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Another Republican Class Act

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The NJ state Republican web site was running a banner slogan saying "Obama Loves America like OJ Loved Nicole" - boy, that's the kind of political discourse that elevates the process.  Who, them racist?  No "oh my God, it's a scary black man!" theme there.  Subtle as a flying mallet, ...

A Grateful Patriot, not a Proud Nationalist

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Thinking about the meaning of Independence Day... maybe I'm weird, but I've always wondered about people taking pride in something they had no part in accomplishing, whether that's who their ancestors were or winning the Revolutionary War.  Maybe it has to do with confusing different definitions of the word "pride",  ...

So You Think You Have Health Insurance?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Take a look at this video titled "Insurance Jive" - it dramatizes the way that insurance companies in California have begun making a systematic practice of illegally cancelling people's policies if they actually have the nerve to get sick; in the actual case portrayed in the video, Health Net cancelled ...

Change Is In the Wind

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

In the "Too Little Too Late But Definitely Better Than Nothing" category, the House passed Representative Dennis Kucinich's HR 1258 and voted 251-166 to refer impeachment charges against George W. Bush to the Judiciary Committee. It may get bogged down until he stumbles out of office about seven months from now, ...

The Doublemint Candidate

Friday, June 6th, 2008

A lot of John McCain's support is based on his portraying himself as a 'straight talker' who speaks his mind, damn the consequences.  The truth is that he's taken diametrically opposite stances on a lot of key issues - it seems as if he says whatever he thinks his current ...

Helping Heroes Heal

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Every war is the same, and every war is unique. They’re all the same in that they destroy in seconds what took people years to create.  They all destroy lives, families, communities, dreams, possibilities.  They all squander wealth and talent that could otherwise have done an infinite number of things to make the ...

Bubble, Bubble, Who’s In the Bubble?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Bubbles have been in the news a lot in recent years. The president and his advisors are sometimes said to live in a bubble where they are insulated from unpleasant facts and views; the economy has suffered from the housing and dot-com bubbles, among others. But a story in the April ...

National Self-Examination Day?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The NY Times posted this intriguing story about why we human beings inflict pranks, humiliation, and degradation on each other, the varied motives we have ranging from malice to a fond spirit of fun, and the different ways we react to being on the receiving end running the gamut from ...

A Conservative Republican’s Problem With Dick Cheney

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Mickey Edwards is the author of "Reclaiming Conservatism" and served as a Republican Congressman from 1977 to 1993.  He was a long-time ally and supporter of Vice President Cheney, but as he notes in this piece in the Washington Post, cannot reconcile his respect for the office and the man ...

Why Spitzer Had to Go?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Here’s another one sent to me by Chris – this time by my son Chris rather than my friend-since -ninth-grade Chris: http://www.b rasschecktv. com/page/291 .html As the link points out, the takedown of Elliott Spitzer for admittedly sleazy behavior, using what should have been confidential FBI information, took place ...

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