Author Archives: Pat Ryan

The most clear-eyed social critic and political analyst in America

Noodling around in my email files looking for something to write about, but nothing stood out or snagged my interest.  You say I should improve the stuff I keep in my files?  I say, apparently you are correct.  It’s not … Continue reading

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You don’t need to be “deaf, dumb and blind” to be fair

Read this from Vox.com, this is very good.  It’s helped me think more clearly in considering whether there’s been a rush to judgment against men recently accused of sexual assault and harassment. First, I’ll go out on a limb and … Continue reading

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It’s been a hell of a year

Remember when Trump did that thing? They do: they kept track https://t.co/ynFGMkXuWI — Pat Ryan (@patryan12) January 21, 2018 If you want to try to narrow down the chaos that is Trump’s America,  try for a moment to put aside … Continue reading

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This is not the president you’re looking for

I get tired of feeling like I have to write about Donald Trump, and about what he has done and is doing to our country and our society.  I get tired of reading about the topic, too: it’s unhappy, repetitive, … Continue reading

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What I did eight years ago today

It snowed here today!

Them what knows say it’s the earliest in the season it’s ever snowed in Houston, and the first time it’s ever snowed here two winters in a row. I believe that: it’s probably snowed fewer than a dozen times in the more than 40 years I’ve lived here.

The TV news freaked out, of course, although credit where credit is due: this snowfall was forecast five days ago, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise. But you know there’s always someone who didn’t get the message.

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