Requiem for the Heavyweights

  With the complete meltdown of the great Tiger Woods, the suggestion that one of the greatest quarterbacks in history had the football deflated so he could grip it better in rainy weather and other revelations rocking the world of professional sports, we fans could be forgiven for feeling disillusioned. The hype is unabated. The […]
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And the Winner Was…

How do you judge feminine beauty? Must a woman have flowing locks to be called beautiful? Must her figure conform to a set of preconceived measurements? Must her voice be well modulated, her manner graceful, her teeth perfect and her eyelashes long and sweeping? Do you have an image of the ideal woman in your mind? […]
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Legalizing the Wisdom Weed

I just read in Salon.com that Jamaica is about to legalize ganja. And I was puzzled. You mean to tell me it still isn’t legal? When I was a boy, I used to see the East Indian workers on the banana plantation (where my father was the overseer) puffing contentedly as they took a break from […]
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Lessons from Greece

Education is simply learning from the experience of others. So it’s not surprising that the Republican base includes so many uneducated voters. These people are like toddlers who have to learn for themselves that playing with fire can be painful. But surely the party’s leaders know better? Apparently not. They seem to have learned nothing […]
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Did Boehner Break the Law?

I have come to expect rudeness from Republican lawmakers. They routinely display bad manners. Representative Joe Wilson shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s health care speech six years ago is one memorable example. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s trademark bullying at town hall meetings is another. I could come up with dozens more, and I’m sure you […]
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Champions of the Poor?

  I’m puzzled by the Republicans’ new-found concern for America’s poor.  Surprisingly, that’s the common theme in the flurry of GOP responses to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Are we supposed to accept the latest iteration as the real Mitt Romney – the caring billionaire who would work to reduce America’s scandalous income […]
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You’ll Have to Choose, America!

President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night minced no words. Here is what I want, he told Congress. Work with me to figure out how to get it done or face my veto. For example, he promised to veto any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act or  his executive order shielding some undocumented immigrants […]
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What Did MLK Really Want?

  Nearly half a century has passed into history since the assassination of Martin Luther King. Today, America looks back on the life that was snuffed out – supposedly by a ne’er-do-well named James Earl Ray – and tries once more to make sense of the man and his mission. Google Dr. King and you […]
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Here They Go Again

  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the latest attempt by the new Congress to turn back the clock. But I can’t help feeling discouraged. “Pro-life” House members have introduced a bill that would ban abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy. The bill would exempt rape and incest victims – but only if they previously reported […]
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Social Security Under Attack

Ever since FDR introduced Social Security more than 80 years ago (photo above), Republicans have fought savagely to repeal it. Now, with a majority in the Senate as well as the House, they are finally poised to cause some serious damage to the program. The new chairman of the House Budget Committee, Georgia Republican Tom Price, revealed his party’s […]
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