Corruption? No, “Democracy”

  Jamaicans and Canadians might be surprised to learn that what they would call corruption is the way democracy is supposed to work in America. You see, both Jamaica and Canada adhere to the straitlaced British tradition of government for the people – all of the people – without fear or favor. Apparently that’s not […]
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Behind the Riots

  It’s easy to point fingers and even assign blame in the sad Baltimore riots. But, obviousy, that’s not very helpful. It’s a complicated business, and I am thankful it’s not up to me to find a solution. But I can make an easy prediction: this isn’t the last such eruption in America. There are […]
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Here We Go Again

You knew it would happen, the trumped up charges, the feigned outrage… That “vast right-wing conspiracy” is in full attack mode. Their echo chamber is ringing with “revelations” about Hillary Clinton’s supposed conflicts of interest. Her relations with the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, for example. And, of course,we are hearing the obligatory OMG’s from the […]
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Other People’s Pain

I won’t be writing a blog this morning about the pressing issues of our time. When you’ve just spent three long days (and two endless nights) in the hospital, it’s not easy to get fired up about the world’s woes. Pain is a personal thing. We mortals cannot really appreciate the suffering that others are […]
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Common Sense and Ganja

  On his recent visit to Jamaica, US President Barack Obama was asked about the prospects of legalizing marijuana in his country. He said several states were taking that path but he didn’t see Congress following suit anytime soon. Things are different in Jamaica.  According to an AP report this morning: Drug law amendments that […]
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Here Comes the Clown Car

  Can you picture Ted Cruz in the White house? Marco Rubio? Ben Carson? Rand Paul?  Bobby Jindal? I can’t. What about scandal-plagued Chris Christie? Or the unctuous bumpkin, Mike Huckabee? Or that Koch Brothers lackey, Scott Walker? And Rick Perry – again? Is this a joke? Crazy Cruz couldn’t win a presidential election in some […]
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Enemies of the State

  The relentless sabotage of President Obama’s policies and the insulting personal attacks against him have provoked fury even among the normally unflappable members of the New York Times editorial board. To me this fury is long overdue. The anti-Obama crusade is not just personal. It is not just political. It is an assault on the country’s […]
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Who Loves Ya, Jamaica?

  I bet you thought it was Venezuela. But, as it turns out, Venezuela was just a fair-weather friend. Now that times have changed and Venezuela is feeling the impact of collapsing oil prices, its honeymoon with the Caribbean is over. It is ending subsidized interest rates on oil exports to the islands. And who is […]
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When the Dust Settles

  The airwaves are alive with the sound of campaign rhetoric, and this is just the beginning. The din will increase as the 2016 elections get closer. There will be charges and counter-charges, promises and pleas, as America’s presidential hopefuls sell themselves to a word-weary electorate. What can anyone say that hasn’t been said? What can anyone promise that […]
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One for the Ages

  OK, so you don’t play golf. You don’t even watch golf on TV. But surely you know who Tiger Woods is. You might even have heard of Rory McIlroy. And you probably know the Masters is coming up this week. To me, this will be one of the most fascinating tournaments ever. I will […]
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