Category Archive for 'Politics'

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How I spend my idle time As an unemployed American, I am frequently asked by my concerned fellow citizens, “So, what are you doing these days?” In response, I’ve been compiling a “To Do” list, just to keep the conversation going. I haven’t crossed off a whole lot yet. But I think some of this […]

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What defines a shithole country? I didn’t giggle once as I watched newscasters and analysts struggling with the word, and as I read headlines surrendering to the word. The word that had been uttered by the President of the United States. Shithole. It had to be written out, and had to be said, in order […]

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Fire and Fury and karma The early bird gets the worm, they claim. And not getting to the bookstore quick enough meant I didn’t get a copy of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Yes, I’m, disappointed. Because it looks like author Michael Wolff got the snake. I’ve got the book on order, […]

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We’re bringing Christmas back If you’re indulging today in that Christmas Day tradition of turning on the television, you may encounter this: A commercial announcing President Trump has won The War on Christmas. I literally burst out laughing yesterday morning while reading a story about a television commercial created by America First Policies, a nonprofit […]

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The Christians of Wrath My Friend Bill and My Friend Connie were at the house last week when we got to talking about the epidemic of revelations showing men in powerful positions sexually harassing and assaulting women. And what’s behind these religious leaders who were throwing their support behind the accused child sex predator, Roy […]

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The World Doesn’t Owe You Anything With decisions come consequences. That was the theme running through my head while lying awake in bed at 3 a.m. Wednesday. The gray-matter residue from a couple of Tuesday night’s entertainments. It started at The Little theater with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A murder mystery that doesn’t give […]

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Roy Moore! Help is on the way! Apparently, I’m told, I’ve earned millions of dollars over the course of my lifetime. I blew it all on booze, women and movies. I was unaware of this reality until the past weekend, when the crusty Iowa senator, Charles Grassley, was explaining the Republicans’ new tax bill to […]

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What’s the matter with Alabama? The two of us had arrived early at a downtown Rochester hotel, and the room reserved for the breakfast meeting with a handful of invited guests was locked. We stood in front of the door as a hotel employee wandered off to find a key. “You look really tired,” I […]

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Truth and beauty: Hurricanes and other blowhards is why we need the arts It’s been a month since the nightmare in Las Vegas. A month since Puerto Rico was flattened by a hurricane, and still more than 70 percent of the island is without power. Three weeks since the story broke that Harvey Weinstein, perhaps […]

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People who lie to you think you’re stupid On this morning’s dog walk, I noticed that the neighbors across the street have already taken down their New York Yankees flag after last night’s loss. They’ve replaced it with a Buffalo Bills flag. Which seems to be an invitation to yet more heartbreak. Around the corner […]

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