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Every day students come to my class, they know we will be investigating the etymology of a word. An etymology means the development of a word’s history. A word’s meaning grows over time. Consider the word “temper.” Now if someone is angry, we might say, “Cool your jets!” and by that we mean “Control your […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they relish a stunning Washington post poll showing Republicans with a 10-point advantage on the generic ballot and Republicans with a big edge in the suburbs.  Given those political conditions, they welcome the news that Beto O’Rourke thinks this is is the cycle that Democrats can win back the governor’s office in Texas.  And they fire back as Jen Psaki suggests rapidly rising energy prices are proof we need to move away from fossil fuels and left-leaning media suggest the real story in this economic mess is that we need to lower our expectations.

Join Jim and Greg for a very special podcast!  First, they see reason to be optimistic about 2022 as three powerful House Democrats decide not to seek re-election. They also have plenty to say as Dems start telling Americans that the supply chain crisis just means we’ll have to stop whining and lower our expectations.  They marvel at Jen Psaki’s response to reports the Chinese may have fired off a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile. Finally, they raise a glass to 11 years of the 3 Martini Lunch!

The Casablanca Effect and Its Obverse


I suppose I need to start by explaining what I mean by “the Casablanca Effect”. It’s not my idea or term. A decade or so ago, I read an article by an author whose name I can’t recall who described what he termed “the Casablanca Effect” referencing the classic 1942 movie. He described how both he and his brother (separately) had heard and read for years how great the movie Casablanca was, and when he and his brother (separately) eventually saw the movie, it more than lived up to expectations. When they became aware of each other’s experience they gave it the Casablanca Effect moniker, something which comes highly recommended (a movie, a book, a restaurant, a location, anything really) and lives up to expectations.

Some years earlier, I’d had a similar experience (just 180 degrees out of phase) with a sibling – my sister. One year at Thanksgiving we decided to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Neither of us had ever seen the movie, but we’d both heard only good things about it. It had been nominated for several Academy Awards and had won a couple, its theme song was a well-deserved staple, film critics then and now all seemed to have nothing but good things to say about it, it was directed by Blake Edwards of Pink Panther fame, and it starred Audrey Hepburn. What could go wrong? However, when we watched the movie we both had the same thought: what a letdown! This movie not only doesn’t live up to the hype, it’s really just kind of a bad picture. The highlight of the movie is probably the opening sequence.