-year absence is not an easy undertaking. Regardless, I survived the first semester and start another Jan. 18. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to contribute to TMV before or after that date, but inspiration...

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Changes
Aug03

Changes

My colleagues have been informed and I’m now compelled to share the following news with the handful of readers who might care. In short, a series of existing and new commitments have prompted me to recognize that there’s a limit to the multitasking I can manage. As a result, I am resigning from my volunteer role as TMV Managing Editor and taking a sabbatical from blogging, of to-be-determined duration. I won’t bore you...

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TPE’s Mark Williams: Still Digging
Jul15

TPE’s Mark Williams: Still Digging

At least one commenter on yesterday’s post mounted a defense (or semi-defense) of a point made by Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express, among others. The defended point was essentially this: It’s wrong for the NAACP to be flinging charges of racism against individuals within the Tea Party when the NAACP is, itself, racist. I’m curious: Do yesterday’s defenders of that point also want to offer a defense of...

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