ALONE IN THE CURRENT
- The Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
- June 05
- Cogito, ergo piscis.
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- The Bullies in the NRA
December 22, 2012 03:31PM
- Who Are We?
December 15, 2012 03:26AM
- The Rubber Is Meeting the
Road: Boca Raton and Beyond
September 18, 2012 12:14PM
- R2 = D2?: How to Blow a
Presidential Election in One
August 11, 2012 03:16PM
- The Unspoken Victim in
July 21, 2012 12:14PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Judas Priest! Is it that
I think you're
feeling a little homesick.
April 16, 2013 09:50AM
- “Having defrocked myself
somewhere between the age of
25, just about the
April 16, 2013 09:43AM
- “I keep looking for
administrative signs of life
over here and
December 26, 2012 10:23AM
- “I loved the headline,
In a class by himself, I
December 15, 2012 10:27AM
- “@ Paul
Romney have to pick his VP
Because he's losing.
August 12, 2012 10:07AM
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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/…
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 to… Read full post »
As most of the world breathes a sigh of relief that Muammar Gaddafi is now (nearly, but inevitably) history, the great question remains: Now what?
Libya, which has been repeatedly colonized for 2500 years, starting with the ancient Phoenicians, continued under Greeks, Romans, Vand/… Read full post »
It didn’t have to be this way. No, it didn’t; but there are no more lions among the sheep. Reason and comity have taken leave of the body politik over the last 30 or so years, to the point where the elected leaders are now the followers. They… Read full post »
Rupert Murdoch’s current problems in the UK and - through a chain of chess piece executives who work for him on both sides of the Atlantic - the United States, point out just how tenuous and ephemeral our notions of a vigorous and healthy free press have become… Read full post »
- A conservative Florida congressman sends salacious emails to an underage congressional page.
- An Idaho U.S. Senator/ … Read full post »
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
– Sun Tsu, The Art of War
First, some statistics: This year (2011) alone:
- We have spent $15 billion dollars on the War on Drugs so far … Read full post »
When Barack Obama was finally declared the victor in 2008, I, along with millions of other Americans, scores of pundits, newspapers, magazines, TV personalities, pollsters, and other politics junkies seemed to take a giant, self-deserved, bow to the world. The working phrase for the literat… Read full post »
In May of 1969, I was 25 years old and living in a duplex just a few miles south of San Francisco. Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King were dead not a year. The anti-war movement was taking hold like no one could have… Read full post »
Once Fox New's biggest ratings getter, Glenn Beck, like a car on its last few gallons of gasoline, may have reached the end of the line. As of this past January, his ratings suffered a 39% drop, year to year, averaging a paltry 1.8 million daily viewers last… Read full post »
For days now, we’ve seen images of the rallies in Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square. Today, a million Egyptians from all walks of life are turning out to demand an end to the Mubarak autocracy and free elections to form a new “people powered” government.
Certainly, all… Read full post »
Once again, the national breast beating continues uninterrupted after Americans read with horror about the actions of a deranged monster who decided to convert his rage into murder and mayhem. We again ask the same old questions: What is wrong with us? Why are we such a violent people? What ca… Read full post »
In an almost astonishing departure from no-holds-barred capitalism, China has discovered that if they are to continue their 30 year, double digit economic growth they must have to have consumers other then foreign customers for their exports: consumers like their own people.
With… Read full post »
So-called "liberals and progressives," which I take to mean Democrats who stand a little more to the left than, say, the Clintonistas of the 90's, have been pulling their hair out by the hank with this most recent "caving in " on the part of the Administration in order to… Read full post »
It is a fair bet that sometime in the next 6 years - likely starting in 2012 - one or more of the Supreme Court Justices will retire. Ruth Badar Ginsburg will be 79 in 2012; Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy both will be 76; Steven Breyer will be… Read full post »