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Untimely Movie Review: Ben-Hur

There’s a moment, about two hours into Ben-Hur, when Charlton Heston’s title character tells Esther “We stood here before,” to which she replies “a long while ago,” and Heston responds, “Four years ago,” at which point I replied, “Feels longer.” That’s the … Continue reading

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Have We Finally Lost It?

The first time I saw the snippet of the MAGA kid / Native American drummer video, my reaction was about the same as most other people’s. “What a jerk that kid is.” “Somebody needs to teach him a lesson.” “I … Continue reading

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Best of 2018

The end of each of the last few years has brought with it a lamentation that I don’t write as much for this blog as I once did.  Unsurprisingly, that trend has continued in 2018. Not to belabor the point, … Continue reading

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The Unbridgeable Gap

Author and cartoonist Scott Adams colorfully describes one of the lamentable features of our current society as “two movies, one screen.” The concept is that our reality has, for practical purposes, split into two.  Everyone has access to the same … Continue reading

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In the Palm of God’s Hand

“Bacon’s favorite thing is love.  Even more than food.” My mom has told me some version of that at least a dozen times. If you’ve ever been around my dog Bacon when you happened to be eating a meal, this … Continue reading

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How Not to Message Gun Control

Every mass shooting brings with it a familiar cycle: Politicians offer condolences, lefty gun-control advocates attack those politicians on a number of fronts for doing so, we talk (argue) about gun violence for a few days on social media, and, … Continue reading

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Phabula Rasa

My trusty Galaxy Note 4 had served me well for three years, but it was time for a change. I wasn’t happy about it.  I’ve never had any interest in having the latest or coolest phone.  The fact that I’m … Continue reading

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Best of 2017

News flash: I’m not as prolific a blogger as I used to be. The first couple of years of the Axis of Ego saw me post at least once a week.  Usually twice.  Sometimes more. Those days are lonnnnnnng gone.  This is only … Continue reading

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Timely Movie Review: The Last Jedi

I’m proud to say that I made it to The Last Jedi spoiler-free. But I did collect one bit of relevant information prior to seeing it.  I saw that the Rotten Tomatoes score was a strong 93%, with a robust sample size … Continue reading

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Real Americans

I’m not going to address this past weekend’s events specifically.  There are already hundreds of columns covering every aspect of what happened in Charlottesville (and what is happening, to a lesser extent, in Seattle and Richmond and elsewhere). Instead, I’d … Continue reading

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