The Unnoticed Connection Between African-Americans and the Deaf

When  I was a lad I served a term at my Uncle Hank’s gas station on Milwaukee and Erie.  It was the mid 20th century and I, at age 16, was snared in the death-row career of pumping gas and patching inner tubes. I was also caught up in the wide-ranging wisdom of Uncle Hank,... Read more »

King vs. Riggs: Why All the Racket?

Recently,  the cultural paleontologists of Hollywood for some curious reason decided to exhume the long buried  skeleton of the infamous Bobby Riggs/Billy Jean King tennis showdown.  The film  they served up was called Battle of the Sexes. And I made it my mission to avoid seeing it–largely because it also dug up a hauntingly annoying... Read more »

The Tells of Duplicity

It’s certainly no secret anymore that when Donald Trump says “Believe me.” anybody who’s barely sentient does not believe him–just as many of the citizenry knew that when Richard Nixon used to blurt “Let me make one thing perfectly clear”, what followed was a welter of opacity, obfuscation and bullshit. These two examples have inspired... Read more »
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America's Epidemic of Incompetence

Mostly, it whittles down to a simple equation, : Indifference +Laziness= Incompetence   So pervasive is  America’s persistent  incompetence, it begs to be classified as a bona fide epidemic.  I really thought that in 2008, when job opportunities had suddenly plunged into scarcity, that working stiffs would stiffen their resolve and take aim toward politeness,... Read more »

Trump's (and Mussolini's) Dumbest Metaphor

When our blinkered president blurted out the battle cry “drain the swamp” and his unctuous devotees of the GOP blindly cheered him on,  the implications of the meaning escaped them the way  tons of  pollutants  regularly escape into our rivers. lakes and streams. What’s more, in using the slogan, Trump joined the dubious company of... Read more »

The One Word Lyricists Resent Most

Pore over the last century of American pop music lyrics and you can’t dodge one persistently dominant theme,  i.e Love. Mostly romantic love. Certainly, it is the most intensely commanding motif of early-20th-century Tin Pan Alley poets. whose principal assignment was to  forage for new ways of saying “I love you.”  So why has the... Read more »

Beware the Red Flags of Duplicity

Thanks to the likes of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, many of us are inured, thus alerted to the perniciousness of  the oral alarm bells of deceit.  When Nixon intoned, “Let me make one thing perfectly clear” the pronouncements rushing after were certain to have the clarity of winter slush. When the bleated codas issuing... Read more »

Has Trump Committed Premeditated Mercer?

It  might be that the tonnage of Trump-related scandals has  so far constituted  just the tip of the viceberg. Has anybody thought of investigating the recent investments of Robert Mercer’s hedge fund? After all, what would stop Trump from back-channel  tipping off his major angel the day before he declares another tariff that again drops... Read more »

How Trump Just Jeopardized Israeli Security

In the deluge of censure that followed Trump’s clear betrayal of America and the attendant realization that he is a danger to our security, one other issue slipped out the back door.  Trump’s mention of a new policy with respect to Syria can only mean one thing.  He is going to cave in to Putin... Read more »

The Three Warning Signs of a Dying Marriage

The  following marital stormy-weather advisories go beyond the commonplace borders  of a fraying attachment (such as infidelity and separate vacations), and map out the territories of subtle portent. DON’T FALL BEHIND YOUR SPOUSE’S BEHIND Some while ago, a friend of mine was nearing his Michigan Avenue office,  when he noticed a married couple of   his... Read more »