America’s Iron Curtain

  When I lived in Canada many years ago, the US border was barely noticeable. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, I used to take the ferry over to Sault Michigan when the Canadian bars closed early on Saturday nights. It was a no-hassle crossing. As I recall, all I had to do was show my […]
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Putting Things in Perspective

  In the wake of the horror in Nice, what Donald Trump decides to do about a running mate seems completely inconsequential. The sheer monstrosity of the terrorist attack diminishes any concerns we might have about domestic politics today. The human society is coming apart at the seams, that’s what matters. Human beings are losing […]
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Healing a Sick World

  It’s embarrassing, of course, when the wrong winner is announced at a beauty pageant.  And the fact that in the year 2015 beauty pageants still exist is also discouraging. But what was really shameful was the outburst of racism triggered by Steve Harvey’s blunder. The N word was on full display on Twitter after Harvey apologized for announcing […]
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The Politics of Oil

  New reserves have been discovered and new technologies have been developed making North America possibly the largest oil and gas producer on the planet. Meanwhile, new evidence is constantly emerging to emphasize the pressing need for clean energy to avert a global climate catastrophe. You would think it’s time for the United States to […]
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Turn Down the Volume

  Viewing the TV news these days, you might feel as if you’re watching “Scary Movie III.” Belgium declares a state of emergency at the highest level and pleads with the public not to tweet about any police moves they observe… France is still in a state of emergency as anti-terrorist raids continue… In Mali, […]
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Ball is in Muslims’ Court

I commend those who defend the Muslim community in the wake of the horrific French terror attacks. And I think gestures like today’s unity march are very civilized. But the grim truth is that if the Muslim community really wants to avert retaliation, they should cleanse their ranks of  extremists. I don’t see how the […]
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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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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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War and Peace II

  This won’t be as long as Tolstoy’s masterpiece and there will be no fresh insights. Everything old is new again, as the song says, so there’s nothing to add that you don’t already know. You know it but you don’t believe it. That’s the way we humans are. We are in denial. We – […]
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Amid Fact and Fantasy, I Just Go Blogging On

Sometimes I think I might know a little bit about what’s going on, and then I realize I really don’t know nuthin’ about nuthin’. How can I make any sense of life when I am surrounded by an impenetrable fog of misinformation? I am not talking about the Republican debates that are infesting television lately. […]
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