Observing Life Through Polarized Glasses
OCTOBER 15, 2014 12:56PM

Has the NFL Gone Rogue?

As National Football League teams get into high gear this year, the NFL’s once relatively pristine public image is coming under increased scrutiny as scandal after scandal seems to be popping into the front pages and TV news teasers than ever before.

Much of this scrutiny is the result of… Read full post »

I've been away from here for a while.

 When this site, which I stumbled into quite by accident a few years ago, went more or less dark, it kind of sucked the energy out of me to think about "things" and share my thoughts as another contributor to it. I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2012 3:38PM

The Bullies in the NRA Boardroom

Lapierre When I was in high school there was a small group of tough guy bullies who more or less palled around with each other, much to the eternal suffering of those of us who were their victims. I was a late transfer to the high school from which… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2012 3:28AM

Who Are We?

ROMney Suddenly, out of the blue, the political percentage number on everyone's lips has dropped from “99%” to “47%.” In a stunning admission to his well heeled backers at a $50,000 per plate fund raiser in Boca Raton (which, coincidentally, translates from the Spanish as &… Read full post »

ryan-romney Unless I am missing something really important in this political calculus, Mitt Romney just handed over the presidential election to the incumbent, one Barack H. Obama this morning at 9 AM EDT when he officially announced the choice of Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running… Read full post »

Guns  It just seems like the same old tape gets replayed every year or two. We are given some horrible event involving a firearm and a lunatic and which winds up with innocents forfeiting their lives for the “price of freedom” to buy, own and use virtually any kind… Read full post »

DFDYOung I sat and stared at the screen, somewhat stunned to read that Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the legendary German lyric baritone, passed away a few days ago, at the age of 86. The first thought was, Oh no! He was such an artist! Then the second thought was a self-reminder… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 16, 2012 10:28AM

Seriously, Is Mitt Really Qualified?


I suspect that, for a lot of Americans, watching Mitt Romney as he has campaigned himself into the Republican nomination for the presidency, it's been bemusing to study this man's seemingly endless number of gaffes - not to mention his high degree of truth telling problems - in his… Read full post »


It is as American as the 7th inning stretch; as much a part of our self-portrait as Washington Crossing the Delaware, or Rosie the Riveter and G.I. Joe.  Somewhere around half of us see ourselves as self-made or self-becoming and that, if only we work hard, educate ourselves, playRead full post »

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APRIL 17, 2012 12:35PM

The Campaign Gift That Didn't Give

Ann At first I didn't pay it much attention but the dust was so thick that I couldn't avoid it any longer. Hilary Rosen's comment about Ann Romney “never having worked a day in her life” was jumped on by Romney-ites as though Michael Jordan had been given a… Read full post »

A-GRass Günter  Grass, the 1999 Nobel Prize winning German writer, sculptor, playwright and illustrator has now been officially made an official persona non grata in Israel. He is not welcome to visit. In fact, he has been banned from entering the country at all by Israel's ultra-orthodoxRead full post »

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MARCH 13, 2012 3:37PM

Learning to Live in a Multi-polar World

uncle-sam  The doggedness of old habits

The old saying that old habits die hard is a good thing to think about these days. It used to be that post-war American foreign policy was reasonably understandable, even by a young 7th grader in the mid-1950's like myself. The American world/… Read full post »

Berkeley, 1969. National Guardsmen take over the streets over Peoples Park. It appears the Republican Party is making an all out, full frontal assault on women as we get into high gear this election season. The bullet points below were cut and pasted from various places around the net.
  • The Susan B. Komen
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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 1:06PM

Obama Continues to Box In His Opposition


Nothing could more obvious – and to a progressive, encouraging. Barack Obama has managed, particularly since the disaster of the 2010 midterm elections, to box in the GOP into narrower and narrower confines. And in doing so he has opened up a 15 point lead in some polls over his/…

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FEBRUARY 3, 2012 1:52PM

The Persistence of Prejudice

My great grantparents, grandfather and great uncle.

My great aunt, great grandmother, great grandfather and grandfather, about 1903


There is a city in eastern Turkey called Harput. It's not much more than a remnant of a middle sized city. It was from there that my grandfather, Ohannes Peshekerian, his brother, Avadis, and a/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 11:22AM

I need a new religion

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I need a new religion. I've come to the conclusion that American-style Christianity sucks. I've just recently realized that that the one I (pretty much) was a member of has decided that they really, really want to make everyone else think like they do - and if you don't,… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 1:21PM

And then there were two...

ROmney In one of the strangest twists in American political history, the Republican party, after just two primary contests and a so-called caucus in Iowa has winnowed its presidential offerings to two of the unlikeliest persons imaginable. Neither of the two engender even a hint of enthusiasm amon… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2012 11:33AM

The Romney/GOP Dilemma

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As he has been pursuing for the last 6 years, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney may finally be getting close to the the nomination he has, up to now, fruitlessly sought: to get himself elected the 45th President of these United States. Yet, in an almost cruel/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 21, 2011 12:39PM

John Boehner Operating on Borrowed Time?

boehner  Is John Boehner (R-OH) long for his job as Speaker of the House? Is he an example of the Peter Principle in politics, which is to say that he's reached the point of being  ineffective? This man, the 3rd in line to the Presidency may be on… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 12:09PM

The Quiet Ending to an Awful War


This week President Obama, in keeping a 2008 campaign promise, declared the war in Iraq to be over. The last American soldier deployed to that sad country will be home for Christmas. The administration has stated that Iraq's time to become a working republic, to take responsibility fo… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2011 2:31PM

The Coming Real Estate Re-Meltdown

Mopnoply All you owners of real property which has a note attached to it, pay attention! And, if you're in foreclosure or about to be foreclosed on,  pay close attention.

So far, it's been a pretty quiet but a potential – no, let us say here,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 1:02PM

Thoughts on a Dying Town.



The autumn fog is as thick as porridge. It is a mind numbing, disorienting vail of gray-white, so thick that one cannot see beyond 20 yards. In the hours before sunlight the quiet is almost deafening. I take my first cup of coffee outside to the… Read full post »

 October 7, 2011

Dear Senator Murray and Congresswoman Pelosi:

This morning in the mail I received a solicitation for money from the respective campaign committees which you each chair, along with a questionnaire asking for my opinion on a range of issues. (I get them every week, it… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 6, 2011 8:31AM

Obama Is Still in the Driver's Seat.

Call him lucky, call him smart, call him a consummate pol but whatever noun you choose to define him with, the potential for the current White House incumbent to face an opponent with broad appeal to the opposition party has not emerged and, with only 30 days left for someone toRead full post »