What Do Dreadlocks Signify?

  Zendaya Coleman, an 18 year-old Disney Channel star, wore dreadlocks to the Oscar Awards (photo above) and drew the following remark on E! News Entertainment from fashion critic Giuliana Rancic (at left): (She) looked like she smelled of patchouli oil…or maybe weed. Ms. Coleman was understandably offended. She called the remark “a large stereotype” […]
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Bringing up Barack – and Rudy

Nobody commented on my recent blog about Rudy Giuliani’s verbal slap in the President’s face. But I still think it’s worth discussing. So here I go again. This is what the former New York mayor said: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe […]
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The Glaring Oscars Cop-out

  Come on now, do you really believe “Birdman” was the best and most significant cinematic event of the past year? You haven’t seen the film? I am not surprised. I haven’t and I don’t know anyone who has. Besides, the reviews don’t make it sound  all that great. Here’s what The Guardian newspaper critic […]
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Life Through a Gloomy Lens

We haven’t seen any of the movies involved but Sandra and I will be up late Sunday night along with the millions of other Oscar viewers around the world. I know, shame on me for not going to see “Selma.” But I am at a stage in life when I tend to avoid disturbing experiences, and I […]
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The American Saboteurs

In centuries gone by, President Obama would have challenged Rudy Giuliani to a duel. But today, slurs against the President’s character are so commonplace they probably just roll off his back. Here’s what the former New York mayor said recently: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but […]
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The Attraction of Pain

  I haven’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I don’t plan to read it. I will not go to see the movie or watch it on TV. Sadomasochism is a big yawn as far as I am concerned. But a lot of people seem attracted to pain -inflicting it or enduring it, or both. […]
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Shouldn’t Mercy Temper Justice?

In the news this morning: HOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. So, once again, the conservative minority in […]
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Should the Press be Free to Lie?

  Thomas Jefferson was a staunch defender of the “free press.” As I understand it, Jefferson, more than anyone, was responsible for protecting press freedom in America. I wonder what he would think if he were alive today. Consider this recent item from Media Reform: Many news agencies lie and distort facts, not many have […]
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A World of Science and Fiction

  It’s a science fiction world, that’s for sure. But who can tell the science from the fiction? On this day dedicated to the (fictional?) Saint of Love, the morning’s electronic mail includes a link from my brother Bill to a newspaper story about a hotel in Nagasaki that will be staffed by robots. A sidebar […]
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“Indecent” Exposure Under Fire

I am puzzled by the media’s recent obsession with “wardrobe malfunctions.”  Never a day goes by that some celebrity (female of course) isn’t pictured showing an inch or more of forbidden skin, supposedly by accident. Even Kate Midddleton, who is likely to be England’s Queen some day, dare not venture out on a windy day […]
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