Category Archives: The Passing Scene

Matt Drudge and the Patton Effect

Bear with me on this one. It may turn out to be one of the strangest posts I ever made in this forum. I am attempting to draw an analogy as we reflect on the 20th anniversary of the Clinton … Continue reading

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The Grievous Sin of ACT and SAT Score Stamping

I am appalled and have been for a long time by how standardized test scores, especially ACT and SAT scores, tend to be stamped on the foreheads of young people for the rest of their lives.    As the father … Continue reading

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Sympathy for Those with Good Intentions

I’ve felt a strong sense of kinship with Winston Churchill since reading William Manchester’s magisterial account of the late British prime minister and statesman. Churchill is remembered among most historians as the greatest national leader of the 20th century.  Yet, … Continue reading

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Airport (1970) and Its Legacy

A few days ago, my wife had  Arthur Hailey’s Airport on an old retro movie channel. That movie began a lifelong aversion to plane travel. My parents took me to every one of those air disaster films throughout the Seventies … Continue reading

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Some Disparate Thoughts on Language Learning

Aeon an digital magazine committed to spreading knowledge and a cosmopolitan world view, recently carried a piece about the struggle under way throughout the world to preserve so-called minority languages.  In some cases, the term minority is applied generously.   Many of these … Continue reading

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A Cult Leader or Simply a Frightened Little Man?

Earlier this morning, I finished a rather fascinating article exploring whether the Kim dynasty has essentially managed to construct nationwide cult, one so entrapped in its dogma and mysticism that it would gladly sacrifice itself in the face of American … Continue reading

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Westworld: An Enduring Science Fiction Legacy

Last night, I watched the troubling and highly dystopian film Westworld.  A long time has passed since my first viewing in 1973 in the Cinema Twin Theater in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with my old boyhood chum, Joey Johnson. The movie … Continue reading

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