Category Archive for 'Politics'

The Critical Mass

It’s long past time to call Republicans on their dangerous BS Blood is in the streets, theaters and cafés of Paris. The worst thing we can do now is… do what Republicans are already doing. “How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now?” tweeted South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan. “How about that mass migration into Europe? […]

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Americans are exceptional confabulists The singer-songwriter Bat MGrath writes earnest, heartfelt songs of relationships. Every word rings true. Nothing political. Yet it seems as though every time I see him play, he lets slip some hint of where his sentiments lie. As he did Saturday night. Between songs he described himself as an optimist, which […]

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Losing their religion, their guns, their flags and their minds For the first time in years, on this Fourth of July, I’m optimistic. Proud to be an American. I really started to feel it while a handful of us were sitting in a bar after a night at the jazz festival here at the end […]

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When the people speak, and no one listens This morning, I’m reading something very unusual to American ears. Scotland voted resoundingly on Thursday against becoming an independent nation, choosing to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Conceding defeat, separatist leader Alex Salmond said, “I accept that verdict of the people and I call on […]

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Pointing a gun at every problem President Barack Obama addresses the country tonight on how we’ll deal with the emerging Islamic State. This is why he gets paid the big bucks, although admittedly not as many big bucks as the Koch brothers get paid for their mission to destroy the country. But the Islamic State […]

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The Tragedy Slut reveals himself I turned down a chance to interview Glenn Beck. Twice, in fact. Late in 2005, Beck was barnstorming the country with a multimedia Christmas extravaganza of holiday music, videos of flags snapping to attention in the breeze and his maudlin ramblings about American values. Beck’s publicist called me and asked […]

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Saving Sgt. Bergdahl The problem with guys like Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl – and Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Pat Tillman – is they shed light on our dark sides. Snowden and Manning used their top-security jobs to expose classified information that confirmed the U.S. government is undermining some of its citizens’ most-treasured principles: That […]

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Living a fantasy life can be a killer Richard Martinez had an easy excuse if he had fallen into an absolute, sobbing despondency;  his 20-year-old son had been murdered in a shooting and stabbing spree last weekend in California. Instead, Martinez was a mix of appropriate emotion and room-silencing coherence as he spoke to a […]

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Allowing history to be the judge needn’t be a long wait History gets re-written every day. So it is once again with the death of Nelson Mandela. Jailed for 27 years because he led the fight against the South African policy of Apartheid, what many of our leaders are eager for us to forget is […]

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The definition of insanity I have a problem with the critics of Obama’s plan to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons. It is the same problem that I have with critics of the Affordable Care Act. And it is the same problem that I have with critics of the Senate’s decision to limit the ability […]

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