Preachy, Endless and Dull

  I don’t know who won the best actor awards or what movie got the Best Picture Oscar. And I don’t care. By the time I gave up on last night’s Academy Awards and nodded off to sleep, I was cured of any Oscar fever I might have had. From start to finish, the event was […]
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See No Evil, Hear No Evil…

Joe the bug man is a staunch Republican. As far as I can tell, his political position is based on a single issue: He has worked for everything he ever got and he doesn’t see why the government should pay others to lay about and do nothing. You would think that given his strong views […]
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A Trashy Spectacle

  Last night’s Republican debate was a dispiriting display of vulgarity and venom. If you began the debate thinking Donald Trump was a guttersnipe, I’m sure you thought even worse of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio before it was over. Rubio (above, fleft), who has a shady record blotted by ethics abuses while in the […]
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Why Not Run for President?

Let’s say you were famous for something – performing surgical miracles, for example, and writing best sellers about your rags-to-riches life.  And now you’re retired, with nothing but time on your hands. Why not run for President? You would get even more famous. You would sell more books – a lot more. You would get […]
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Blood Money Rules

  You may be wondering why so many American politicians seem always eager to promote war. And I think a new report, by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, might provide the answer. The report suggests money – lots of money – may be driving their hawkishness. America’s military-industrial complex is making a killing by selling […]
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Darkness or Light?

If anyone has the resources – and the interest – to figure out what’s ahead for mankind, it’s probably Bill Gates (at right). And he suggests the world might not be doomed after all. But there’s a big “if.” The billionaire Microsoft founder thinks a clean energy breakthrough is imminent. And that “miracle” would not […]
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When Cash is Trash

  How much money did Jeb Bush waste running for president? I bet it’s more than a hundred million dollars. All that money gone up in smoke. Think of how many meals it could have bought for hungry children. But some good might come out of this disastrous profligacy. Americans learned a lesson – an expensive […]
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Subsidize Bolt Buyers

  I just read that GM is ready to market an all-electric car that’s so affordable ordinary Americans will be able to buy it. How affordable? They’re trying to keep the price as low as $30,000 (approximately the going rate for electric autos today). The new model is called the Bolt (photo above) and the story […]
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Paul Krugman’s Warning

Horrifying. That’s how Nobel prizewinning economist Paul Krugman sums up Bernie Sanders’ campaign promises. And when Paul Krugman (photo at right) says anything, I listen. I admire Bernie. I agree with his views. I support his goals. I yearn for that just and prosperous society he promises. But can he get there from here? Or […]
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Choosing a New Justice

Everybody is second-guessing President Obama about his choice for Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. And he hasn’t even hinted at what that choice will be. Will he send a “progressive” to the Senate for confirmation, knowing Mitch McConnell will be certain to bar the door? Or will he settle for a “moderate,” hoping the Republicans – enough […]
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