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What Should Lisa Jackson Do?

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On September 7, 2011
I’ve pondered this question ever since Obama decided to not only undercut the EPA’s new smog rules, but to do so in a very public way, clearly intended to make him seem serious on jobs and pro-business. EPA chief Lisa Jackson has not made any public statements since the announcement. Robin Bravender discusses her options. […]

Bastrop State Park

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On September 5, 2011

I love traveling. Seeing the world might mean more to me than almost any other thing I enjoy–reading, music, film, Oregon football, baseball. Maybe not good beer or bourbon, but it’s prett

Remaking Straw Dogs?

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On September 3, 2011
So it seems that Rod Lurie is remaking Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. I have deep reservations about this. I love Sam Peckinpah. I will defend many of his movies (OK, not Convoy, but certainly Cross of Iron). The Wild Bunch is one of my favorite movies of all time. But it’s really, really hard to […]
Like most of New England outside of Massachusetts, Vermont has a very weak history of prominent politicians. I believe the state has contributed all of 1 person to a cabinet position, for instance. This isn’t too surprising, given Vermont’s size and proximity to two giants. 1. Ethan Allen–even after all these years, Allen, who was […]

Are Finns White?

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On September 1, 2011

This issue came up in the comments to a post from earlier in the week. Before you answer that question with the obvious no, note that this was a real issue in American history. John Svan was a Finnish

As will become even clearer over time as I continue to write here, I can be pretty obsessive about things. One of those things is museums. Museums really affect me in strong ways–I often either love or hate what I see and get riled up about it. Yesterday, I visited Springfield Armory National Historic Site […]
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