Two More Years?

  I am tempted to skip voting in November for the first time in my life. For one thing the bullying emails demanding contributions to the Democratic Party are getting on my nerves – as are the groveling ones and the pleading ones and the scary ones and… This has to be the worst election […]
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The Threat of Cheap Oil

  According to an old saying I heard as a child in Jamaica, “One man’s rise is another man’s downfall.” And, as usual with those old sayings, it has proven to be quite accurate throughout my lifetime. Cheap oil is a dream come true for most of the industrialized world. It means lower gas prices […]
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The Back Stabbers

I would call them rats that desert a sinking ship but I don’t know any rats who bit the hand that fed them and I believe history will show President Obama’s ship of state is weathering the current storm. So I’ll leave it to you to select an appropriate designation for the former Obama aides […]
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The Huckabee Republicans

They are single-issue voters, the followers of Mike Huckabee. Well, not single issue really, single-issues. But the issues are related – abortion, gay marriage, and so on. What they stand for is moral purity – or so they believe, anyway. To me, it looks a lot more like a self-congratulatory notion that they, and only they, […]
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Kurds Deserve US Help

I was encouraged by a news report about three young Americans who have gone to Syria to fight. They did not go to join ISIS. They went to join the Kurds and fight ISIS. Of course, if one of them was my son I would probably be hanging on to his ankles as he tried to get […]
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Wallowing in Misery

I’ve never been to Mississippi. I don’t think I’ve even driven through the state. And from what I know about Mississippi, I wouldn’t want to go there. The name “Mississippi” conjures up a long list of horrors- the murder of civil rights workers, church bombings, cross burnings, and on and on and on. The Phil […]
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Another Pipeline Route

  Here’s breaking news for American environmentalists who are urging the President to block the Keystone XL pipeline project: There’s a new route in the works and it’s an all-Canadian one. No, I’m not talking about a pipeline over the Rockies to the West Coast. Canada has environmentalists too – and First Nation activists who […]
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Givers and Takers

  The way the Republicans frame it, Americans basically belong in two groups – givers and takers. I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous Mitt Romney speech about the 47 percent who sponge off the rest of the nation to survive. It’s a theme that keeps popping up in Republican policies. In the classic Republican […]
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Living in the Moment

It’s a beautiful day here in Central Florida, temperature in the low seventies. bright sunshine, just the hint of a breeze. I am blessed to be here to enjoy this day, and you can be sure I am going to make the most of it. I am not going to worry about catching ebola – […]
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MSNBC is Losing Me

  I used to be a faithful MSNBC-TV viewer, but, sadly, we’re drifting apart. And I notice that Sandra is tuning into CNN more and more these days (when she isn’t watching old movies). What happened? Chris Matthews is one reason of course. He has to be among the planet’s most irritating people. He jabbers […]
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