That Worrying GM Threat

  My nephew Christopher alerted me to a couple of articles that sent chills down my spine.  No, it wasn’t about some savage serial killer or zombies coming to eat our brains. It was about genetically modified mosquitoes. The articles suggest GM mosquitoes might be causing the widespread birth defects blamed on the Zika virus. The writers observe that the virus […]
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Those Crazy Caucuses

By some kind of twisted logic, the caucuses in Iowa today will impact the lives of millions of Americans who couldn’t find Iowa on a map. Hardly anybody lives in Iowa. Do you know anyone who does? I was there once a long time ago, covering a contest between a Canadian owned tractor and an American […]
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Shame on Body Shaming

  One of the worst things the Internet has popularized is shaming, especially body shaming. The trolls get away with it because they can remain anonymous, and it causes a lot of grief. Some kids have even committed suicide as a result of this kind of bullying. So I view the emergence of the new […]
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On my Mind This Morning

  Here I go again, talking to myself. It’s a lonely job and nobody really has to do it. But I guess I’ll give it another try, anyway. What do I care about this morning? The arrest of those militiamen illegally occupying the Oregon wildlife sanctuary, for one thing. I think it’s about time law enforcement put […]
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No News is Bad News

  Why aren’t more TV talking heads debating the likelihood of a global economic meltdown? Of course, this is an election year and the media are preoccupied with the  cat fighting and backbiting of the campaigns. And I suspect another reason for the pundits’ silence is that doomsayers have been screaming that the sky is […]
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Don’t Get Mad, Make a Deal

I can understand the rage that’s driving American politics. Society, especially a democratic society, is frustrating. Anything the government does to help one group is likely to hurt some other group. Conflict is inevitable. What do you and I want? We want security, that’s for sure. We want food on our tables, a roof over […]
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In the Land of Weird

  There’s so much to fear, so much to deplore, so much regret for the past and trepidation for the future that the entry of Sarah Palin and Phil Robertson is actually a welcome development in America’s current election season. It’s a kind of comic relief from the grim reality of a Republican primary fueled by rage and […]
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About Those Comments…

  I am very grateful for your comments, and I will do my best to respond. That’s the best way I can think of to show my appreciation. Yes, Janice, the Democrats have not been reliable champions of the global black underclass. And you are right to be outraged at the mess President Obama and Hillary […]
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I Need to Hear from You

As I sit in my den and write my blogs, I am guided by your response. Without your comments I’m flying blind. These blogs are not intended to end discussion of a topic but to begin it. They have little value without your contribution. Do you think Bernie Sanders could win the White House for […]
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The Sobering Reality

  There is no real debate in American politics, only polemics. Exaggerating the benefits of one side of an issue and ignoring or deprecating the other side – that’s what everyone does. And it’s depressing. But that is what the media want. And, presumably, that is what theireaders and viewers  want. Equally disheartening are the sacred cows. America’s troops, […]
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