Saving the Earth

  Of course there are numerous issues – vital issues – in next year’s US elections. The way some Americans are living high on the hog – undeservedly – while others struggle in vain to feed their families is among the most glaring.  And there’s the horror of Islamic extremism; Americans cannot afford to let […]
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Show Them the Money

The FIFA scandal is just one more affirmation that it’s a pay-to-play world. It’s regrettable, of course, but it seems that’s how most folks like it. They don’t want justice; they want an edge. The pundits can wring their hands and cry shame all they want but it seems the great majority of ordinary folks […]
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The Elusive Truth

The truth is elusive. Facts are not. And while assigning blame for the horrors in the Middle East is tricky, finding the facts is simply a matter of research. So it’s not difficult to set Jeb Bush straight about the origins of  the movement now known as ISIS. The Republican candidate for US President stated […]
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Really Sick Reality TV

  I never heard of the Duggar family until one of the 19 kids confessed to fondling some of the others, setting off a torrent of apologia from pundits like Mike Huckabee. I vaguely recall seeing “19 Kids & Counting” in the titles as I browsed through the Direct TV channel guide. But I had no interest […]
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Why Aren’t You Running?

  If you were born in the USA – and even if you were born abroad with American parents – you can run for President. And why not? This is a free country. You’re free to make a fool of yourself. And, as they say in Jamaica, one fool makes many. You might get others […]
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The Terrors of Texas

  I’ve never lived in Texas but from what I’ve read and heard, it’s a weird place. Where else in the civilized world, in the year 2015, would there be a bloody shootout between rival biker gangs? In broad daylight? Right out in the open for all the world to witness? I used to visit […]
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Living in a Bubble

I stand in the garden, propping myself up with the cane Sandra bought me, looking up at the China-blue sky screened by the lacy leaves of centuries-old oak trees, contemplating the statue of the Virgin Mary that my mother wrapped in a “crocus bag” and placed in the back seat of my car shortly before […]
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A Callous Congress

  I wonder whether the voters who put rhose callous politicians in control of Congress feel shame and guilt in the aftermath of Tuesday’s horrendous Amtrak tragedy. I believe they should. For, surely, those voters are indirectly guilty of causing the eight deaths (so far) and dozens of injuries resulting from the crash. As guilty as if […]
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Raising a Red Flag

  First Lady Michelle Obama has set social media buzzing and drawn fire from the Glenn Beck faction for telling students at Tuskagee University about the racist insults she has endured during her time in the White House. But she simply told the truth. In her commencement address, the First Lady said that while Americans have made obvious […]
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Scott’s Forked Tongue

I didn’t vote for Rick Scott. I don’t see how anyone could. But the majority of Florida’s voters don’t see things my way. They re-elected the man as our governor. Now, they’re getting what they deserve. Lousy government. Even Republican allies are at odds with this sorry excuse for a governor. The Legislature, which has large GOP majorities […]
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