A Cowardly Congress

  Shame on you, Bob Corker (in picture, right)! Shame on you, Marco Rubio (in picture , left)!  Shame on you for deciding to vote for the tax bill, after all. And shame on all of you spineless Republicans in Congress for supporting this repulsive piece of legislation. The bill steals from working Americans to reward […]
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Ugly Blast from the Past

  It’s been a long, long time since I heard anyone protest that some of their best friends are Jews. But what else would you expect from Roy Moore’s wife? The Moores are relics from an ugly past, when white supremacy was taken for granted and Jews were often shunned. Yes Jews. Now, Jews are […]
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Is Mind Control Working?

  The Third World was supposed to learn from the developed nations. Patronizingly called “the White Man’s Burden,” it was considered the duty of “civilized” countries to show “primitive” cultures the path to fairness and decency, and all the other virtues credited with creation of advanced civilizations. But the times have changed. And the tables have turned. […]
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In the Name of God? Really?

If Roy Moore wins Tuesday’s Senate race in Alabama, I will be shocked. Saddened. Discouraged. The man is a widely proclaimed child molester. A bigot. A racist. A hypocrite. An outlaw who defies the law of the land when it conflicts with his interpretation of God’s word. Who is this self-proclaimed champion of that Old Time Religion? Could he […]
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From Tragedy to Farce

Of all the lurid allegations flooding the media,  the story about Garrison Keillor (photo) seems the most improbable to me. You may have caught Keillor on public radio.  His “Prairie Home Companion”  was aired every weekend for 40 years. It was the kind of show you could share with your kids – if they would  sit still […]
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Thankful for the USA

  My daughter Grace and her husband Frank treated Sandra and me to Thanksgiving lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn yesterday. It was really pleasant dining and chatting with them, their sons Jonathan and Adam, and Frank’s sister Maria. Frank and Grace drove to Lakeland from Miami, and so did Adam, who picked up Jonathan […]
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Sex in the Workplace

  The reports of inappropriate workplace behavior flooding the media are not just sad.  They’re disheartening. As a man, I know it can sometimes be difficult to keep our minds on the task at hand when we’re distracted by an attractive coworker.  But it’s inconceivable that the attraction should lead to the behavior that’s being […]
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Chastising us with Scorpions

  Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. That’s what the Biblical ruler Rehoboam promised the Israelites. And that’s what the Republicans who control America’s government plan to do to us. But they aren’t as honest […]
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The Oldest Dirty Trick

  It’s the oldest trick in the book. Even toddlers do it. When some tot calls another tot a bad name, the response is often, “You’re the (bad name)!” Or: I know you are but what am I? And the Republican Party shamelessly resorts to that strategy whenever their skullduggery is exposed. Of course they’re […]
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Making up the “News”

Trump and his minions constantly complain about “fake news” produced by left-leaning media. And the mainstream media are not completely blamesless. Political reporting has always been suspect. This type of journalism seems to rely on more lenient standards than “hard news” reporting. The practice of using unnamed sources, for example, is prevalent in political reports. […]
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