Category: Current Events

New Rule: Bill Maher has to stop telling us that America is a post-racial society

New Rule:  Bill Maher has to stop telling us that America is a post-racial society
Happy Juneteenth, America’s twelfth and newest federal holiday. Celebrating the date on which Black slaves in Galveston, Texas were set free two and half years AFTER the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation has its own special irony, not the least of which is that it comes 156 years after the fact, but that is... Read more »

Memorial Day 2021: What does it mean to Honor and Remember?

Memorial Day 2021:  What does it mean to Honor and Remember?
Updated and reposted from a previous Memorial Day This Memorial Day I find my optimism for America lower than I thought possible. Incomprehensibly, Republicans voted to block a commission to investigate the worst attack on our Capitol since the Civil War. The repressive voting law (Senate Bill 7) that Texas Governor Abbott wants to sign... Read more »

A morally bankrupt GOP formally ended the rule of law today, burying the Constitution and American democracy

A morally bankrupt GOP formally ended the rule of law today, burying the Constitution and American democracy
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her role as House Republican Conference chair today. Cheney’s position makes her the third most powerful Republican behind House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. She is expected to be replaced by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), previously... Read more »
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360,000 fishermen die every year

360,000 fishermen die every year
If your response to the above headline was No way or Bullshit or Dude, what are you smoking? give yourself a gold star. If it sounds reasonable to you, then you should probably get back to your recorded collection of Jeanine Pirro’s most hysterical rants. Many of us have seen an episode or two of... Read more »

Boundaries? We don't need no stinking boundaries

Boundaries?  We don't need no stinking boundaries
It’s been almost three weeks since I read the subject column of this piece and I’m still struggling to respond. Cal Thomas and his ilk skate by regurgitating worn out tropes and talking points, making any attempted counterpoint the equivalent of trying to get your dog to stop licking himself. We get it. Democrats are... Read more »

Don't kid yourself, all lives don't matter

Originally posted July 15, 2016 The American Civil Liberties Union is in business to defend the constitutional rights of all individuals.  There are other organizations to protect and defend the rights and lives of their members, as well as the general public. The Anti-Defamation League, whose slogan is Imagine a World Without Hate, focuses on... Read more »
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Cookies: A microcosm of the GOP shell game

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines shell game as: FRAUD, especially a swindle involving the substitution of something of little or no value for a valuable item. Unquestionably, Donald Trump is a fraud and his word is of little or no value. Republicans’ words have had very little value for a very long time, but in the... Read more »

Free, White and 21: Livin' large in the USA

Free, White and 21:  Livin' large in the USA
It was the late 70’s and YMCA was a staple at bar mitzvahs and weddings.  Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight was in heavy rotation on Chicago’s The Loop radio station and Hip Hop was on the rise. About that time my fledgling career crossed paths with that of a man I will call John, whose career... Read more »

The now dead Rush Limbaugh

The now dead Rush Limbaugh
In Friday’s post, Tucker Carlson should stick to racism, it’s what he knows best, I referred to Rush Limbaugh as the now dead, Rush Limbaugh.  It’s like the old joke that circulates after every stock market crash (something that hasn’t happened since Barack Obama became president). In the wake of a crash, Kenny Mesirow, who... Read more »
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TucKKKer Carlson should stick to racism, it's what he knows best

TucKKKer Carlson should stick to racism, it's what he knows best
Two things come to mind when I think about Tucker Carlson; racism and that blank look on his face.  Carlson’s crowning achievement is a repertoire completely devoid of integrity or information. Trevor Noah put together a little mashup that highlights Carlson’s racism, Jeopardy style.  Click HERE to view that.  And thank you, Alex. I caught... Read more »