On Energy, We See Through a Glass Darkly But Must Forge Ahead

The more I read about America’s energy future the more confused I get. I know: I am easily confused. Give me simple problems with simple answers and I can manage. Try to teach me advanced math and you are wasting your time. But I bet even the brightest bulbs in the chandelier flicker when confronted […]
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Say It Ain’t So, John! Even You Couldn’t Be That Cynical

If I were a woman I would be insulted. As a man, I am amused (disgusted but amused). John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin (pictured at right) as his running mate is ludicrous. Nobody in America could possibly be fooled by this clumsy sleight-of-hand. We know why you picked Sarah, John. She’s a woman! Here’s […]
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It’s Obama’s Dream Team that Will Make the “Fix” Possible

The local newspaper’s headline this morning startled me. “Obama Tells Huge Crowd He Can Fix Broken Washington,” the front page banner declared. I listened to every word of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention last night, and I do not remember hearing that. What I heard was a message about teamwork, about bringing […]
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How Editors Indulge Their Biases Without Saying a Word

The editor of a newspaper is often described as a gatekeeper because part of the job is deciding what gets published and how. Today, as I picked up the local newspaper in Lakeland, Florida, I saw a glaring example of the ease with which this privilege can be abused. The Ledger is part of a […]
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Apathy Is America’s Greatest Enemy and McCain’s Greatest Ally

My wife Sandra and I watched transfixed as Hillary Clinton (photo below, right) gave a speech for the ages at the Democratic Party convention in Denver last night. MSNBC and CNN both televised the speech in its entirety, as they had done the previous night with Michelle Obama’s magnificent performance. I imagine Fox News did […]
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The Glitz, the Nobility and the Poison in American Politics

On the surface, the Democratic Party Convention under way in Denver looks a lot like a Walt Disney movie. Take last night’s opening session. There was ailing but indomitable Ted Kennedy, roaring his message of defiance at a cynical world, sprinkling stardust on the cheering delegates and transforming the scene with that old Kennedy magic […]
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Why Is John McCain Considered a “War Hero”?

Nobody in the media dares to question John McCain’s heroism. But my daughter, Grace, who lives in Miami, wants to know why he is considered a war hero. She sent me a link to a story about a man named Mai Van On, a Vietnamese peasant who risked his life to save McCain from drowning, […]
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“Boo!” to That Puffed Up “Count” and His Crazy Olympics

To all of you who watched archery, beach volleyball, bicycle moto-cross, synchronized swimming, water polo and the other fringe sports during these crazy Olympics, I have a question: Why? What do you know or care about these sports? Granted, Misty May-Treanor (photo at right) looks great in a bikini, but do you really know the […]
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Shameless McCain Supporters Unleash Willie Horton-Style Attack

You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. So here it is: The group responsible for the infamous Willie Horton ad used against Michael Dukakis is attacking Barack Obama. And another “independent” group – in the Swiftboat style that became familiar during the Bush-Kerry contest – is trying to link the current Democratic […]
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