The mogul behind The Extremes

   Lights, sequins, syncopation. They do put on a performance. Governing? No. But glitter, glam and that good old anti-government sound? Oh, yeah. You can almost hear the Gipper tapping his toe.    They are the show that’s trying to stop the show. They are The Extremes.    Michele. Rick. Rand. There’s Texas right-winger Louie…

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In one ear and out, on the test

    “Our children,” wrote Marshall McLuhan decades before Facebook and Twitter, “are engaged in extraordinarily hard work, and that work is growing up — because to grow up in a modern electronic environment is a fantastically complex and difficult job.”     “Pshaw,” will come the auto-rejoinder. “Their lives are too easy — and nothing the…

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Time to govern? Harrumph

    In Blazing Saddles, cross-eyed Gov. William J. Le Petomane, hearing the town of Rock Ridge has met disaster at the hands of outlaws, announces to his coterie:     “We’ve got to protect our phony baloney jobs, gentleman. We must do something about this immediately, immediately, immediately.”      “Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!” goes his…

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