Is This a Joke, Nancy?

  According to a news item I just read, Nancy Pelosi  suggested at a town hall meeting on Wednesday that impeaching Trump  would further “divide the country” and could do more harm than good. Surely you jest, Nancy! Are you so worried about dividing the country, you won’t try to win the House and Senate […]
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From Bad to Worse

  Trump has made some weird nppointments since becoming president last year, but  he has outdone himself by selecting Johns Bolton (photo) as his new national security adviser. Even Trump should have known better. As Jimmy Carter observed on TV Monday night, Bolton is Trump’s worst mistake yet. Bolton is such an extremist that in 2005, […]
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Peace Through Sports

  You may have heard the story about German and English soldiers suspending hostilities for a soccer match during World War I. I was reminded of that story recently when I heard North Korea is taking part in the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea. I understand the North and South Koreans will march together under a […]
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Here Comes the Boom

  With Mike Flynn spilling the beans, Trump’s days in the White House are numbered. Unless… It’s the “unless” that scares me. This is not a sane human being. This is Trump. And he is capable of anything, however unthinkable, to avert his exposure and disgrace. So how can he head off Robert Mueller’s damning […]
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Scary Enough for You?

This is the scariest Halloween yet. I’m not talking about the noisy “Hellbound” show the church next door insists on having at this time every year. Or the affidavit Sandra just had to have notarized  to convince Capital One that she didn’t apply for their credit card (someone using her ID applied for a slew of credit cars and […]
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As War Clouds Gather

  The TV pundits that I listen to seem obsessed with Trump’s tweets, the various probes into the Russian  hacking scandal, aborted release of documents that would shed light on JFK’s assassination and the  GOP’s internal bickering. They don’t seem to care that the world could end tomorrow. I am not referring to the Second Coming, […]
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No Time for Fatalism

  Is nobody willing and able to head off World War III? If no human can come up with an answer to the impasse between the US and North Korea, would consulting IBM’s Watson help? Surely, the “powers that be” aren’t just going to shrug their shoulders and let all hell break loose? When the […]
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Trivializing a Deadly Impasse

  With the spread of social media, the shallowest and silliest aspects of human nature are on widespread display. And the mainstream media are exploiting the silliness. So when Trump calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” and Kim responds by dubbing Trump a “dotard,” the press has a field day. When Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North […]
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Why Words Matter

  It’s not only what we say that matters; it’s also how we say it. Some words are toxic, some are benign. Here’s an example. If someone says, “blessed are the peacemakers,” you’ll probably nod your head piously in agreement. But call the peacemakers “appeasers” and you’re likely to have a different reaction. Neville Chamberlain will forever […]
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It’s a No-Win Fight, America

  Once, long ago, I was driving home in Toronto late at night after playing cards with my sister Elizabeth and her husband Wendell, when a convertible full of young men swerved in front of me and stopped. I hit the brakes and managed to avoid rear-ending the convertible. As I waited for the other car to get out […]
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