Monthly Archives: March 2012

An Artful Moment: Georges Seurat and Marc Chagall

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: “Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine . . . people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the … Continue reading

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Political Math

“You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits.” – Neil Kinnock, English politician born on 28 March 1942. Americans have recently been forcibly reminded that Kinnock is manifestly correct in this matter, for while in most cases things add … Continue reading

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Ju-On in America

Behold The Haunted Restaurant! The mansion in the photograph below was once a thriving hotel and restaurant, but it is now completely deserted and sits menacingly on the sinister wastelands of the High Plains. It is outside a small town … Continue reading

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Henry Adams, Bewildered Prophet

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” – Henry Adams, American journalist, historian, and novelist, who died on 27 March 1918. Adams (born 16 February 1838) is the author of an autobiographical … Continue reading

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Heading Out

My friends: I will not be posting on articles for the next few days, since I will be in the Colorado Rockies, hiking and, hopefully, horseback riding. However, if I find the right horse, I will be gone for an … Continue reading

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The Wisdom Of Simon Cameron, In Two Parts

The Wisdom of Simon Cameron, Part I: “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.” – Simon Cameron, American financier, Senator from Pennsylvania, and Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln, who was born on 8 … Continue reading

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Thinking about Confucius on Super Tuesday

Confucius said: “In all matters, the first thing that a petty person thinks about is profit.” The Chinese ideogram that the translator has rendered as “profit” means “calculated self-interest.” Is that not an accurate description of most American politicians? And … Continue reading

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The Tabby As Sage

‎”I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine, French historian and ailourophile, who died 5 March 1893. 

I asked one of my cats about this claim, and he told me … Continue reading

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Penn Jillette: Separating Magic From Malarkey

Born 5 March 1955 – Penn Jillette, American magician, illusionist, atheist, libertarian, skeptic, and author, who, along with his partner Teller, has performed the invaluable service of championing reason and fact over belief and delusion on the “Penn & Teller: … Continue reading

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Patriot Quiz

3 March 1931 – “The Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, becomes the official national anthem of the United States of America. What was the nation’s unofficial national anthem until that time? “Hail, Columbia” What’s a national … Continue reading

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