Conservatives Having a Field Day over Korea

You knew it would happen. With Kim Jong-Un throwing a tantrum, the conservative blogosphere is ablaze with we-told-you-so indictments of American “appeasers” past and present, who are being identified as the root cause of North Korea’s impudence. They want America to respond to the North Korean leader’s provocations by “finishing the job” that General MacArthur […]
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Living in the Bubble of American Exceptionalism

When historians look back on the American miracle, they will surely rank it among the most amazing civilizations ever. Never before has such a large country been governed in such a populist manner. Never before has a country achieved so much wealth for so many. Never before has one nation been so influential in the […]
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Kids Going Hungry in America? Shame on me!

I am ashamed of myself. Here I am, indolently sitting at my computer typing ineffectual blogs when I should be out in the streets throwing rocks at somebody. But I tell myself, I’m 79 years old. I have diabetes and a heart condition.Besides,  I don’t have any rocks, and I wouldn’t know who to throw […]
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Marriage and the Courts: What Don’t I Understand?

I am confused, and perhaps some of you smart people out there can help me out. Why are the US Supreme Court justices tying themselves in knots over those same-sex marriage cases? It all seems so simple to me that I have to be missing something. To me, marriage is a religious ceremony. The priest […]
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Charity Scams Make the Case for “Socialism”

The argument sounds reasonable enough: It’s my money and I’ll give it to the needy if I want, but the government has no right to take it from me and give it to them. After all, this is the land of the free, isn’t it? And then we learn what happens to so much of […]
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Today’s Billionaires are “Takers,” Not “Makers”

Listening to bartender Scott  Prouty (above, left) on MSNBC-TV last night, I was reminded of the debate triggered by Mitt Romney’s denunciation of 47 percent of the American people as moochers. It was Prouty’s secretly recorded video of the Romney speech to a roomful of wealthy donors (above, right) that turned the tide of the presidential election and helped […]
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Where the Right Get their “Facts”

With newspapers vanishing, Americans are increasingly dependent on the Internet for information. And this leaves democracy in danger. I have long favored some system to validate journalists in the way accountants are certified. I wouldn’t go so far as to bar the unqualified from “reporting.” However flawed, freedom of the press is essential to democratic government. But I […]
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Without Chavez, Jamaica Faces “Hard Times”

To Americans, Hugo Chavez (above) was a crazy revolutionary with ties to Iran and Cuba, but to the Caribbean islands, he was a godsend. Chavez used Venezuela’s oil revenue to support his ideological allies around the world, and this has been a boon to the Caribbean. He launched the Petro Caribe arrangement in 2005 and has reportedly financed […]
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“School Choice” is a Polite Term for Segregation

The “school choice” debate is heating up again, and the arguments in favor of giving parents government vouchers to send their kids to private schools grow more seductive every day. For one thing, the “private schools” are often run by religious groups, and a lot of Americans want their kids to be educated in a […]
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What Did I Tell You? Washington is Frozen

The untimely cold spell that swept through Florida in the past few days probably originated in Washington DC. I bet the temperature is at record lows there because Congress is frozen solid. Didn’t I tell you the government would be frozen? idn’t I say the Republican dominated House would “kotch” like a mule? Didn’t I […]
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