As the US Becomes a Third World Country…

When you see those TV images of rioters in Greece railing futilely against an oppressive austerity program inflicted by the international financial community… When you hear about child labor and factory accidents at those Apple plants in China… When you see foreclosure signs popping up in your neighborhood like mushrooms after a spring shower… Do […]
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Arms Sales Drive Global Bloodshed

As I watch the carnage on TV, women and children writhing in death as bombs rain down on their homes, I wonder why. The answers don’t come easily. This time it’s Syria that’s in tumult, and it looks like the most horrific conflict yet. The quick response is to ask why the world is standing by […]
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The Catholic Bishops’ Sacrilegious Hoax

My mother died a devout Catholic. My father’s sister, my Aunt Bell, was devoted to Mother Church. I have many loved ones who are comforted and succored by the Church of Rome. I have personally seen the good works – the schools, orphanages, hospitals – that Catholics provide for the poor. In some ways, I […]
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The Real Republican Party is on Display

  In a few months, the Republican nominee for president will emerge on the campaign trail, and you can bet he will sound nothing like the candidates we’re hearing from today. We might recognize his name but the words that come out of his mouth will be different. That’s my guess, anyway. I can’t believe any American […]
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Birth Control Fuss Shows Church’s Hypocrisy

  We’re hearing a lot about the First Amendment rights of religious groups in America. An innocuous regulation in the new health care reform legislation is prompting the most unctuous fulminations from Catholic politicians like John Boehner and Rick Santorum – and even Mormon Mitt Romney. They are outraged – outraged – by President Obama’s […]
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Economy is Healing so Here Come the Bigots

With good news on the economic front, you had to know the Republicans would activate Plan B – for bigotry. So, ladies and gentlemen, we give you the quintessential bigot, former senator Rick Santorum. I am sure I don’t have to tell you this far-right crusader is the GOP flavor of the month – or at […]
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Sorry Karl, Facts are Facts. No Need for Spin

It must be difficult for Karl Rove to recognize a fact when he hears it. Republican gurus like Rove deal in spin so when they hear a simple factual statement they think it’s spin. And that’s how Rove (shown above, left, complaining to Fox viewers) and the other “offended” conservatives saw Clint Eastwood’s powerful Superbowl […]
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The Iran “Threat” Looks Like a Bluff to Me

So Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. And that is setting off alarm bells from Jerusalem to Washington DC. But, somehow, I don’t feel any goosebumps. I don’t have a list of all the countries with nuclear bombs but I bet it’s a pretty long one. Israel has several, I’m sure. And there […]
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Poor Women Must Risk Cancer Because of Politics

Unless you’ve been a recluse for the past two or three decades, you have probably participated in some kind of fund raiser for the Susan G. Komen foundation. Or at least  tacked one of those pink ribbons somewhere on your person to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. It’s one of the most […]
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Crazy Talk Makes the World More Dangerous

I have always been an advocate of free speech. I can honestly say (with Voltaire) that even when I disagree with what you say I will defend your right to say it. Not “to the death,” of course. That would be crazy. As crazy as some of the things people are saying. There is so […]
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