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‘Sully’ Sullied?


Whatever else it does or doesn’t do, Clint Eastwood’s Sully makes an interesting case study for those of us who think a lot about the relationship between movies, or popular culture in general, and real life. Because the whole story of “the Miracle on the Hudson” on January 15, 2009 took only seconds to unfold, […]

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Suddenly, a Shifting Pension Paradigm?


Sacramento Last month, I wrote a dour column for the Spectator doubting that a significant new appeals court decision in a major pension case would ultimately change the financial trajectory of our state’s pension systems. Bottom line: A court finally agreed that oversized pensions for public-sector workers could be cut going forward, just as is […]

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Ross Poldark (AIDEN TURNER) - (C) Mammoth Screen - Photographer: Mike Hogan

Poldark: Finding A Hero


As has been the case throughout time, but particularly in our current climate, we yearn for a hero.  We see heroes in real life — soldiers, first responders, and everyday people thrust into difficult situations, who step up and put themselves into harm’s way to protect and defend their fellow man. We also love heroes […]

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‘And He Walks With Me’


Sunday It’s the day of the Emmy Awards ceremony. I am feeling a bit strange about it. For one thing, I used to go to the Daytime Emmy ceremony year after year when Win Ben Stein’s Money was on the air on Comedy Central. That was fifteen years ago. I’m sad that I’m not invited […]

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James Polk: The Last President Who Kept His Promises


My late friend Peter Hannaford believed, “If presidents are to be judged by their ratio of achievement to their stated goals, James Polk had a 100 percent record and, in that respect, must be seen as one of our most successful presidents.” Peter was a Republican all his life, but he was also a big […]

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