The U.S. Supreme Court is a Hotbed of Politics

I was not surprised to hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (photo above, left) compare the individual mandate in the health care reform law to forcing Americans to buy broccoli. Disgusted yes, but surprised no. And I was not shocked to find out he did not know the so-called Cornhusker Kickback was no longer included in […]
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How the Koch Brothers Pursue Their Sinister Ends

  Charles and David Koch (left to right, above) are rich, powerful men who are using their money and power to change America. They seem to represent some dark spirit, some evil force intent on reversing centuries of civilization and reinstating the law of the jungle.  While they are often described as Libertarian, they seem determined […]
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Perhaps the Justices Will Do America a Favor

I wasn’t behind the closed doors when President Obama made a deal with the health care industry but I think I can guess what happened. Being the reasonable man that he is he probably agreed not to go for a single-payer system if the industry would help work out an arrangement providing affordable health insurance for […]
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Candidates’ Comments Reflect American Sickness

  The current crop of Republican presidential candidates has attracted a grotesque following. And instead of renouncing the ugliness, the candidates continue to play to it.  I’m sure you know what I mean. As the Republican standard bearer, John McCain had the decency to set a dizzy old woman straight when she suggested Barack Obama was an Arab […]
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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

I will be 78 years old tomorrow. Seventy eight years of joy and laughter, disappointment and despair. That’s a long time. When I was born there was no penicillin,  no radar, no birth control pills, no television, no jet planes, no atom bombs, no desk top computers… The list goes on and on. Looked at one way, […]
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No Time for Politics When Women are Battered

It might seem incredible that women are being battered by the men they love – or used to love – in a country like America in an age like this. But it happens every day, or every night, all over the country. And combating this horror can be a tricky business. Expensive, too. As a […]
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You Thought the Fight for Women’s Rights Was Over?

  You might expect a battle for women’s rights to take place in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia, or some other faraway land.  But certainly not in America. After all, a century or more has come and gone since Suffragettes chained themselves to the railings in Congress and won the right to vote (photo above). It’s been […]
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Beware the Rise of a False Prophet

I am convinced that Rick Santorum is going to win the Republican nomination. And I am not saying this just because he came first last night in Alabama and Mississippi. He’s on a roll. He will probably win again in Louisiana, where all those transplanted Nova Scotians share his Roman Catholic faith. And he already showed […]
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Pay No Attention to Those Pesky Polls

Sandra was worried. President Obama’s popularity seemed to be taking a nosedive. So on this balmy Florida day, with the sun in the sky and the birds in the trees, her brow was furrowed. Those pesky polls! They’ve ruined my wife’s day. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll gave the president a 46 percent approval score, […]
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Call the Troops Home; It’s Way Past Quitting Time

There is scant comfort in saying “I told you so” when I learn about another disaster in Afghanistan, but if you’ve been reading my blogs you know how many times I’ve argued that it’s past time for American troops to get the hell out of that God-forsaken country. The horror of a deranged American soldier going […]
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