JUNE 23, 2014 10:20AM

Benghazimania, Cleveland-style


kevin o'brien

This is Kevin O’Brien.  He is the assistant Deputy Editorial Page Editor for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s daily newspaper.

O’Brien will never be mistaken for a serious political analyst. But shave his head, give him a big cigar, get him some contactRead full post »

D Day

The 70th anniversary of D Day got me thinking about patriotism, what American are capable of, and why the most self-styled American patriots today are posers.

Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Japanese Fleet during World War II, revealed an understanding of what Japan fac/
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john Kerry

“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” Kerry said in a release put out by the State Department. “… If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm beliRead full post »


Immediately after I wrote Which party REALLY has Israel's back? several readers vigorously objected to my assertion that the Obama administration has been friendlier and more supportive of Israel and its security than all other administrations.

The outrage came from Israelis and AmeRead full post »

APRIL 20, 2014 2:47AM

Sorry, Charlie...



great pumpkin 

Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer looks sad. 

"He always looks sad!" I hear you shouting.

But a few weeks ago, while appearing on Fox News Channel's Special Report, he looked positively heartbroken.

He admitted that “time has run out on ReRead full post »




So which administration has supported Israel more than all others?

As it turns out, the widespread perception that the Republicans have been better for Israel than the Democrats is one of the grossest distortions and most successful misinformation campaigns in the histor/
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APRIL 9, 2014 6:21PM

Michael Vick's extended sentence



Do you remember the dog fighting scandal involving NFL quarterback Michael Vick?  Of course you do.

When the scandal broke, the details were so appalling that the thought of forgiving Michael Vick never entered any civilized person’s mind. He was indicted on severaRead full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 11:46AM

Shouting "Fire!" in a crowded market


 Tesla fire


Hundreds of thousands of vehicle catch fire every year.  But the advanced technology in electric cars means they come under intense scrutiny every time someone mentions the ‘f’ word. As such, Tesla received a lot of attention for the three fires involviRead full post »

MARCH 23, 2014 8:06AM

The day "I composed" Maiden Voyage



Over the years I’ve been paid more than a few compliments for my musical skills. I’m a pretty fair pianist. And I know how to arrange songs for anything from piano to a full orchestra and every ensemble in between.

Composing, however, has always eluded me.Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2014 6:27PM

English vs. political gibberish


  Dopey Batchelder

I recently contacted Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder to ask his position on a specific aspect of the abortion debate.  This was the first time I sent anything to his office.

Like Governor John Kasich, Batchelder is a hard-core opponent of abortion rights.  IRead full post »




The Tesla Model S is an awesome car.  It’s such a great automobile that one could assert it’s the greatest car ever made without a lot of difficulty justifying such a claim. As such, it represents one of the free market’s most conspicuous acRead full post »

pete seeger 

Pete Seeger’s passing leaves a hole in American culture the size of the Grand Canyon. His impact on American music and environmental concerns may be too vast to ever fully comprehend.

As important as his music and his love of the land was, his confrontation with the forcesRead full post »


 Alex Jones

I wish I could meet Alex Jones or Ted Nugent face to face.

For those who might not know them, Alex Jones is a syndicated radio host, firearms rights absolutist, documentary film maker, and conspiracy zealot. He achieved wide exposure last January when he was aRead full post »




There’s a new link at Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Facebook page.  The link, full of righteous indignation, is to a petition called “Demand Better,” created by McConnell’s campaign.

The McConnell campaign has its baggy RepublicaRead full post »



 At his recent bloated press conference on the George Washington Bridge fiasco New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted that officials as high up as Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff and his own top appointees at the Port Authority, which controls the bridge, s

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Ann Coulter 

On CNBC's The Big Idea, host Donny Deutsch asked right-wing proselytizer Ann Coulter: "If you had your way ... and your dreams, which are genuine, came true ... what would this country look like?"

Coulter responded, "It would look like New York City during theRead full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2013 10:50AM

National Treasure


Most people think I’m younger than I am.  At my age I should be wearing plaid golf pants with the waist pulled up to my nipples, driving a Mercury Marquis at 40 mph on the highway, having dinner at noon and getting grouchy over things that wouldn’t matter/Read full post »

Cleveland talk show personality Bob Frantz makes a living peddling racism.  But this radio bigot’s mouth bit off more than his brain could chew when he pointed his venom gland at a sports broadcast legend.


This is the new face of racism - aRead full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2013 4:36PM

*Once you label me, you negate me


I’ve been labeled a liberal more times than I can count. Some of my political positions have elicited other labels, like “socialist,” “Nazi,” “communist,” “statist,” “fascist,” “conservative,” and more.

&Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2013 8:15AM

Hooray for the word "Oy!"



Those of us who have the senses of sight and hearing are reflexively grateful to have them and would never want to lose them.  But on rare occasions, something comes along that could minutely ease the pain of losing them.

I referRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2013 10:34AM

A Day at the Races


 Boehner oil industry tool

House Speaker John Boehner continues to be succeed at convincing the American people and even those in the news media, who shouldn’t be so easy bamboozled, that he’s never asked for earmarks.

Part of this PR campaign was his highly visible pledge in theRead full post »


There was a lot of pink on the field Thursday night when the New York Giants played at Chicago, but if you looked closely, you saw some green too.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall wore green shoes against the Giants to show support for MentalRead full post »

 Uncle Sam single payer

As Republicans keep the government in lockdown and piss into the winds of change symbolized by the Affordable Care Act by shouting “SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!” to anyone they deem uninformed enough to believe it, there is one question few Americans would consider asking:

DoesRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2013 12:01AM

It began long before Obamacare

Jesus Health Care for email


It didn’t start with Barack Obama, or even Bill Clinton.

To understand when the mandate in the Constitution’s preamble to promote the general welfare was first considered to include health care, one has to go back more than a century.

Theodore Roosevelt endorsRead full post »

 Israel vs

Although the UN visit by Iran’s new president is grabbing the headlines, threats to Israel's security and the plight of the Palestinians continue unchecked.

The Palestinians want - and NEED - exactly what Jewish Palestinians fought so hard to achieve in the mid and lateRead full post »