Facing the Nightmare

  As the world’s leaders gather in Paris this week to belatedly address the urgent threat of climate change, China and India are blanketed in smog so thick that it has been declared a health hazard. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among 151 heads of state trying to find […]
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Slaughter of the Innocents

  While the world cowers in fear and western civilization mobilizes to destroy ISIS, another kind of terror continues unabated in America, becoming almost commonplace. Of course I’m talking about mass shootings. Another of those senseless tragedies occurred yesterday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. This time the toll was relatively modest –  three […]
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What Do You Believe?

Sheriff Mike Jolley of Harris County, Georgia (photo at right) is in the news today because he paid out of his own pocket to erect a big sign advising newcomers to his domain: WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops […]
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It’s a Kind World After All

  It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and many Americans might be thinking they have little to be thankful for. Gratitude is not cool. Rage is cool. Resentment is cool. Selfishness and greed are cool. Cynicism is cool. But I refuse to be cool. I will continue to  be thankful for my blessings. So that makes […]
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With Friends Like These…

  Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber is prompting internet chatter about World War III. Turkey is a US ally, and the incident is sure to cause another confrontation with Russia. America will undoubtedly feel obliged to take the side of its “friends” in Turkey but I hope the issue can be resolved peacefully. It […]
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Turn Down the Volume

  Viewing the TV news these days, you might feel as if you’re watching “Scary Movie III.” Belgium declares a state of emergency at the highest level and pleads with the public not to tweet about any police moves they observe… France is still in a state of emergency as anti-terrorist raids continue… In Mali, […]
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When Polls Go Bad

The polls have ruled in America for decades, but they seem to have lost their magic. Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s big win in the Kentucky governor’s race is the most recent example of a new trend. The polls – not one but all – had predicted a comfortable victory by Bevin’s opponent, Democrat Jack Conway […]
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Sins of Our Fathers

  I confess: I had no idea where Mali is. I had to look it up when I read about the latest terrorist atrocity this morning. According to the news report, gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital, where UN forces were holding a function. At least three people died and about […]
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Yes, Take Trump Seriously

  I know I said Donald Trump has no chance of becoming the next American President, and I still think he’s a long-shot. But the winds of chance are drifting his way, and I have to take him seriously. Yes, he plays the fool. Yes, he is a troll who says provocative – often outrageous […]
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Home, Sweet Home

As I scrolled through the news this morning, waiting for something to trigger a response that might end up as a blog, I felt trapped in a time warp with everything that needed saying already said. The aftermath of the horror in Paris continued to unfold with a young woman blowing herself up and a […]
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