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Torn between his liberal-long-hair heart and his cynical, balding head; his joy is tinged with cynicism, his sorrow with a laugh.
Torn between his liberal-long-hair heart and his cynical, balding head; his joy is tinged with cynicism, his sorrow with a laugh.

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Does everything happen for a reason?
No.

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Every one is a magician these days.
One hand distracts, while the other does the work, right? Maybe. Lines of thought that run roughly, 'X is just a distraction from Y', are interesting. The person making the claim presumably has followed both X and Y without losing focus, without which it wo...

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Impeaching DJ Trump is a dream.
Republicans will never vote for it. Even if Democrats (and assorted caucus-member independents) ride a wave election in 2018, they'll still need some Republicans to reach 67 votes in the Senate. And, if it were to go through, Pence wouldn't ease up on the e...

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The people around the president are merely symptoms of the disease.
Focusing on Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, or Kellyanne Conway is a mistake. Who hired these people? At least eighty percent of the time, that guy is going to replace his awful advisors and surrogates with another Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort, or Betsy Devos.

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Mid day in Ballard, Seattle:
Late this morning, I went to brunch with my son and my parents at Biscuit and Bean. There is always a line heading into this joint on the weekends, so I'd never been. Turns out they make large, rich, fluffy biscuits and overly salty gravy. We sat inside to ...

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I feel much better when:
I don't stay up or sleep in too late. I don't let things pile up. I get outside. I exercise. I smile. I talk face to face with people I actually like. I draw more than some random doodle. These are activities I could focus on. I could also make some kind of...

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American Epistemology
For a while, with all the talk of 'post-truth', I had been wondering if we hadn't stumbled into a dumbed-down post-modernism. Pidgeon Post Modernity, if you will. But that didn't feel right. Something simpler, and thus harder to grasp, was driving all the d...

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Notes on the Senate Democrats' response to Neil Gorsuch
Nationally, there is no motivation for Dems to work with Republicans here. One might claim to be saving one's ammunition for another, hypothetical fight, but the threat of removing filibusters on SCOTUS nominees will remain. Republicans will use it again an...

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What we do and what its effect matters more than how we felt about it and our desires when we were doing it.
Perhaps driven by character and feeling, I have always considered effect to be at least as important as intent--and almost always more so. When it matters, intent tends to augment or mitigate and determine the degree of fault or laudability, rather than ren...
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