Now I’m Really Flummoxed!

If anyone still reads my blogs, could he or she tell me what’s going on? I read on the web that it was South Korea that fired first in the confrontation with North Korea. And if that’s true, the world has gone totally mad. I’m sure you know the South Korean “military exercises” are actually […]
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What are NATO Troops Doing in Afghanistan?

I was watching Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker  (photo above, left) on TV last night (yes, I know Keith Olbermann was on MSNBC at the same time but the new CNN show is winning me over), and I was surprised when the former New York governor expressed shock and awe over the news that nobody […]
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North Korea’s Attacks Could Strike Close to Home

So the North Koreans have killed a couple more South Koreans in an attack on the island of Yeonpyeong, and South Korea is shooting back (photo above).  So you got up this morning and went about your business as usual. It’s all happening so far away. And it’s happening to Koreans. You probably don’t even […]
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A Sobering Look at Alan Simpson’s “Blood Bath”

Former Senator Alan Simpson, co-chair of the president’s committee on deficit reduction, is rubbing his hands in gleeful anticipation of  the “blood bath” he foresees in April, when the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is asked to approve the traditional yearly increase in America’s national debt limit. It’s inconceivable, of course, that […]
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Not Just “Me First” but “Me Only!”

The Republican Party has become the Party of Me. No, I don’t mean that it’s my party (Heaven forbid!); I mean that it serves the interests of those who have it made and vigorously fights against those who would try to share in America’s benefits. It used to be a joke to say, “God bless […]
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Handout for Wealthy; No Compassion for Jobless?

It looks as if the U.S. Congress will let the wealthiest Americans keep their Bush tax cut but won’t extend unemployment benefits to struggling families this Christmas. I wish I could say this is entirely the work of heartless Republicans, but the strange truth is that some Democrats are also to blame. Here’s how the […]
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GM Rescue Shows How Dumb Obama’s Critics Can Be

Now that GM is back in the black and its shares are selling briskly, someone should remind President Obama’s critics of the silly things they said when he bailed out the faltering auto maker a year or so ago. “Socialist!” was the cry. And the government aid package was misrepresented as a ploy to take […]
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What Happened to American Intellectualism?

There was a time when American universities were leaders in innovative thought, when America was a beacon of enlightenment in an unenlightened world.  I don’t think you would say this is true today. For one thing, the protection of dissent, which used to be so sacred to American intellectuals, is all but abandoned. I’ve been […]
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U.S. is Awash in Money – and Going Bankrupt

The experts paint an alarming picture of America’s financial situation. Unless “hard choices” are made, they tell us, the country’s economic system will collapse. The dollar will be worthless, and U.S. bonds will have no takers. The deficit must be curbed, the national debt tamed – or else! And looking at the figures, I can […]
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Why the Codgers Turned on Obama

As a codger myself, I think I know why “seniors” voted so overwhelmingly against the Democrats in the recent U.S. midterm elections. The Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress seemed to go out of their way to antagonize older Americans. I’m sure it was inadvertent, but the old folks felt threatened and struck back […]
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