There’s No Joy in Mudville for us “Progressives,” But…

I guess you could call me a “progressive.” I consider myself open to new ideas, willing to try and improve the way things are done, always hoping that things will get better. But in some ways, I am really quite conservative. Something deep inside keeps saying, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” And I’m […]
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As Ugliness Rages, Inspiring Deeds Are Overlooked

There’s something in human nature that revels in ugliness. During my newspaper editing days, I once experimented with highlighting news I found inspirational instead of the usual blood-stained menu of sex, violence and “controversy.” The experiment was a flop. That’s why you seldom hear of the decent things people do. The media learned long ago […]
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“Ugly Americans” Bare Their Fangs at Home

You might be old enough to remember a book (and movie) titled “The Ugly American.” The tale portrayed Americans who behave offensively in a fictional Asian country. In the story, a “native” journalist remarks: For some reason, the [American] people I meet in my country are not the same as the ones I knew in […]
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Throwing Good Money After Bad – Again and Again

I am dumbfounded by the American public’s tolerance for military wastefulness. It has been going on throughout my lifetime and instead of being addressed, it has been allowed not just to continue but to grow and grow and grow. As a young reporter, I used to write “outrage” stories about the hugely inflated prices the […]
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How Media Misrepresent the “Tax Increase” for the Rich

I am the last person you should come to for tax counseling. It’s Sandra who takes our receipts and other stuff to have a professional figure out what we have to pay. I cringe in fear at the very mention of income taxes, and I sit in a corner biting my nails until she returns […]
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Building Fortunes on the Bodies of the War Dead

“Oh, oh, now we’ll never get out of Afghanistan,” Sandra exclaimed as she read the headline in the newspaper this morning: ARCHIVE DEPICTS AFGHAN WAR WOES Our local paper is prone to this kind of quaint language. What the headline writer was trying to say was that someone had leaked a huge cache of secret […]
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I Really Don’t Understand the Allure of Gold or Jewels

Let’s imagine you’re marooned on a desert island, and one day a box washes up on shore. You open the box and inside you see a sparkling diamond (photo above, left). It’s your lucky day, right? Or is it? What would you do with that costly jewel? Sit and look at it? I bet that […]
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Why is Murdoch’s TV Station Destroying America?

I think about the way Fox News feeds lies to a credulous audience and I wonder what these people are up to. What would make a “news” channel offer itself to political hacks as a propaganda organ? Why do they deliberately re-ignite age-old fires and set Americans against each other? To get more viewers and […]
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Gutless Wonders Surround the President

Who are the people representing President Obama? Where did he find them? Why does he keep them around? Never before have I seen a group of people so gutless, so easily frightened by “white people,” so quick to throw their own under the bus to appease their enemies. Of course I’m talking about the firing […]
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Freedom’s Just Another Word – for What?

I just received a report that’s being circulated on the web and it got me thinking about that gray area between a police state and a lawless society. I think about things like that, you know. In between puttering in the garden and feeding the cats, birds, squirrels, possums and Maxi, our poodle. Anyway, I’m […]
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