It’s Time to Cry Foul!

  Why is everything so quiet? Why aren’t alarms going off, police sirens wailing and crowds thronging the streets? Am I the only one who heard Bill Nelson say our voting machinery has been compromised? Now that Russian invaders have broken into Florida’s voting records, the state’s midterm election results might as well be tossed […]
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When Facebook Gets Ugly

I rarely open Facebook. At best, it’s boring and banal. At worst it’s ugly and dangerous. I don’t have a Twitter account. I’m too old to tweet. I’ll leave that to the birds – and bird brains like Donald Trump. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up with friends and family. But I […]
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Abusing “Free Speech”

  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most hallowed traditions, but it is becoming a dangerous one. Like any freedom, it must have limits. We are not free to do any number of things – murder, robbery, assault – even trespassing on a neighbor’s lot. Why should speech be different? Free speech has been […]
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A Farewell to Alarms?

  Could this really be goodbye for Alex Jones? The conspiracy theorist has just been banned by Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify. And my response is: What took you guys so long? Alex Jones is a bad joke. A dangerous bad joke. He is the kind of hazard  Oliver Wendell Holmes obviously meant when he […]
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Shades of Al Capone?

  As I follow the intricate web of evidence emerging in the Mueller probe, echoes of the case that finally put Al Capone (photo) behind bars reverberate in my mind. No, I don’t really think Trump is a latter-day Scarface. He isn’t that deadly. But I feel in my bones that the president of the […]
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When Kids Take Action

  The mighty NRA could be going under. And a group of kids, barely old enough to vote, could be responsible. In a lawsuit filed against New York governor Andrew Cuomo, the gun rights lobby claims it’s going broke because a state agency made insurers cut ties with the association. Without insurance coverage, the NRA […]
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There’s No Free Lunch

  I saw an estimate in the trillions for “Medicare for All,” and it got me thinking about the humbug that passes for political discourse these days. I don’t care whether you’re a diehard conservative or a doctrinaire Socialist, you’ll probably agree there’s no free lunch. The government has to find money from somewhere to […]
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Who is the Real Enemy?

    When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to walk back Trump’s rant that the press is “the enemy of the people,” warning bells should be ringing across the land. Thomas Jefferson observed that: When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a a tyrant. Attacking the independent media […]
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Fascism Next Door

  The hate filled attack on “the media” by my Tampa Bay neighbors yesterday leaves me stunned and dismayed. I cringed as I watched a video of the pro-Trump crowd heckling CNN’s Jim Acosta. Faces I might encounter in Publix, as we exchange polite smiles and “excuse me’s,” are contorted in rage. Folks who might […]
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A Day in the Age of Trump

    No interruption so far in access to the blog site, so I’ll keep blogging until I hear something more from Xavier… It’s another day in Trumpistan… The Trump faithful may be taking comfort from Rudy Giuliani’s  rambling interview on TV yesterday, but the rest of us are left wondering what that was all […]
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