Observing Life Through Polarized Glasses
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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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AUGUST 25, 2011 2:20PM

Libya: The Hard Work Begins

Libya 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 »

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AUGUST 2, 2011 12:17PM

When Courage Fails: A Lesson in Political Cowardice

Debt-Ceiling-Dig 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 »

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JULY 10, 2011 2:49PM

What Rupert Murdoch Teaches Us

murdoch 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 »

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JUNE 7, 2011 1:33PM

What's With Politicians These Days, Anyway?

Briefly thyself remember: the sword is out
That must destroy thee.
– King Lear


  • A conservative Florida congressman sends salacious emails to an underage congressional page.
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MAY 25, 2011 12:39PM

GOP Sharpens the Choices for 2012

Astonishingly, and not content to lose New York’s 26th congressional district to a Democrat for the first time since anyone can remember, the Republican leadership – in the person of House majority leader Eric Cantor - has poured salt an open wound by proposing to… Read full post »
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MAY 3, 2011 2:32AM

The Institutionalization of the War on Drugs


There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.  

– Sun Tsu, The Art of War


WAr on Drugs



First, some statistics: This year (2011) alone:

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APRIL 29, 2011 9:07AM

The Myth of the Post-Racial Society

A-INauguralWhen 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 »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2011 7:35AM

Reagan at 100: My Version



Some  Background

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 »

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FEBRUARY 4, 2011 7:29AM

The Slow, Relentless Disintegration of Glenn Beck

BeckOnce 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

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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 11:39AM

Is Democracy Breaking Out in the Middle East?

EGYPTIAN FLAGFor 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 »

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JANUARY 12, 2011 10:11AM

Tucson Will Change Nothing


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 »

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DECEMBER 29, 2010 2:13PM

The Chinese Repudiate Reaganomics

ChinaNoteIn 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 »

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DECEMBER 21, 2010 12:39PM

The Turnidges and Me: Staring at the Death Penalty

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     Like most Oregonians, I suppose, I’ve been following the trial of the Turnidges, father and son, with a bit more than ordinary interest. I say more than ordinary because I was one of 625  Marion County citizens who were summoned to serve on
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DECEMBER 16, 2010 11:07AM

Obama Is Being Obama: A Reevaluation.

OfficialSo-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 »

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DECEMBER 10, 2010 8:09PM

The Importance of New START

Gordian KnotIf the bombardment [of London by V-bombs] really becomes a serious nuisance and great rockets with far-reaching and devastating effect fall on many centres . . . I may certainly have to ask you to support me in using poison gas. We
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DECEMBER 8, 2010 12:27PM

Why 2012 Counts: The Quiet Battle for the Courts

statue-of-lady-justiceIt 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 »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 10:49AM

The Strange Tale of Dr. Andy Harris

andyAndy Harris, until his election as a Republican member of the House of Representatives this fall, was a practicing anesthesiologist in Maryland and he was mad. He was so mad at the Democrats and Barack Obama at passing the Health Care Reform Act, one provision of which gives health care… Read full post »