In the Land of Weird

  There’s so much to fear, so much to deplore, so much regret for the past and trepidation for the future that the entry of Sarah Palin and Phil Robertson is actually a welcome development in America’s current election season. It’s a kind of comic relief from the grim reality of a Republican primary fueled by rage and […]
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The Power of Palin

To you and me – and Tina Fey – Sarah Palin is a joke. I am amazed that she is still around, chattering mindlessly and uttering outrageously bigoted opinions – a blast from civilization’s distant past. Listening to her incoherent rant at yesterday’s rally against the Iran deal, I understood only snatches of what she was trying to […]
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Canada in Recession? Wow!

  I never thought I would live to see this headline: Canada in recession. But they say figures don’t lie and the figures show two consecutive quarters of negative growth by America’s northern neighbor. That is what economists the world over recoganize as a recession. How do you manage to steer a country like Canada on to […]
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Smoke and Mirrors

  Words no longer mean what I thought they meant. Especially during a political season. Especially during this political season. I know, you are going to tell me that politics is all smoke and mirrors, that’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will always be. But if you tuned in to […]
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End Two-Party Gridlock

It’s not true that America has only two political parties. There are more than 50 political parties in the United States. It’s the press that makes it seem only two parties exist. Only Democrats and Republicans get any media attention. Now, there are rumblings in the media urging the Tea Party to separate from the Republicans. The […]
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Putin’s American Fan Club

If you think about the comments coming from right-wing politicians in America, you have to wonder why they admire Vladimir Putin so much.  One after the other, the familiar warhorses trot up to the microphone to tell you how “decisive” Putin is and how much they despise President Obama’s “waffling.” Rudy Giuliani, John McCain (and […]
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“Liberal Media” is a Joke

Back when I was young (yes, waaaay back), conservatives constantly grumbled about America’s “liberal press,” claiming that reporters by definition were sympathetic to “leftist” causes. Things sure have changed. In the media world of the 21st Century, a  potty mouth like Rush Limbaugh can smear the Pope with impunity while an informed and courageous journalist […]
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Racist Right Drops its Mask

I’m sure you know that one of the driving forces in the Tea Party movement is racism. But Republican leaders scoff at the accusation, and powerful media voices dismiss the idea. When people like me complain about the white-power rhetoric and anti-minority policies emanating from the far right, we’re told derisively that we’re “playing the […]
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“Chains” is a Racist Word? Sorry, I Don’t Speak “Code”

The idea that Joe Biden was making a racist remark when he said if Wall Street were unleashed it would put us all in chains is such a stretch that I wonder why anyone even mentions it on the air. Why would  the word “chains” be especially offensive to African Americans? Or any other ethnic group? […]
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Send in the Clowns. Meet the Latest GOP Distraction

  Say goodbye to Glenn Beck (photo above, left), and hello to Donald Trump (photo above, right). In the crazy world of American politics, when you cannot possibly sell your policies you send in the clowns. It’s the same technique they use in rodeos; when a fallen rider is in danger, in come the clowns […]
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