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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A Dispiriting Picture

  I get weary when I read that Trump’s approval rating is consistently above 40 percent and Fox is number one among cable news channels. I am stunned when I learn 80 – even 90 – percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job. Who are the people responding to these polls? Who […]
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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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Like the Six Blind Men

As I read the comments on this blog, I am reminded of an Indian fable that describes the way six blind travelers perceive an elephant after stumbling upon different parts of the animal’s body. One fell against the elephant’s side and declared the creature was like a wall. Another got hold of its tusk and […]
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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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