Paul and Cruz Make Christie Look Reasonable

To most Americans, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are foaming-at-the-mouth fanatics far beyond the sphere of reason. To the media they are precious audience builders. A lot of TV viewers tune in to gasp at their outrageous ideas. That’s probably why you’re hearing so much about this awful pair’s chances in the 2016 presidential race. […]
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In a Dog-Eat-Dog Society, We Must Show Our Teeth

As the corporate culture overwhelms the globe, humanity is increasingly sacrificed to the bottom line. It cannot be otherwise.That is what corporations do. That is what they are supposed to do: Make a profit for investors. There is no chapter on compassion in their playbook. The world is destined to degenerate into a jungle in […]
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Hate Sells but Beware the Backlash

Outrage has always been a big drawing card in the media racket. The English tabloids used to assign a special columnist to get people riled up by expressing outlandish views. For all I know, they still do. I haven’t read an English tabloid in decades. When I worked at the Toronto Star, half a century […]
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What Can We Do about Those Rotten Apples?

There’s an old saying, “one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.” And it’s true in more ways than one. It means that corruption spreads, of course. But corruption does more than than that; it discredits good programs and frustrates the efforts of those who persist in pursuing the dream of a better world. And it […]
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Too Big to Jail? It Sure Seems So!

Joe the bug man likes to debate political issues with Sandra and me. He is one of those folks who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and simply can’t understand why everybody else can’t do the same. So you can imagine that we don’t see the world through the same pair of eyeglasses. But Joe […]
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The “Free” Market Looks Like a Scam to Me

There was a time – it seems so long ago – when I bought stocks like a lot of other working stiffs. It was during the Clinton years, and the market was doing great. I didn’t have that much to invest, of course, but I got a huge thrill out of reading the stock market […]
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Think Your Cops are Crazy? How about This Guy?

Our little town is outraged by the misbehavior of its police force. Not because of racial profiling, which I would hope is less prevalent here than in some other Florida communities. Not because of cops taking bribes, which I sincerely doubt they do. What has the local citizens riled up is a series of sexual […]
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The Choice Facing Voters in 2014 and Beyond

Despite the confusing chatter you’re hearing about the Republican Party’s desire to become more inclusive, it is now clear that American voters will choose between two starkly different sets of values in 2014 and 2016. Controlled by Republicans, the House of Representatives provides a reliable picture of the party as it is today. And the […]
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Stop the Press! Kate’s Baby is Here (Almost)!

Today we set aside the common-sense concerns of day-to-day life and such looming dangers as worldwide economic chaos and  catastrophic climate change to hold our collective breath over the imminent birth of a child. No, it’s not the Second Coming, but it is a welcome distraction. A young Englishwoman is about to have a baby. […]
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When the Words Will Not Stay Inside

I wasn’t going to write a blog today. After all, it’s Saturday and the Open Championship is on TV. But there are words inside that will not be denied. I suspect that’s the way it was with President Obama yesterday. A lifetime of suppressed feelings, masked – as he says in one of his books […]
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