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Summary of My Discontent

The education blame game

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Stop Calling Me Surly

Downtown, we’ve got a problem

I don’t get downtown much anymore. I may go to pay a parking ticket — or get yet another. But I’m learning.

Editor’s Note

Caution: Flammable

Strange things happen at bars after midnight.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Ashley Judd ‘doesn’t fit the damn state’

After all the talk, the champ is standing in the ring waiting and some of his opponents are starting to doubt whether he can really be knocked out.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Smackdown, interrupted

Let’s suppose you’re a young, bright constitutional officer who is ripe for higher office and who thinks there ought to be a law. The stakes are stellar, so you mustn’t stumble.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Hear the wind blow

You have such a nice home. It’s always so interesting to see the spaces in which people live. Thank you.

Summary of My Discontent

Watching the Oscars in Hanoi

I had just settled in for a steaming bowl of pho gà, the national breakfast of Vietnam, when my lovely wife Mary pointed behind me and said, “Hey look, the red carpet.&rdq

Stop Calling Me Surly

Wicked statecraft kills bills

The train was so freighted with baggage and on such a fast track — greased by lobbyists — that it barreled through a committee before the AARP’s alarms were heard.

Fables of the Deconstruction

I’ll be around

My neighbors got a divorce. He started putting his stuff in storage last fall, and then he moved away.

Summary of My Discontent

You may or may not be a miracle

You are a unique miracle. Consider: The universe is 13.77 billion years old, give or take a few weeks. The Milky Way is 13.2 billion years old. The earth is 4.6 billion years old.