Be Shocked! Be Entertained!

  Watching the news these days is a scary way for me to pass the time. Especially those all-news cable channels. Desperate for viewers, they are resorting to the kind of sensationalism that could bring on a stroke or a heart attack. The new CNN is a glaring example of this brand of “journalism.” Ever since Jeff […]
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Class Warfare? Yes!

  So you say you don’t believe in class warfare. Give Mr. Moneybags a break, you tell me. He worked hard for his millions – make that billions – and deserves to keep his hard-earned loot. After all, you, too, could get lucky, and when your ship comes in, you don’t want Uncle Sam dipping […]
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Hope, Change and Rage

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. As you can tell from the famous quotation above, Nicolo Machiavelli had it figured out back in the 15th century so Barack Obama must […]
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Evil in the Shadows

  You will have to forgive me for going on and on about the white supremacist terror threat. I suppose it’s not as appealing a topic as – say – female beauty. When I write about Serena Williams’ physical appearance, I get a flurry of comments; when I write about racism, I only hear from one […]
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Using “the N Word”

  I didn’t grow up in America and I cannot claim to fully appreciate the horror of that N word the President used recently in a TV interview. But in Jamaica, where I grew up, it’s certainly not acceptable. It’s ugly and insulting anywhere. Still, the President’s critics should take into consideration the context in which he used the word. […]
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Nightmare in Charleston

  No, it was no accident, Rick Perry. And you folks at Fox must know by now that Dylann Roof was not motivated by hatred of religion when he massacred those nine worshippers in Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. There’s no getting around it: This heinous act was driven by racism. Investigators have […]
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A Zillion Shades of Grey

  I suppose the success of books like “Fifty Shades of Grey” reveals that we are all. to some extent, masochists. But, to me,  the most convincing evidence is the popularity of golf. Millions play the “game” all over the world and many more millions watch it in person or on TV. Yet it can […]
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Pope Francis vs. the Republicans

  It’s refreshing to have a Pope who actually does God’s work. So many pontiffs in the past have been politicians rather than priests. So many members of the clergy – of all denominations – have supported the Establishment and preservation of the status quo at the expense of God’s word. In his latest encyclical, Pope […]
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We Know What Jeb Stands for

I don’t think Jeb Bush surprised anyone with that speech announcing his presidential candidacy. America should know by now what Jeb Bush represents. It’s not just that his father and brother occupied the White House. You might think Jeb is his own man and would pursue less disastrous policies than they did. But we in Florida know […]
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Why Hillary Gets My Vote

The media are all over Hillary Clinton’s first major campaign speech, as if there’s something there that will tell us what kind of President she would be. But speeches are just speeches. Hillary is Hillary (top photo). If Americans don’t know what she stands for by now, Americans are dumber than I thought. Nobody in […]
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