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Sutherland: (Democratic) Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

One of the all-time classic Twilight Zone episodes starred William Shatner, as a salesman who had suffered a nervous breakdown on a commercial airline flight… After six months’ confinement in a sanatorium, his wife arranges to have him released and … Continue reading

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Sutherland: The Intellectual Roots of Trumpism

There has been next to no explanation of where the Trump Phenomenon has come from as far as its ideological provenance goes… We have seen some commentators dismiss it as a classic anti-intellectual right-wing populist movement, akin to the George … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Living in the ‘Guilted Age’

I have been fortunate enough to hear Tom Wolfe speak in person about his writing several times over the last 40 years.  The first time was in 1970, when he gave the Carolyn Cockefair Benton Lecture at U.M.K.C. Wolfe talked about … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Fanfare for an Uncommon Man

Two months ago one of the most interesting people in Kansas City was laid to rest after a funeral “fit for a field marshall” (in the words of Alec Guiness from the 1959 classic “Tunes of Glory”)… The life of … Continue reading

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Sutherland: What’s Wrong with America?

People have been asking for my take on this year’s presidential race…  And as someone who’s been a political enthusiast for decades, I should be able to make an informed guess on what’s likely to happen in both parties, right? … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Trump, Sanders? Flip a Coin

The election prospects for this country a year out are appalling in both parties… Both the Republican and the Democratic races have been dominated, at least in terms of excitement and enthusiasm, by demagogues.  We have a Fascist (Donald Trump) … Continue reading

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Sutherland: No More Mr. Nice Guy; Steve Rose Bears Thorns

“Afterwards, you rue the fact that you’ve been so kind.” Adolph Hitler, April 27,1945. (Last recorded remarks) R. Crosby Kemper, III has done an outstanding job running the Kansas City Missouri Public Library. He’s overseen the upgrading of library facilities … Continue reading

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Sutherland: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme!

  The foregoing quote is attributed to Mark Twain… I’ve always understood it to mean that some events reoccur in history with spooky similarity, even though they are not exactly alike in all the particulars. See if you can tell … Continue reading

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Sutherland: An Unresolved Dichotomy @ 18th & Grand

During the Cold War, analysts at the CIA would parse every word in the Soviet Union’s official newspaper, “Pravda,” and in the Red Chinese counterpart, “The People’s Daily.” This was to search for subtle shifts in meaning and emphasis in … Continue reading

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Sutherland: World War I and The Rise of Modernism

The Nelson-Atkins Museum has another landmark exhibition to its credit… Not since the 1977 sensation, “Sacred Circles,” a tribute to the art of the American Plains Indians, has there been such a stand-out success that is entirely the Nelson’s doing. … Continue reading

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Sutherland: NC-17 Rated Urban Myths of the Heartland

Every culture has its myths and legends… These establish societal norms that are passed on from one generation to the next, reflecting the values which govern that particular community. In Kansas City, one of the most enduring popular folk tales … Continue reading

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Sutherland: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Michelle Johnson, the Kansas City Star’s ‘Diversity Diva’, was able to put succinctly into words an idea that I had struggled with for some time… Johnson drew on her experience as an employment lawyer to explain why some types of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ Routine Getting Old @ Star

To be honest, I don’t spend much time pouring over what’s left of the Kansas City Star opinion section… Never did really. Except in the early 1990s when writers like Yael Abouhalkah loomed fairly large in helping shape local political opinion – or so … Continue reading

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Sutherland: ‘Mad Men’ Finale or Snark Hunting, Part Deux

In a couple of weeks, the last season of “Mad Men,” AMC’s award winning drama series, will begin… Greeted with both critical and popular acclaim when it debuted in 2007, the show has gone from strength to strength and Matthew … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Dwight D. Administers a Little Corporal Punishment to You-Know-Who

We’ve seen a masterful exposition of expertise on the Middle East in response to my post on George Packer‘s appearance at UMKC re ISIS and Mark Valentine‘s post on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress… I’m speaking, of course, … Continue reading

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Sutherland: The Hunting of the Snark

The foregoing was the title of a non-sense poem for children by Lewis Carroll, the 19th century Englishman who also wrote Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass… My grandfather was active in a fraternal group for the lumber … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Camp of the Saints

Forty years ago a French author, Jean Raspail, wrote a powerful polemic against multiculturalism… Translated into English by Norman Shapiro, a Harvard faculty member, it was roundly condemned at the time as racist, hateful, etc., when it was published here … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Crime & Punishment on Grand Boulevard

I’ve noticed over the years that local opponents of capital punishment are usually very quiet when some horrific crime occurs here… In the last few years there have been a number of local murders, in particular, that are so shocking … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Waving My Freak Flag High -or- Nothing’s the Matter With Kansas

“White collared conservative flashing down the street                   Pointing their plastic finger at me                  They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die      … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Villains, Victims & Self-Loathing, Among the Well-Informed

The key to understanding much of liberal thinking is to grasp the interplay between the concepts of guilt and victimhood… We are told, for instance, that all of us are guilty as Americans of consuming a disproportionate share of the … Continue reading

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