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Big brother’s watching

Big Brother? Hah! George Orwell warned us about Big Brother. He wrote the novel 1984 about a totalitarian state. One in which authorities watched what everybody did. All the ... read more...


A royal capitalist

Prince Charles, you forgot something! Britain’s Prince Charles visited us recently. His parting message was a strong criticism of capitalism. It is an economic system with en... read more...


Six difficult words

Heroes stride among us. My nomination for that status is Jonathan Capehart. He writes columns for the Washington Post. Jonathan bought the “hands up” claim in the Ferguson me... read more...


Job one: Lie

Now you could get upset over all the whoppers public figures fling at you. You could. You could proclaim that evil abounds across the fruited plain. Or, you could become phi... read more...


A Scott Walker education

Here is a question for you. Does a president of this country need a college degree? Voters will ponder that if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs for the White House. Often the... read more...


Presidential persuasion

It is fashionable these days to speak about “teaching moments.” The crisis du jour often becomes one. Well, there is a teaching moment emanating from the White House that is... read more...


Interesting times

You can tell your grandkids you lived in historic times. You witnessed key turning points for billions of people. One is the energy revolution. Maybe you hate fossil fuels.... read more...


Torch Obamacare

Republicans, here is a vote-winning idea for you. Create a huge bonfire. On the mall in Washington. Have everybody bring copies of the massive Obamacare bill. Pile them high. ... read more...


The age of irony

‘Tis the Age of Irony. That is, an era when what is happening is opposite to what our leaders expect. Opposite to what they promise, predict and promote. ‘Tis the age of chea... read more...


The Ebola blame game

The political dogs were frothing this week. They blamed George W. Bush for the Ebola outbreak. One TV ad proclaimed that “Republican Cuts Kill”. It claimed big healthcare cuts... read more...


Their own laws

Forgive me for my thickness, please. But these items are in the news a lot and I don’t understand them. One is how various institutions act as if they have their own laws. Fo... read more...


Who cares in the NFL?

You no doubt have heard of the current mess in the NFL over violence. Not violence on the field. The violence of some players off the field. They have been caught beating thei... read more...


A history lesson

The mess around Iraq makes me wonder if anyone in this administration reads history. After WWI many Europeans were at each other’s throats. They shifted borders, stole land f... read more...


Getting what we deserve

As you know, our president is not so popular these days. Most every move he makes is opposed by a majority of Americans. Well, we deserve this. We the people elected him. Wit... read more...


Loving a uniform

There’s something about most of us that loves a uniform. Whether we wear it or see it on somebody else. And there is something about conformity. Most of us love it. Maybe you... read more...



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