The Rainbow’s Message

  As Arnie’s ashes were being spread at the Pennsylvania golf course where he grew up, a rainbow appeared in the sky (above). To me, it was a promise from the Heavens, an assurance that decency will triumph over villainy after all. For Arnold Palmer was not just a great golfer. He was also a decent […]
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What We Don’t Know

  I don’t think the millions who watched Monday night’s presidential debate learned much that they didn’t already know. Everyone knew going in that Donald Trump is a rude, ignorant oaf. Everyone already knew, too, that Hillary Clinton is a rock-steady, whip-smart public servant with encyclopedic knowledge. What we may not have known – and did […]
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Musings on the Great Debate

  Let’s get the who-won-who-lost nonsense out of the way first. Smilin’ Hillary won. Snifflin’ Trump lost. And Hillary’s adroit, energetic – even powerful – performance must surely have laid to rest all those whispers about her health. But Trump scored a point or two before he crumbled in a heap of pouting petulance. How he scored those […]
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A Really, Really Big Show!

  I suppose it was inevitable that the medium would – as Marshall McLuhan observed a long time ago – become the message. And that is just what has happened to American democracy. It has become a carnival… a traveling road show… a latter-day chiaroscuro. There is no message to be found in this presidential campaign, just […]
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Now, Hillary’s Eye is “Crazy”?

  What will they think of next? The vast right-wing noise machine has come up with a new scandal. It involves Hillary’s eye. The left one. Apparently it’s “crazy,” and that’s a likely symptom of a grave medical condition, don’t you know? I learned of this new theory thanks to my nephew Chris, who sent me a link […]
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