When Labels Mean Nothing

  Rahm Emmanuel (at right, above) is a Democrat. Bruce Rauner (at left) is a Republican. So they say, anyway. But their political philosophy looks the same to me. According to a Reuters story : The two have been close friends and even political allies, with Emanuel appointing Rauner as chairman of the city’s tourism […]
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What Do Dreadlocks Signify?

  Zendaya Coleman, an 18 year-old Disney Channel star, wore dreadlocks to the Oscar Awards (photo above) and drew the following remark on E! News Entertainment from fashion critic Giuliana Rancic (at left): (She) looked like she smelled of patchouli oil…or maybe weed. Ms. Coleman was understandably offended. She called the remark “a large stereotype” […]
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Bringing up Barack – and Rudy

Nobody commented on my recent blog about Rudy Giuliani’s verbal slap in the President’s face. But I still think it’s worth discussing. So here I go again. This is what the former New York mayor said: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe […]
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The Glaring Oscars Cop-out

  Come on now, do you really believe “Birdman” was the best and most significant cinematic event of the past year? You haven’t seen the film? I am not surprised. I haven’t and I don’t know anyone who has. Besides, the reviews don’t make it sound  all that great. Here’s what The Guardian newspaper critic […]
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Life Through a Gloomy Lens

We haven’t seen any of the movies involved but Sandra and I will be up late Sunday night along with the millions of other Oscar viewers around the world. I know, shame on me for not going to see “Selma.” But I am at a stage in life when I tend to avoid disturbing experiences, and I […]
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The American Saboteurs

In centuries gone by, President Obama would have challenged Rudy Giuliani to a duel. But today, slurs against the President’s character are so commonplace they probably just roll off his back. Here’s what the former New York mayor said recently: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but […]
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The Attraction of Pain

  I haven’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I don’t plan to read it. I will not go to see the movie or watch it on TV. Sadomasochism is a big yawn as far as I am concerned. But a lot of people seem attracted to pain -inflicting it or enduring it, or both. […]
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Shouldn’t Mercy Temper Justice?

In the news this morning: HOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. So, once again, the conservative minority in […]
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Should the Press be Free to Lie?

  Thomas Jefferson was a staunch defender of the “free press.” As I understand it, Jefferson, more than anyone, was responsible for protecting press freedom in America. I wonder what he would think if he were alive today. Consider this recent item from Media Reform: Many news agencies lie and distort facts, not many have […]
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A World of Science and Fiction

  It’s a science fiction world, that’s for sure. But who can tell the science from the fiction? On this day dedicated to the (fictional?) Saint of Love, the morning’s electronic mail includes a link from my brother Bill to a newspaper story about a hotel in Nagasaki that will be staffed by robots. A sidebar […]
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