Dusty Nix

Dusty Nix

The inevitable appearance of the American buzzard

It didn’t take long Wednesday, after a bloody domestic terror attack on lawmakers, aides and police security guards gathered for a morning of baseball — baseball, for crying out loud — for the political recriminations to begin. That’s pretty routine now.

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Competitiveness with grace – God help us

The final round at the Masters was one of the most exciting sports finishes I’ve ever watched. Two fierce competitors, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, turned the back nine into a two-player shootout, one that Garcia ultimately won on the first playoff hole after the two finished 72 holes dead even.

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Unreality check

Back in those early and innocent days of the last presidential campaign, the crowded Republican field was often referred to (not infrequently by Republicans) as a “clown car.” It was funny at the time, if clichéd.

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Godspeed, Mr. President, and thank you

Barack Obama is everything so-called conservatives have, at least since the dismal dawn of the Moral Majority, told us a political figure should be: a dedicated and loving faith-and-family man, personally beyond reproach, publicly untainted by scandal or corruption. The man who succeeds him in five days is everything the same people have told us we should abhor and loathe: repulsively crass, gleefully promiscuous, serially adulterous, spiritually indifferent (at best), morally void and demonstrably corrupt.

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Season’s trickiest social issue

The big day is almost upon us. And although we in this business already bring enough controversy and rancor upon ourselves on a daily basis — cranked up to Spinal Tap 11 in an election year — I really think it would be irresponsible to let this important season pass without addressing one of our most pressing and immediate social concerns.

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Love of country — on our own terms

This isn’t about the pro jock who protested the flag. That’s been pretty much wrung dry as far as I’m concerned, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you think so, too. (If you sat at this desk in front of this computer screen and this email account, I’d personally guarantee it.)

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The grin Ron leaves with us

Ron Anderson could come at you with a grin like Alice’s Cheshire Cat — it sort of preceded him. It arrived before the lanky, Jimmy Stewartish rest of him and lingered after he left.

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Woody Allen raises art-artist moral conundrum — again

Woody Allen has a new movie, and new, or at least revived, accusations of incestuous pedophilia. I’m not interested in the first, and like most people repulsed by the very thought of the latter. You can read, or might already have read, about all this in a story on our website headlined “In Woody Allen, media & moviegoers again confront ambiguity.”

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Democrats' Defeat Express stoked up and chugging

George McGovern and Walter Mondale are shoveling the coal, Michael Dukakis is at the controls, and Bernie Sanders sits atop the campaign car waving to a growing cluster of adoring, loyal, starry-eyed followers who sincerely believe he has an ice cube's chance in a boiler of becoming president of the United States.

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We could use some of that incense about now

At some point every holiday season, in spite of the miraculous gift of the Internet -- and as Christmas shopping goes, I believe the Internet is only slightly short of divine intervention -- I venture out of the "virtual" marketplace and into the real one. Even, if absolutely necessary (be a balm upon my soul, Jesus), to the mall.

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