So Where is My Academy Award?

I am waiting for someone to walk up the driveway this morning and present me with the Oscar I should have received last night. I deserve some kind of award. After all, I stayed up till the bitter end of the show. I must have been the only viewer left. Even Sandra, a bona fide […]
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You Got to Know When to Fold ‘em

I’m sure you’ve been told that nothing is impossible. And I’m sure you know that it’s nonsense. Some things cannot be done. Afghanistan comes to mind. “Nationbuilding” in Afghanistan in this century is not possible. To hang around in that treacherous wasteland only exposes America to continuing loss of life and a hemorrhage of cash. […]
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“Occupy” Movement Targets Food Supply

Long, long ago, when I was living in Haiti, the owner of the tiny weekly newspaper I worked for set off on a sailing trip and left me without access to the paper’s bank account. That left me to survive on the small change I took in for classified ads. Eventually, I got so short […]
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Rock the Boat at Your Peril, Americans

The ship of state is navigating in dangerous seas, tacking among submerged rocks and swamped by storm-tossed waves.  The captain’s skill is being put to the severest of tests. The challenge he faces demands his total concentration. This would be the worst possible time to fire the captain.  Especially when the replacement crew has a completely different destination in mind […]
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Nastiness Abounds in the Republican Debate

Last night’s Republican presidential debate was enlightening. But it was not because of anything the candidates proposed; they trotted out the same threadbare theories we’ve heard before. It was revealing because of the insights it provided into the candidates’ character. It was like peeking under a manhole cover and getting a whiff of the stuff […]
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He Knows Who God Wants You to Vote For?

I am amazed by the temerity of people like Franklin Graham (no relation, thank God!) who claim to know who God wants us to vote for. I not only read most of the Holy Bible during my long life (sorry, I couldn’t quite make it through Numbers and Deuteronomy) but I also listened over and […]
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Santorum Makes Third-Party Challenge Plausible

As I listen in disbelief to the ravings of Rick Santorum, I have to consider the possibility that a serious third-party presidenital challenge is possible this year.The former Pennsylvania senator sounds more and more like some kind of disturbed creep, the kind that overcompensates for a secret and troubling perversion perhaps. This weirdo is actually doing well […]
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Meet Mitt Romney’s Billionaire “Bully”

To look at Mitt Romney you might think he’s really rather harmless. He wears clean clothes, keeps his hair neatly combed and has that reassuring touch of gray at the temples. Central Casting might choose him as a kindly surgeon in a TV soap opera. He doesn’t look like someone who could get really mean. […]
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Santorum Backer: Try Aspirin for Birth Control

  It’s an old, old joke, one I hadn’t expected to hear again in my lifetime, and it is deeply revealing. It goes something like this: The best way to practice birth control is to use an aspirin. The girl puts the aspirin between her knees and holds it there by squeezing her legs together. It wasn’t […]
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Who Says Chinese Men Can’t Jump?

You would think that in a country of more than 300 million people – from every ethnic background in the world – racial stereotypes would’ve vanished by now. But not in America. Apparently, everyone is amazed by the fact that a Chinese athlete is among the nation’s best in basketball. It’s true that we don’t see […]
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