Where Guns Rule

  In the part of Florida where Sandra and I live, politics is quite simple. White people vote Republican, others vote Democrat. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what I’ve noticed in my 20 years here. And since there are a lot more white people than others  in our neighborhood, our votes are just symbolic. Republicans […]
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The Incessant Voices of Evil

  As I live through yet another school massacre and hear the depressingly deja vu arguments on TV, I wonder how some politicians can look at themselves in the mirror and not crumble into a slimy ball of shame. For they are the NRA’s shameful mercenaries in its war against common-sense measures to stem the tide of […]
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Gun Crazy – and Loving it!

“Freedom-loving” Americans are supposed to feel relieved when they hear that the National Rifle Association “will not go quietly into the night,” that the organization will forever fight for “the right to survive and protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns, and handguns we want!” That was the message NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre […]
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Powerful Saboteurs Target American Democracy

The news on national TV today is all about the elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, and the pundits are sifting through exit polls to figure out the meaning of it all. Is Chris Christie really a moderate? Is the Tea Party doomed? And on and on and on… Nobody is talking about […]
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Group Should be Liable for Giving Away Guns

Residents of a quiet Orlando neighborhood were startled recently when the area was flooded by fliers offering them free shotguns. But the group distributing the shotguns – the Armed Citizens Project of Florida – reports that “hundreds” of residents said yes to the offer. I live in Florida so I’m accustomed to bizarre behavior, but even […]
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What about My Right Not to Get Shot?

I sit on the old, green swing on our breezeway, looking at the sliver of Lake Gibson visible beyond the house across the street, watching the cats enjoy the gentle breeze… Am I endangering my life? I cannot see Interstate 4, but I can hear the traffic on it. As the crow flies, the highway […]
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Why is Gun Ownership Sacred in the United States?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Second Amendment to the Unites States Constitution. It prohibits laws that would prevent Americans from legally owning “arms.” Back in the days of the Founding Fathers, of course, “arms” were quite different from today’s “arms.” But that doesn’t matter to gun nuts. An amendment is an amendment and that’s […]
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Is a Bad Democrat Better than No Democrat?

Democrats face a dilemma in 2014. Do they stick to their principles and run off the pols who use the party to make a lucrative nest for themselves in Congress? Or do they tolerate the sleazy behavior of these members in order to bolster the party’s numbers in the House and Senate? For at least […]
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How the Koch Brothers Pursue Their Sinister Ends

  Charles and David Koch (left to right, above) are rich, powerful men who are using their money and power to change America. They seem to represent some dark spirit, some evil force intent on reversing centuries of civilization and reinstating the law of the jungle.  While they are often described as Libertarian, they seem determined […]
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In the U.S., the Real World Copies “Wild West” Movies

I used to enjoy cowboy movies. It’s comforting when the most complicated problems can be solved with a  Colt .45 revolver. But I never thought these simple-minded morality plays reflect real life. Until now. Suddenly, all over America, politicians are reinventing the Wild West. In Florida, for example, a proposal before the Legislature would allow […]
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