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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The Islamic Threat

When ISIS crazies promise to raise their flag over Washington DC, you might picture some kind of foreign invasion and shrug off the threat as idle bombast. But I don’t think they’re talking about an attack from overseas. I think they’re picturing something much more insidious – a campaign from within. In the most unlikely parts of […]
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A Dreary Election

Is it just the rainy weather we’re having in Central Florida that’s making me depressed? Or is this the dreariest American election ever? Another day another Koch Brothers outrage – apparently they’re flooding North Carolina with false voter-registration mailings to confuse voters. Surely, by now nobody opens campaign mail? I throw mine in the recycling bin without […]
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Beware the Chikungunya!

Every November, my brother Bill and his wife Faye head for Jamaica to recharge their batteries. They stay at the same North Coast resort and usually rent a car to roam about the island and bask in a rosy nostalgic glow. It’s something thousands of Jamaicans who now live abroad will be doing. Some of them […]
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I Don’t Get the Ryder Cup

I got up in the wee hours twice this weekend to watch the Ryder Cup, and now that the tumult and the shouting has died I am left wondering why I didn’t stay in bed. What I saw was confusing and unsatisfying. It’s not just because the Americans lost to Europe.  And it’s not just […]
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The Biggest Losers

In my view, all Americans stand to lose if the Republicans win control of Congress – not just the obvious groups like unions, women, ethnic minorities, students, would-be immigrants and so on. The GOP’s obsolete ideas and plutocratic policies will spell immediate misery for all but the filthy rich. And even they can look forward […]
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