Why Didn’t I Find the Correspondents’ Dinner Funny?

  I know: I am getting old. I have become a curmudgeon. I’m what the kids in Pasco County used to call a “Wrinklebeast.” No sense of humor. Aargh! But I have to confess that I was not amused by the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night. Embarrased, yes. Shocked, yes. Horrified, yes. Amused? […]
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“Little People” Strike Back at the Koch Brothers

My brother Bill forwarded an email to me that indicates a groundswell of resentment may be building against the mighty Koch Brothers. Here’s an excerpt from the message: In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the company KOCH which manufactures paper products, is paying Zimmerman’s legal fees because they feel he had legal right […]
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The Ryan Budget is Not Just Wicked; It’s Dumb, too

According to a Jamaican proverb, “rock stone a river bottom no know say sun hot.” And that’s one reason the Republican leadership is so ready to slash America’s social safety net to pieces and hand more tax breaks to the very rich. They are among the super rich themselves and have never experienced financial hardship.  Another reason […]
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A Romney Presidency Could be Catastrophic

This is not your grandfather’s world. It is drastically different, and one of the things that have changed is the concept of independent national economies. Mitt Romney must know this. But he panders to deluded Americans who believe they would prosper in a “free-market” national economy. Some people prosper in the global market. Some don’t. Apple is […]
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The “Walking Woman” Across the Road is Gone

She used to walk and walk and walk. When Sandra and I moved here 13 years ago, she was quite spry. And very imaginative. Some days she would dress like a cowgirl and wear one of her flamboyant wigs. On other days, she would be a different character, always something quite romantic and glamorous. Cars would […]
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Romney’s Voters are White, Male and Over 50. Why?

Why do white American men over the age of 50 support Mitt Romney? That’s what a recent poll indicates. According to the poll, President Obama is ahead in every other demographic group, and the president is especially strong among young women. I’m sure you don’t have to ask why. But what do old, white men have to […]
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The Tiresome Myth of Rubio’s “Latino” Appeal

If the Republicans think they will get “the Latino vote” by choosing Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney’s running mate, they are sadly mistaken. First, there is not really a “Latino vote.” Second, Rubio is not the kind of “Latino” who would make much of a difference in the presidential election. Rubio is a Cuban. A Miami Cuban. […]
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They’re Just Going Through the Motions Until August

This is a period of “dead air” in American politics. Nothing anyone says matters. Everything is just sound and fury signifying nothing. The “issues” you are being asked to care about are by and large distractions. For example, when an Obama aide says Ann Romney never worked a day in her life and the Romney camp responds […]
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Why is it Taking so Long to Arrest Trayvon’s Killer?

The protests are continuing, escalating, spreading… The debate goes on and on and on… Meanwhile the man who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager remains free. Authorities say they are taking their time. They say they don’t want to act in haste. They say they want to “investigate.” I say what in hell is […]
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The Republican Primary Farce is Over

OK, so I was wrong. I know it’s hard to believe but I am not always right. Rick Santorum is not going to be the Republican presidential nomineee. Not this time, not in 2016, not ever. The Republican “establishment” is more powerful than I imagined, and they simply aren’t going to run some foaming-at-the-mouth radical […]
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