Archive for September 2018

LeBron James, Dennis Byrne and the acknowledgement of white privilege in America

LeBron James, Dennis Byrne and the acknowledgement of white privilege in America
LeBron James is richer, more famous and arguably better looking than Dennis Byrne. You almost assuredly know LeBron, you’ve probably never heard of Byrne. James also knows something that Byrne seems obsessed with denying; being born white in America is a good thing. You can try to make sense of Byrne’s denial in No, I... Read more »

If Brett Kavanaugh's kids are traumatized by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, it's just too damn bad

If Brett Kavanaugh's kids are traumatized by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, it's just too damn bad
The Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination were tumultuous.  Amidst objections over the lack of documentation provided and shouting protesters, Kavanaugh’s two daughters, Margaret (13) and Elizabeth (10) were removed from the proceedings. One insider said, “It was very unpleasant for young children.” Politics is never pleasant, but this is what Brett Kavanaugh... Read more »

Al Franken took one for the team, but it may have been the wrong team

Al Franken took one for the team, but it may have been the wrong team
The following was first posted in December, 2017.  I’m re-posting it now to kick start the Bring Back Franken movement: Senator Al Franken (D-MN) resigned his Senate seat over allegations of sexual misconduct.  Franken’s resignation is a microcosm of the Bizzaro world that now comprises what we laughingly call our political system. Not to dismiss... Read more »
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Ten years after - A 9/11 retrospective

Ten years after - A 9/11 retrospective
The following was first posted on September 11, 2011 In the 60’s and 70’s, musical Utopia for us baby boomers, English blues-rock band Ten Years After produced eight Top 40 albums. Their name apropos of the 10-year anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, two of their songs seem especially poignant today. “I’m... Read more »

"Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything"

"Believe in something.  Even if it means sacrificing everything"
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Who could argue with that? It’s a cool credo, a proper epitaph for anyone who hoped to make a difference in this world. We should all believe in something. How many times have you heard the adage, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for... Read more »

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says anonymous leak in New York Times could have come from any of Earth's 20 billion people

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says anonymous leak in New York Times could have come from any of Earth's 20 billion people
Responding to questions about the anonymous piece in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times last week, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corp that officials were still looking into it. Sanders said that the President informed her that there were 20 billion people on the planet and each of... Read more »
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OK, dickhead, what ABOUT Benghazi?

OK, dickhead, what ABOUT Benghazi?
America is in the throes of a virulent disease eating away at the fabric of democracy. It is deadlier than flesh eating bacteria and consumes from within. Whataboutism is not new, but the pandemic spreading across our nation is destroying the concept of objective reality.  Donald Trump knows nothing about anything and he doesn’t want... Read more »

Senator John McCain loved a good fight, but he still managed to live above the fray

Senator John McCain loved a good fight, but he still managed to live above the fray
I can’t think of a single issue about which I agreed with Senator John McCain, but I never doubted his patriotism or his integrity. For me and for millions of Americans, a singular act in 1968 elevated John McCain to a level above us all. His refusal to leave his men behind after a year... Read more »