Now We Know; Conservatives Have Weird Brains

I often suggest to my conservative friends that they should have their heads examined. And at last, someone has done just that – examined conservatives’ brains. And -surprise – it turns out their brains are, well, different. According to a report by Christopher R. Walker in today’s Salon.com: A  study to be published next year […]
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Yes, a Comedian is America’s Top Journalist

A funny thing has happened to American journalism in the past few decades. The profession has become so degraded that the best journalist in America today is a comedian. In an article lauding the Comedy Channel’s Jon Stewart (photo above) for his role in getting health care funds for responders to the World Trade Center […]
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How Do You Keep Technology Once You Develop It?

Pundit Fareed Zakaria (photo above), whom I respect a lot, lists massive investment in research as one way to kick-start a vigorous American recovery. He is not alone. Several smart people have proposed this kind of economic strategy – including President Obama. And if you’ve been reading my blogs, you know I have been one […]
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Sarah Palin Gets an Award She Deserves

I try not to mention Sarah Palin. She gets more than enough attention without my help. But this time she has done something worth mentioning: She has won the Misinformer of the Year award. You might have thought the folks at Media Matters would tap Glenn Beck for the title. He’s a champion when it […]
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If You Believe These Myths, I Have a Bridge to Sell You

It’s amazing how people believe stuff that has been proved wrong – over and over again. Take the conservatives’ prescription for a better U.S. economy, for example. Today on the web, Joshua Holland of AlterNet debunks nine pet theories that the Republican PR machine passed off as fact during the past election campaign. Number one, […]
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It May Not Pay to “Join ’em if You Can’t Lick ’em”

According to the Atlantic Monthly magazine’s February 1923 issue, a U.S. senator named James E. Watson was fond of the saying, “If you can’t lick ‘em, jine ‘em.” President Obama must have heard it from someone else; he wasn’t born until nearly half a century later. But he certainly seems to be adopting that strategy. […]
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Risk-Taking Polluters Make Cancer Commonplace

If you play golf, as I sometimes try to do, you will be familiar with the risk-reward concept. Golf courses are designed to reward risk takers – or to punish them.  Faced with the prospect of hitting your ball across a lake, for example, you might choose the safe path around it, sacrificing a shot […]
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These Five “Democrats” Make Me Sick to My Stomach

I think voters deserve a choice: political parties should reflect different goals and ideals.  But in today’s America, party labels mean nothing. You might assume, for example, that by voting for Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, you would be […]
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Is This Ugliness What Voters Really Wanted?

These things seem self-evident to me: – Mankind has a responsibility to protect and preserve the world God gave us, and to try and perfect the natural order with which the earth is endowed. Despoiling nature is a sin – plain and simple. And it should be a crime. – We are born free and […]
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Cheney Case Reveals How the World Works Today

Have you heard that Halliburton is offering the Nigerian government $250 million to settle bribery charges against the company – and its former boss Dick Cheney (photo above, left)? Here’s the background, as reported by Jason Leopold of Truthout: Cheney and other current and former Halliburton executives were charged with bribery and corruption in a […]
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