When Views Are News, It’s Easy to Confuse

In a world of 24-hour television news and a wide open Internet, it’s hard to separate gibberish from legitimate information. Nature, we are told, abhors a vacuum, and the most dreaded scourge of the electronic media is dead air. Something must be found to fill the airwaves. And that something must be startling enough to […]
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There May Be Hope for Humanity – and Democracy – After All

I went to church last night for the first time in decades. For reasons too complex to explain, I had come to the conclusion that religion might well be the Anti-Christ, and that if Jesus were here in the flesh once more, He would surely cast out those latter-day money changers in the God-wants-you-to-be rich […]
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The Unseen Puppeteers Who Run – and Ruin – Television News

I was having a brew or two last night with a couple of fellow-writers who were passing through my town, and we got to wondering why American TV news programs have become so awful. We agreed that the way TV stations present information has become not only misleading but also pretty much unwatchable. Because we […]
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Democrats Should Deep-Six the U.S. Senate’s Filibuster Rule

In Britain, Canada and Jamaica, the party that wins an election is expected to implement its platform. If enough members of the governing party vote against a major piece of legislation, causing it to fail, the prime Minister has to step down and call another election. In America, that’s not the case. President Obama’s Democrats […]
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Sarah Palin, the New Populism’s Strange Bedfellow

Charles Dudley Warner, a Connecticut newspaperman and Mark Twain’s collaborator and neighbor, observed that “politics makes strange bedfellows.” If you have any doubts about the truth of that statement, consider the emergence of Sarah Palin and the Republican Party as allies of the populist movement in America. And then ponder the perception of President Obama […]
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Fox News is Not the Only Source of Right-Wing Propaganda

By now, everyone knows what they will see if they watch Fox News. The 24-hour news channel has been so shameless in pushing a “conservative” agenda that right-wing viewers can always count on hearing the BS they want to hear. The real danger to those of us who would like to know the truth is […]
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What Happened to the Movies? They Used to Be Entertaining

I subscribe to one of those channels that offer movies on TV, but I haven’t watched a film all the way through in a long time. It’s not just that they’re boring. Most of them are positively sickening. A few minutes into the movie, I am sure to be treated to some repulsive scene that […]
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Why Don’t Obama and His Allies Just Open up Medicare?

President Obama’s “optimism” notwithstanding, the convoluted health care legislation passed by the House and Senate is obviously destined for the wastebasket. It has little popular support, the Republicans are never going to change their stubborn opposition to it, and the Democrats don’t have the votes to block a filibuster in the Senate. Meanwhile, the health […]
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