Duck Dynasty’s America

The choice of speakers for the Republican Party’s Leadership Conference provides a frightening insight into the kind of America they offer. It certainly is not my America, and I don’t think it’s your America. It’s Phil Robertson’s America. Robertson was among the keynote speakers at the event. You know, the guy with the flowing beard […]
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The War on Junk Food

I was a sugar junkie as a child so I can sympathize with the millions of American kids who are addicted to sweets. And with the beleaguered First Lady, who must be stunned by the ferocious response to her well intended efforts to make school lunches less toxic. Sugar is a drug that can be as addictive as crack […]
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Maya Angelou’s Magic

  What was it about Maya Angelou that made her magical? She had an engaging literary style to be sure, and she was prodigiously productive. But there was so much more.  For one thing, there’s an originality that takes the reader by surprise. Who else would think to compare the resilience of the human spirit […]
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“Reform” Conservatives

  When you think about it, “reform conservatives” has to be an oxymoron.  Reform implies change, doesn’t it? And isn’t change what conservatives want to protect us against? But there is such a movement, and – as you might suspect –  it’s really ugly. America’s “reform conservatives” have released their manifesto, and here’s how writer Matt Bruenig sums it […]
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A Day for Memories

As a child, I was told how “seven Graham boys” fought in the First World War. I didn’t learn their names but I know my father, George (photo at right), was one, and his younger brother, Arthur was another. I suppose the others were their cousins, John, Frank, Willie and Tom, and possibly their elder brother […]
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What’s up with Monica?

Monica Lewinsky is back in the news – big time. She has not only authored a tell-all Vanity Fair article but she showed up at a star-studded art gala and posed for press pictures. Why? I don’t give much credence to Lynne Cheney’s theory that Hillary Clinton is behind the Lewinski resurgence, that it’s intended to preclude the […]
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“Hispanic” isn’t a Skin Color

The pundits are puzzled. Why have millions of Hispanics changed their racial designation on their Census forms in the past decade? Ten years ago, they listed themselves as “Hispanic and other.” Now, they’re “Hispanic and white.” Does it mean they’re being absorbed by the Caucasian crowd? And does that imply they’re becoming (horrors!) Republican? Of […]
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Looking for Life in Space

  I watched a program the other night that left me wondering about the sanity of the television producers who concocted it. I think it was on the History Channel and it laid out in the most matter-of-fact tone the “evidence” that terrestrial  beings have been visiting earth for centuries. According to this program, alien […]
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Are Midterms a Big Yawn?

    On MSNBC-TV, yesterday was Super Tuesday. Chris Hayes was so excited  last night I could hardly understand what he was saying. And Rachel was so hyper she even clapped her hands. Chris Matthews, well, Chris Matthews was so irritating that I turned off the TV and went to sleep. Meanwhile, over on CNN, […]
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