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- The Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
- June 05
- Cogito, ergo piscis.
MY RECENT POSTS
- 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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Like one of those kid’s punching bag clowns hung on a piece of spring steel which refuse to go down no matter how hard you hit it, Ron Paul, the bellweather Libertarian doctor/congressman takes the licking but keeps on, well, ticking away at his doctrine that government… 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 »
His campaign rhetoric stirred the nation - exhausted and broke from six years of war and in the throes of a financial collapse not seen in four generations - into electing, for the very first time, a non-white president of the republic. Young and old alike believed… 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 half century is a long time in a human life. In 1961, I graduated from high school, a fresh faced kid living in a suburban San Francisco home with nothing in particular on his mind in terms of a career. I had some vague notions of being a musician… Read full post »
So, there I was, in the men’s room of Detroit Metro Airport, the opinionated, liberal, know-it-all college guy who spent a working career living a reasonably good life. I reared my family, got the ones with talent through university, converted the rest into safely contributing members… Read full post »
- A conservative Florida congressman sends salacious emails to an underage congressional page.
- An Idaho U.S. Senator/ … Read full post »
What we thought would never happen has, in fact, happened!
The latest shocker from the U.S. Census Bureau is that married couples now make up a minority of American households. You can argue either way for whether this is good or bad. It was bad enough… Read full post »
My father was of "The Greatest Generation" before it was called one. He grew up on the side of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, in a heavily Irish and German neighborhood, went to St. Teresa’s Church and school, then on to Mission High School, graduating in 1936 (pictured,… Read full post »
15 Ways to Blow Up a Political Party In America: A Lesson in the Arrogance of Power
It's not that the Democratic Party leadership is composed of visionaries who can bounce back after a huge defeat, but when your opposition hands you a loaded gun and puts up a… Read full post »
I knew it! I just KNEW it. I knew it as soon as the news got out that Mr. Universe married into the most iconic family in American history, there was something about this guy which just didn't play right in my pea brain.
What?, I thought. A… 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 »
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Paul Ryan, the affable, handsome, Reaganesque congressman from Wisconsin’s 1st District has now been handed the Republican battle flag as the GOP puts forth its latest version of version “Let-Us-Screw-Up-the-Economy-but-You-Pay-for-It” for consideration by the Congress of th… Read full post »
Six weeks ago, in the midst of the Egyptian revolution, I wrote a piece which basically posed a question as to whether democracy was breaking out in the Middle East. At the time, it appeared almost a foregone conclusion that something really different was going on all over the Arab-spea/… Read full post »
Evan Bayh: You gotta love the guy for his brass, if nothing else in the world.
Lest we delude ourselves into believing that Democratic politicians are materially different than those nasty, materialistic Republicans, we turn now to the subject of what those crazy liberal politician… Read full post »
Irony stranger than fiction: Political events in the Silver State (Nevada) are about to explode once again, due almost entirely to a sitting senator with a rigidly impossible libido. Republican Senator John Ensign, now facing ethics charges in connection with enjoyment of the &nb… Read full post »
First let’s get something out on the table. I was a born, reared and educated a Roman Catholic. I came up, from grammar school through high school, in the arms of “Holy Mother the Church.” – a church with a 2,000 year-old faith tradition which, in those two… Read full post »
It was a typical winter’s morning along the Oregon coast: It was miserably gray, and cold, and damp. And it had been raining steadily and hard for the last three weeks. Now there was a break. It had let up for three days, giving the rivers time to lower their… Read full post »
The events of the last several days in Egypt have taught – or should teach – some valuable lessons. We have witnessed a peaceful, popular coupe d’etat in the Middle East which most Americans - let alone Egyptians and Tunisians – believed could never happen in a… Read full post »
I’ve seen it before. I watched it all unfold on television in 1978, when the Rev. Jim Jones relieved himself and 900 of his faithful followers, along with my congressman, Leo Ryan, of this earthly life, drinking cyanide laced Kool-Aid in the jungles of Guiana. (Ryan was shot to… 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 »
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