• The Great Portcullis

      In the third week of August someone pushes the button and brings sum­mer to an end in the Mountain West, though beautiful weather and Indian summer lie ahead. Typically, the change comes with the dis­charge of a powerful thunder cell, seemingly no different from any other electrical storm but collapsing into a gray leaden… Read More

  • Please Don’t Smile, Mr. President

    I have read the results of last Tuesday’s elections, which indicate that President Trump continues to lose ground in the suburbs, among women particularly. Many explanations for his unpopularity with educated and prosperous women, not all of whom I imagine are also ladies, are possible, of course. One of them, I suggest, is that Mr…. Read More

  • Stan Laurel for President

    What is wrong with the Republicans? The answer: They are the Stupid Party, as the British Tories were called in the late 19th century. Which prompts a further question. And a further answer. Why are they stupid? Answer: Because they are are intellectually and politically dishonest with themselves and with their constituency. They see that… Read More