Scary Enough for You?

This is the scariest Halloween yet. I’m not talking about the noisy “Hellbound” show the church next door insists on having at this time every year. Or the affidavit Sandra just had to have notarized  to convince Capital One that she didn’t apply for their credit card (someone using her ID applied for a slew of credit cars and […]
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A Hidden Tax Increase

  While Trump and his minions call it the biggest tax cut in history, the budget proposal Republicans are railroading through Congress actually includes at least one hidden tax increase. The proposed federal budget would eliminate deduction of local and state taxes from an individual’s taxable income, a big penalty to struggling middle-class families. Of course, the proposal would […]
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As War Clouds Gather

  The TV pundits that I listen to seem obsessed with Trump’s tweets, the various probes into the Russian  hacking scandal, aborted release of documents that would shed light on JFK’s assassination and the  GOP’s internal bickering. They don’t seem to care that the world could end tomorrow. I am not referring to the Second Coming, […]
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Semper Fi? Not Always

(Strangely, this blog disappeared along with its comments, so I’m reposting it. I wish I could repost your comments, too, but I can’t. If you commented, please repost your comment or post a fresh one.) John Kelly (top photo) is a man of high esteem. He is a four-star general. A Marine. And you know […]
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He Isn’t the Only Problem

  Republican Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have identified the dangers presented by Trump, but they haven’t identified their party’s inherent problem. Simply put, the party stands for everything that’s inhumane. unworthy and un-American. At its core, the GOP is – like one of those “whited sepulchers” – “full of rotting bones.” Of course Trump is […]
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The High Cost of Coal

  Our local power company recently displayed their new solar plant on TV, and I understand they are now burning natural gas instead of coal in the old facility. That probably explains the lower bills they’re sending us these days. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds coal burning power plants are being converted to […]
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Challenges of “Progress”

  Watching a TV program about Madagascar last night, I realized how difficult it must be to run a country – even one as small and poor as the former French colony. So many interests are in conflict. In Madagascar, for example, substantial riches are buried beneath the earth and hidden in the dense woods, but to exploit them […]
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A Clear and Present Danger

  Obviously, one response to Trump’s dismaying behavior would be to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018 and send him packing in 2020. But the burning question is: Can we afford to wait that long? Increasingly, we hear warnings of Trump’s “instability.” Increasingly, he acts with unrestrained malice toward others and with no apparent grasp of […]
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Sexual Predators and Power

  I confess I don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is. That’s how isolated I have become out here in the Florida boondocks.  But I gather from the Internet that he is some kind of Hollywood big shot. Or at least, he was. The stories that are coming to light are stomach turning. I won’t go into detail […]
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No Time for Fatalism

  Is nobody willing and able to head off World War III? If no human can come up with an answer to the impasse between the US and North Korea, would consulting IBM’s Watson help? Surely, the “powers that be” aren’t just going to shrug their shoulders and let all hell break loose? When the […]
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