Jan

07

The Vermont Governor and the Chamber of Secrets

Pictured Various Vermont House and Senate Members “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”  Albus Dumbledore (I know it is a different book). If you have not read the book or seen the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, then I’m not sure where you’ve been […]

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Jan

06

School Wars: Return of the Jedi or Empire Strikes Back?

Several months ago I wrote about School Wars: A New Hope.  Not much has changed. However we are at the dawn of a new legislative session. Will the mind tricks (false dichotomy) prevail this legislative session? Will the Empire (VNEA) Strike Back?  Will the Jedi (citizen legislators) return? Some thoughts recorded at Vermont Public Radio. […]

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Dec

21

Yippee-ki-yay Single-Payer

“The man is hurting! He’s alone, he’s tired, he hasn’t seen diddly squat from anyone down here… and you’re going to stand there and tell me that he’s going to give a damn about what you do to him, if he makes it out of there alive? Why don’t you wake up and smell what […]

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Dec

10

Revenge of the Nerds?

“Those nerds are a threat to our way of life.”  Stan Gable, Alpha Beta Brother, Revenge of the Nerds I first saw Revenge of the Nerds while on a summer camp trip climbing the Shawangunks in 1984.  I went to an all boys camp and the the reason why I was rock climbing instead of say playing […]

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Nov

25

VPR Commentary – TALKING TURKEY

Last year there was a movie about Thanksgiving, Turkeys and Time Traveling Aliens.  It was awful. My VPR piece you can read and listen to here has nothing to do with those kinds of aliens or that kind of turkey.

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Nov

23

There Can Be Only One

Crude and slow clansman, your attack was no better then that of a clumsy child.  – Sean Connery as Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez in The Highlander I need to go back through some of my previous posts to determine how many times I said a movie was in my all time top three or five […]

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Nov

09

When This Baby Hits 88

“I’m sure that in 1985 plutonium is available in every corner drug store, but in 1955 it’s a little hard to come by.”  – Doctor Emmett Brown The 1980s were truly a time of miracle and wonder when it came to cinema (and music).  And the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future was no exception. […]

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Nov

02

The Natural Politician

“I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.” – Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs in The Natural I’ve never really understood sports. I mean I simply do not understand why people watch them on television.  I get the live game, but that is more about community then the sport itself.  For me, watching any […]

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Oct

19

Cross the Streams or Get Slimed

Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.  Peter Venkman: What? Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.  Venkman: Why?  Spengler: It would be bad.  Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?  Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in […]

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Sep

28

The Loquacious Orations of the Political Class

You shouldn’t have to order a decoder ring to be able to understand our politicians.  Here’s my second attempt at a VPR commentary.

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