Mitt’s Stupid (and Ironic) Dig at the President

I wouldn’t mention the current crop of losers who hope to run against President Obama next year if something one of them said didn’t tickle my funny bone so much that I just have to share it. Here is the Huffington Post report, verbatim, so you don’t think I’m making it up: WASHINGTON — Former […]
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Thinking of Those Who Go “Slogging Through Hell”

On this Memorial Day here in the United States, I sit in my quiet den and ponder the savagery of war. Images of battle-ready kids march through my mind, some to their deaths, others to a future without one or more of their limbs, or blind, maimed, mutilated… They’re marching in Afghanistan and – still […]
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The Grand Plan is Simple – and Very, Very Profitable

Watching a panel of financial experts on television last night, I had one of those flashes I get occasionally, when the veil is lifted and I see what’s really going on. And, no, I wasn’t stoned. The names of the panelists don’t matter. They could’ve been any of the bigwigs that run or monitor the […]
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When They Insist That Your Eyes Are Deceiving You

When we lived in Bull Savannah, Renel, the yard boy, (do they still have yard boys in Jamaica?) used to play his guitar in the twilight and sing for us children. One of his favorites went something like this: One Saturday night when I come home, drunk as drunk can be, I saw a horse […]
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Why Farm Subsidies May be on the Chopping Block

  The way I see it, nothing is more important than food. So I can understand why President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced government subsidies to farmers back in the 1930s. Like so many government policies that are around today, it was supposed to be a temporary measure. The objective was to bail out American farm […]
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It’s True. We’re all Socialists Nowadays

An H.G. Wells character said it more than a century ago: “We’re all Socialists nowadays.” And he was right. Even back then, the vast majority of people in the civilized world believed in Socialism to some degree. And they still do. Yes, even Americans who recoil in horror at the label. To support my claim, […]
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The Tricky Business of Searching for Mideast Peace

I am sure you would agree that peace is a “good thing.” Not always, of course. When British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany in 1938 and proclaimed that he had ensured “peace for our time,” it turned out to be catastrophic. The price of that “peace” was Hitler’s rampage through Europe, the slaughter […]
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Why Poor States Will Get Poorer by Scrimping

Here in Florida, with Republican governor Rick Scott and a heavily Republican legislature, the conservative theory of belt tightening as a remedy to recession is being showcased. Florida is not the only state delivered to the Republican hatchet wielders by the 2010 elections; so the parsimonious policies unleashed here are being repeated across America. But […]
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Put it all Together and You Get a Really Scary Picture

The media give us the “news” in unrelated smidgins like the blind men in the fable reporting their separate encounters with the elephant. And the bits and pieces are scary enough. But if you stand back, waaaay back, and try to see the picture as a whole, the best that we can hope for is […]
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What Makes Rupert Murdoch so Horrible?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Rupert Murdoch. He’s the guy who owns Fox News. He also owns the New York Post, the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal and dozens of other print and TV outlets around the world. Of course he’s a billionaire. A multi-billionaire. Here’s what puzzles me about the Australian-born media […]
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