The Power of Propaganda

  You might think you’re too smart to fall for fake news. You might wonder why governments waste their money on propaganda. You might even laugh at demagogues like Donald Trump when they tweet bad math to support a dangerous overhaul of America’s health care system. Who would fall for such crap, you wonder. But […]
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Are You a Racial Profiler?

  I confess, when I read that some guy named Anthony Scaramucci was suspected of shady business with the Russians, I thought the worst. Yes, I am a racial profiler. I wonder whether the same instinct might have betrayed those three journalists who had to resign from CNN after producing a flawed story about the Trump transition advisor (with […]
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Tried and Proven False

There was a story in Yahoo News this morning detailing the horrors that occurred in Arizona when they implemented policies similar to those in the Republican health care bill. I didn’t need to read the story. It doesn’t take much imagination to foresee the bill’s disastrous consequences. Simply put, it sentences thousands – perhaps millions […]
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Boll Weevils Need to Go

The Democratic Party will be doomed to failure if it tries to be a “big tent.” Big tents have no soul, no star to steer by. If you want my vote, stand for something and make it clear what you stand for. Here’s a little poem they taught me at school in Jamaica: Live for something, have […]
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Echo Chamber Strikes Back

I don’t usually watch Fox News. Or read the rubbish on right-wing web sites. But my nephew Chris sends me links to various “conservative” propaganda outlets. I guess he thinks I would benefit from an alternative view of events. Today, his links included a claim from Sean Hannity that left-over Obama sympathizers in the civil service […]
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What Makes Voters Care?

  Here in Florida a man whose company paid $1.7 billion in fines for defrauding Medicare has been elected and reelected our governor. With term limits kicking in, he can’t run for governor again so he’s thinking of contesting Bill Nelson’s US Senate seat. Nelson is a third term senator with a solid record, yet he would have […]
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Self Interest? Or Decency?

  At a time when Senate Republicans are shamelessly trying to sneak through their toxic health care law, it is inconceivable that any decent human being would vote for such a party. Surely, the Republican agenda is obvious to everyone by now? Surely, Americans have seen enough of the Trump presidency to be forewarned? So who is still a […]
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Digging up the Dirt

  When the president and vice president of the United States have to hire lawyers to shield them from prosecution,… When the vast majority in Congress, however poor before they got elected, are millionaires… When lobbyists and influence peddlers, foreign and domestic, write the nation’s laws… I have to wonder what Robert Mueller might find when he […]
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Sinking to Their Level

  Everyday Americans – working stiffs or retired codgers – have every reason to despise the Republicans in Congress. Pandering to the most powerful and richest members of society, they have schemed and plotted against us, taking away our resources and our rights, attacking our precious environment, wantonly exposing our kids to death on the […]
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On This Blasted Heath

  Watching the US Open preview on TV the other night, these lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” popped into my head: Upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting Like the witches on that dreary piece of Scottish landscape, the golf gurus were foretelling the future. And as it did for Macbeth, inevitable […]
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