Making America White Again

  When I was a boy, the sun never set on the British Empire. And in colonies like Jamaica, we were subjected to a pseudo-English culture. Our exam papers were graded in Britain, we used English pounds at the grocery store, we drove on the left side of the road in English made cars and […]
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All Quiet on Post Lane

  This morning, as I watched Sandra watching Zandy the cat watching the squirrels, on the other side of the glass-paned door, the real world seemed a million miles away. Here on Post Lane, our major activities include feeding the cats – four inside and two still stubbornly outside. And the possum. And the squirrels. Now […]
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Making America “Great”

  Trump’s America is fantastic. Jobs aplenty. A soaring stock market. Freedom from red tape. Hardly any taxes. ISIS on the run. Even “clean coal”! And he’s just getting started. Coming soon: brand new roads and bridges, global domination, bipartisan legislation, impregnable military might, incredible trade deals… and more. (He didn’t mention a chicken in […]
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Sports, Politics Don’t Mix

  I was rooting for Tennys Sandgren (at left) in his match against South Korea’s Hyeon Chung (at right) in spite of his alleged alt-right political leanings. I imagine you’re surprised. I don’t usually cut alt-right sympathizers any slack. But sports is about friendly rivalry, not politics.  And Sandgren has had such a tough career that […]
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The Remaking of America

  I believe the government shutdown is part of a revolution currently underway in America. As it progresses, the revolution may or may not be accompanied by violence but – if it succeeds –  it will bring radical change. The pundits I listened to late into the night seemed unaware of this threat. They blamed the Trump regime’s […]
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Melania in Wonderland

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The vision of America reflected in the pledge of allegiance seems wistfully ironic today. It was doubly ironic when First Lady Melania Trump (photo) tweeted […]
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The Rise of Racism

  Apparently, America’s racism is coming out of the shadows again. I’ve had glimpses of it over the years as an immigrant in Canada and, later, America. And I’ve watched it fade in both countries. Canada evolved rapidly as the population became more diverse and enlightened politicians pursued increasingly inclusive policies. I was heartened when a young […]
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Feeling the Contempt

  I can understand why CNN’s Anderson Cooper (lower photo)  had to fight back tears as he defended Haiti after Trump (top photo) described it as a “s—hole country.” Haiti has been through more than its share of horrors and deserves sympathy not contempt. But Trump’s disdain is not restricted to Haiti. He included El Salvador […]
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Bannon’s Indelible Toxins

  Like Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, Steve Bannon’s wings of wax have melted and he has crashed to earth, never (I hope) to be heard from again. Now, some pundits will probably say Trump’s camp has purged itself of the toxins that Bannon (photo) injected into American politics. Don’t be fooled. Bannon was only the […]
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The Threat of Wedge Issues

  If we really examine our hearts, I doubt that any of us likes abortion. It’s a sad subject, with delicate implications that vary from case to case. Obviously, there are logical arguments on both sides of the issue, and those who take the arguments to militant extremes are making mischief. This kind of disagreement should […]
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