A Real Blue-Collar Guy

  Ed Schultz is dead. To paraphrase Shakespeare, we’re probably not going to see his like again .Not on TV, anyway. There used to be more people on TV like Ed, people who stood for something, who spoke their minds, without sugar coating what they had to say. Now – left or right – it […]
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May the Force be with Them

  I was surprised and impressed by the three young ladies on Rachel’s show last night. They made me revise my view of American education and they revived my hope for America’s future. Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Sarah Chadwick, survivors of the recent horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Southern Florida, discussed […]
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Who Lurks in the Shadows?

  The days when organized crime figures robbed banks and gunned down one another are long gone. Now, that kind of thing is left to lone strays, street gangs and the like. Today’s organized criminals are more likely to be involved in white-collar heists. They manipulate stock futures and cook the books of multibillion-dollar corporations for example. […]
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Yes, I’m a Rachel Fan

  Has it been nine years, Rachel? Nine years???  Even taking weekends and nights-off into account, that has to be more than 2,000 shows.  And I don’t think I’ve missed a week’s worth. Yes, I confess. I’m a fan. Sandra grumbles about that thing you do with the papers, shuffling them as if they contain […]
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Bill Maher Tells it Like it is

  I am not a big fan of Bill Maher, the HBO satirist. He is a little too smug for me. But he gave Americans something to think about as the nation celebrates its birthday. His Friday night critique was funny, I suppose. The HBO audience could be heard laughing . But his  comments were too true for […]
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Boll Weevils Need to Go

The Democratic Party will be doomed to failure if it tries to be a “big tent.” Big tents have no soul, no star to steer by. If you want my vote, stand for something and make it clear what you stand for. Here’s a little poem they taught me at school in Jamaica: Live for something, have […]
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I Miss Elizabeth Warren

It’s all Trump, Trump, Trump in American media these days. Occasionally you’ll get a noxious blast of fabricated “scandal” featuring Hillary. But I’m not hearing much about Elizabeth Warren. And that’s a shame. She is every bit as colorful as Trump (but in a good way), and she has the wit and guts to match his […]
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Who is Matt Lauer, Anyway?

“Now, that’s a Commander-in-Chief! If he can scare the hell out of Matt Lauer, just imagine what he can do to ISIS.” New Yorker cartoon I must live a sheltered life because I’d never heard Matt Lauer’s name before Wednesday night’s “town hall” on NBC and MSNBC. And I hope I never hear it again. […]
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The Hidden Truth

  There’s the truth and then there’s the whole truth. And while today’s fast-paced media usually try to tell the truth, they don’t always tell the whole truth. For example, you might read a review that describes what a film is about and how well it tells a story. But you probably won’t learn who funded the film. And that’s really […]
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Crooked Trump, Not Hillary

  Donald Trump likes to give his opponents derogatory nicknames – Low Energy Jeb, Little Marco, Lyin’  Ted and so on. For the general election, he has come up with Crooked Hillary. His FEC filing has disclosed how ironic this is. Tthere’s crookedness going on all right, but it’s in Trump’s campaign, not Hillary’s. As AlterNet’s Elizabeth Preza […]
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