The Rainbow’s Message

  As Arnie’s ashes were being spread at the Pennsylvania golf course where he grew up, a rainbow appeared in the sky (above). To me, it was a promise from the Heavens, an assurance that decency will triumph over villainy after all. For Arnold Palmer was not just a great golfer. He was also a decent […]
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What We Don’t Know

  I don’t think the millions who watched Monday night’s presidential debate learned much that they didn’t already know. Everyone knew going in that Donald Trump is a rude, ignorant oaf. Everyone already knew, too, that Hillary Clinton is a rock-steady, whip-smart public servant with encyclopedic knowledge. What we may not have known – and did […]
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Musings on the Great Debate

  Let’s get the who-won-who-lost nonsense out of the way first. Smilin’ Hillary won. Snifflin’ Trump lost. And Hillary’s adroit, energetic – even powerful – performance must surely have laid to rest all those whispers about her health. But Trump scored a point or two before he crumbled in a heap of pouting petulance. How he scored those […]
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A Really, Really Big Show!

  I suppose it was inevitable that the medium would – as Marshall McLuhan observed a long time ago – become the message. And that is just what has happened to American democracy. It has become a carnival… a traveling road show… a latter-day chiaroscuro. There is no message to be found in this presidential campaign, just […]
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Now, Hillary’s Eye is “Crazy”?

  What will they think of next? The vast right-wing noise machine has come up with a new scandal. It involves Hillary’s eye. The left one. Apparently it’s “crazy,” and that’s a likely symptom of a grave medical condition, don’t you know? I learned of this new theory thanks to my nephew Chris, who sent me a link […]
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For Starters, Release the Video

  There are no easy solutions to America’s racial hostility. The problem is too complex, too stubborn. But something has to be done. And the sooner we get started the better. It is simply intolerable for law officers to gun down unarmed black men with little or no justification. This is a national emergency. There are some […]
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I Would Not Debate Trump

If I were in Hillary’s place I would refuse to debate Donald Trump. He is not a serious candidate for President and he will probably make her look ridiculous – or worse. After all, if a pig challenged me to a mud wrestling contest, would I accept? Of course not! There’s no way I could emerge […]
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A Question of Race

One of the principal driving forces behind the Trump phenomenon has been exposed for what it is – the fear that some ethnically European Americans have of losing their privileged place in society. This is not just an American phenomenon; it is occurring throughout the western world. In the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, western nations colonized […]
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The Art of the Lie

  There’s an old Jamaican joke that goes like this: A couple asked their son what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said he wanted to be a professional liar. So the couple sought out a legendary liar and apprenticed their son to him.  As the liar and his apprentice were […]
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Not Another Shutdown!

  It barely makes the news these days when the Republicans threaten to shut down the US Government. For reasons that escape me, the crazies in Congress think they can get their own way by cutting off all government spending. The childish tactic has backfired in the past, and it’s sure to backfire again but […]
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