“The Donald” is a Perfect Fit for the Romney Carnival

How do you sell snake oil? How do you take a sucker’s money with shell games and card tricks? How do you get the hicks to try their hand at games of chance they can never win? You stage a carnival, of course. It’s an American tradition based on the belief that “a sucker is born […]
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Why Isn’t the Government Smarter than a 6th Grader?

A YouTube video of a 12-year-old Canadian girl’s address to a bunch of bankers has gone viral, attracting more than a million views. And listening to what she says makes me wonder if we adults get dumber as we grow older. What Victoria Grant (photo above) has to say seems to me so logical, so […]
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Exploding the Mitt Myth, with Apologies to Ted Turner

I caught the end of Piers Morgan’s interview with Ted Turner on CNN last night, and I was amazed to hear the broadcast icon praising Mitt Romney. Ted Turner is among my heroes. Anyone who could marry Jane Fonda – and stay married for that long – has to be a hero. I think Jane […]
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Saving Free Enterprise in the World – and America

Free Enterprise must be a Good Thing.  A very Good Thing. So good that it is worth dying for. So good that it is worth sending young men and women to far-off lands to get blown to bits for. We remember them today, the dead and the maimed, the bereaved and the dispossessed. Dignitaries will […]
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Watching the Termites Destroy Our Space Ship

Think of Earth as a space ship, and think of its people as space travelers. Here we are, supplied by a merciful Creator with the basics we need for our trip. Now, ask yourself, “Who would destroy the ship we’re traveling in and contaminate the necessities of life on it?” The answer? We would. Especially […]
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I Guess I’m Not an American in My Heart, Either

A Colorado congressman insisted recently that President Obama is not “an American.” No, he wasn’t revisiting that tired old nonsense about the president being born in Kenya. He meant something quite different. He explained that Barack Obama is not an American “in his heart.” The congressman, a Republican named Mike Coffman, is desperately backpedaling now, repeating that he “misspoke” […]
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Quebec Doesn’t Seem Like Part of Canada

I haven’t lived in Canada in 33 years, and I keep thinking of it as a bastion of justice and egalitarianism, where civil rights are sacrosanct, prejudice is a thing of the past and violence is abhorred. I keep forgetting  about Quebec. I forget that when my brother Bill was in the Canadian Black Watch […]
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Would U.S. Voters Let Wall Street Fool Them Again?

Even someone as unfamiliar with the workings of Wall Street as I am could smell a rat when then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson came running to Congress yelling that the sky was falling and unless American taxpayers gave the big banks hundreds of billions of dollars the global financial system would collapse.  Paulson provided no details to […]
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Here’s What I Find Nauseating, Cory

Cory Booker’s betrayal of the president illustrates the fatal flaw in America’s two-party political system: You have to be a Republican to represent the Republican Party but you don’t really have to be a Democrat to represent the Democratic Party. Booker (photo above), who was elected as a Democrat, is a self-serving politician whose main interest […]
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Not Again! Another Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms

  I’m sure you remember the horrors inflicted on America last August by Tea Party members of Congress who held the nation’s debt ceiling hostage in an attempt to slash government spending. The government came within a hair of closing down. Government issued checks (such as Social Security) were in danger of being held back. When […]
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