Taking On the Forces of Evil to Save the World

I believe in Good and Evil. I believe that the forces of darkness are locked in a struggle with the forces of enlightenment. But my view is diametrically opposed to the apocalyptic vision of so-called Christians like those gathered in Washington DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Those people believe that the dark side […]
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The Battle is Joined for the Soul of America

Sitting on the American taxpayer’s left shoulder this morning is a little angel. On the taxpayer’s right shoulder sits a little devil. They are joined in a battle for the taxpayer’s soul. Says the angel: “You know this is the right thing to do.” The devil counters, “It’s gonna cost ya big bucks, baby. Let […]
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The Frightening Effects of “Fear Itself” – Especially at the Top

In a blog I wrote a few days ago, I wondered why the Obama Administration hesitates to temporarily nationalize American banks as a solution to the nation’s cash-flow crisis.  I pointed out that Sweden did it when they had a similar crisis back in the early Nineties. And I said America appears to be ignoring […]
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Behind the Simpering Mask of Bobby Jindal

You must be wondering why Louisiana Governor “Bobby” Jindal was chosen to respond to President Obama’s speech to Congress. After all, it was John McCain who led the Republicans against Obama in the presidential campaign, and a man named Michael Steele is supposed to be the national chairman of the party.  Yet it was Jindal’s […]
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The Racist Undercurrent in the Stimulus Package Battle

If you are wondering what’s in that stimulus package, you can find out at recovery.gov, where the details are provided and where spending of the $787 billion will be tracked. Here’s a chart copied from the site: One of the spending goals that caught my eye was “Protecting the Vulnerable,” for which $81 billion is […]
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For Light Instead of Heat, Try Fareed Zakaria’s Show

I don’t usually recommend television news shows. I find most of them bombastic and nonsensical. You can often tell from the titles that viewers will be treated like children with Attention Deficit Syndrome. I mean, what’s with “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull”? Or “Hardball”? How can they expect to be taken seriously with names […]
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Deficits – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There’s news that President Obama plans to reduce the U.S. deficit by half before the end of his first term, and ordinarily that would be good news. But there’s a time for everything, and this is definitely not the time to talk about reducing deficits. I’ll concede that deficits can do a lot of harm. […]
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New York Post Gets Up to Some Monkey Business

Don’t tell me the editor of the New York Post didn’t know a cartoon depicting a dead chimpanzee as the author of the multibillion-dollar stimulus bill would cause an uproar. This was deliberate provocation. But why? I realize that cartoonist Sean Delonas is infamous for his tasteless cartoons. He once portrayed Heather Mills with a […]
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The Blogosphere is Full of Spin Paid for by Propaganda Mills

You might think that the blogosphere is the last bastion of free speech. I’m sure you’ve heard those TV talking heads singing the praises of this wild and free medium and comparing it favorably with the more structured reporting by newspapers. Having spent most of my working life in newspapers, I can honestly say that […]
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What’s So Scary About Nationalization, Anyway?

A recent poll showed that the vast majority of Americans oppose nationalization of banks. I wonder whether the pollsters explained what nationalization means because I suspect most of the respondents don’t have a clue. What they think they know is that nationalization is Socialism and Socialism is bad. I don’t know whether Socialism is good […]
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