When Kids Take Action

  The mighty NRA could be going under. And a group of kids, barely old enough to vote, could be responsible. In a lawsuit filed against New York governor Andrew Cuomo, the gun rights lobby claims it’s going broke because a state agency made insurers cut ties with the association. Without insurance coverage, the NRA […]
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Who is the Real Enemy?

    When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to walk back Trump’s rant that the press is “the enemy of the people,” warning bells should be ringing across the land. Thomas Jefferson observed that: When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a a tyrant. Attacking the independent media […]
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A Day in the Age of Trump

    No interruption so far in access to the blog site, so I’ll keep blogging until I hear something more from Xavier… It’s another day in Trumpistan… The Trump faithful may be taking comfort from Rudy Giuliani’s  rambling interview on TV yesterday, but the rest of us are left wondering what that was all […]
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A Hiatus and a Warning.

  If you don’t see any blogs in the next few days, don’t worry. Trump’s minions have not come for me. Webmaster Xavier is making improvements. Here’s the email I got this morning: They started work on the blog consolidation; however they are not done. It is taking a little longer than expected. I am […]
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Serving the Afflicted

  If those kidnapped refugee children are ever reunited with their parents, it won’t be because of Ice Queen Kirstjen Nielsen (photo) or heartless apparatchik Alex Azar . It will be groups like Catholic Charities we have to thank. These privately funded groups – and an army of volunteers – are working day and night behind […]
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In an Age of Cyber Wars

  I don’t own a smart phone. I use an old-fashioned flip phone and I have trouble reading texts or retrieving voice mail messages on it. I don’t own a laptop or a notebook. I sit at a desk and type these blogs on a 10-year-old PC that crashes mysteriously from time to time. As […]
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The Case for Anger

  I believe in friendly debate, without rancor or personal animosity. But sometimes, the issues being debated become so personal that emotional involvement is unavoidable. I don’t see, for example, how you and I could unemotionally debate the failure of the current Congress to fulfill its obligation to the US Constitution. We would be discussing […]
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A Dispiriting Picture

  I get weary when I read that Trump’s approval rating is consistently above 40 percent and Fox is number one among cable news channels. I am stunned when I learn 80 – even 90 – percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job. Who are the people responding to these polls? Who […]
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A Lack of Common Sense

Remember Voltaire’s lament on the rarity of common sense? Don’t you think it’s even less common today than it was in his time? There’s a two-dimensional quality to political discourse, for example. Gun control is a case in point. The Founding Fathers gave us the right to arm ourselves as a bulwark against tyranny. But […]
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When “Rights” Collide

  I don’t imagine any reasonable person thinks it’s OK to settle a verbal dispute by violence. So when I exercise my First Amendment right, you don’t have the right to shoot me. That’s how I would sum up the gun control debate that’s sure to be revived in the aftermath of yesterday’s massacre in […]
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