The Blight of the Bots

  You might think social media is the salvation of democracy, but I think it’s a blight. As a former newspaper editor, I deplore the mob mentality I come across on web sites like Twitter and Facebook – and in those odious chat rooms Call me an elitist if it scratches your itch, but I […]
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A Real Blue-Collar Guy

  Ed Schultz is dead. To paraphrase Shakespeare, we’re probably not going to see his like again .Not on TV, anyway. There used to be more people on TV like Ed, people who stood for something, who spoke their minds, without sugar coating what they had to say. Now – left or right – it […]
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When “Rights” Collide

  I don’t imagine any reasonable person thinks it’s OK to settle a verbal dispute by violence. So when I exercise my First Amendment right, you don’t have the right to shoot me. That’s how I would sum up the gun control debate that’s sure to be revived in the aftermath of yesterday’s massacre in […]
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Royal Blood? Really?

  I suppose the love affair the media seem to be having with “royalty” is no more bizarre than the fan frenzy some performers inspire. But, personally, I cannot get my head around the idea that an individual with no unique physical, mental or spiritual assets should be set upon a throne and showered with […]
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What a Poppy Show!

  Do you think Trump reads my blogs? I know, I know, he doesn’t read,  he just watches Fox News. But he is doing what I suggested a while back. He’s talking amicably with Kim Jong-un instead of hurling insults and threats at North Korea’s Dear Leader. Of course, he is doing it all wrong. […]
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A Spreading Mob Culture

  I believe that a mobster occupies the highest post in the land. I believe that he reveals his mob roots with the tweets he writes, the lurid threats he utters, the lies he concocts and, especially, his administration’s brazen corruption And I see this culture spreading across America like a deadly infection. An all-too-obvious […]
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What Will Mueller Find?

As the Mueller investigation grinds on, snippets of information are showing up in the media, and they hint at a frightening conclusion. I don’t think many of us still doubt that Russian thugs played a major role in Trump’s election, or that Trump’s allies collaborated with them. And any average law student could make a […]
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What Next for “Animals”?

The dehumanization of political targets is as old as mankind. Convince one tribe that another is less than human and the way may be paved for genocide. Once you are persuaded that someone else is not really human, killing that person becomes much more acceptable. The Rwanda genocide was fueled by the Huti’s description of […]
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The Meanings of Words

  Words gave me a living so I owe them some respect. And I wonder at the cavalier use of words in the news today, especially in political “stories.” What exactly is a “moderate,” for example?  The “left wing” and the “far right”? “Socialism”? “Fascism”? Are you a “moderate”? Am I? I feel like a […]
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Squelching the Media

  Trump is threatening to revoke the media credentials of news organizations that run negative stories about him. But I wonder whether he can legally do that. The freedom of the press is uniquely guaranteed in the US Constitution, and I don’t see how the press can be free to do its job if a […]
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