It’s a Mad, Mad World

  Is everybody going crazy in this nutty world of ours? As I scan this morning’s news, I am struck by the bizarre quality of many of the events being reported. Perhaps most mind boggling is the revelation that Congressman Robert Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, swiped the Pope’s half-empty drinking glass, obviously believing it contained some […]
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True Grit Matters

   If you ever doubted that golf is a mataphor for life, your doubts must surely have been disspelled as you watched the FedEx Cup playoffs. The talent on display was awesome. But it wasn’t talent that determined the outcome, it was grit. I know, you are going to tell me how talented Jordan Spieth […]
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A Sick Supreme Court

  The United States system of government sits on three pillars – Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court. I’m sure you know how rotten Congress has become, and you either love or hate the President, but how do you feel about the Supreme Court? Conservatives are calling for the court’s reform. They were shocked […]
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The Center Cannot Hold

   Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. The […]
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A Jew’s View of the Pope

  Bernie Sanders is not a Catholic. He is a Jew. But he is an enthusiastic supporter of the Pope. That tells me, as much as anything else, how much this new Pope means to mankind. The Vermont senator, who is a candidate for the presidency, praised the Pope in an email I received this morning. He […]
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The Golden Rule

  The most thunderous ovation during the Pope’s speech to Congress today came when he reminded America of the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When did you first hear that? In Sunday School? In kindergarten? At your mother’s knee? Yet we needed the Pope’s reminder.  Indeed, […]
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The Pope’s Miracle

  I’m sure you’ve heard Christ’s miracles rationalized. The miracle of the loaves and fishes, for example. You will hear that it was the spirit of sharing inspired by Jesus that resulted in the feeding of the multitude, not some magical expansion of those five loaves and two small fishes. And, surely, you have heard that […]
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What’s “Religion,” Anyway?

  Here we go again. Was Ben Carson a bigot to say he would not want a Muslim President? Muslim-Americans are calling on him to drop out of the 2016 presidential race, and I can understand how they feel. But this is just another round in an age-old debate. I am old enough to remember […]
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The Fear/Hate Merchants

  TV pundits and opposing politicians are “outraged” over Donald Trump’s “failure” to correct a questioner who called President Obama a Muslim foreigner and said Islamic terrorists are building training camps in America. What the questioner wanted to know was how Trump would rid America of the Islamic training camps. Trump said he’d heard about such […]
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Carly Fiorina’s Vile Smear

I disliked Carly Fiorina even before CNN’s Republican primary debate. The woman is a fraud. She presents herself as a humble secretary who rose through the corporate ranks to become the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And she insists that her “success” in the business world qualifies her to run the world’s number-one democracy. […]
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