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|Does PBS stiff Bernie?
Last night was the third opportunity for us to learn about candidates for president from PBS, our PUBLICLY SUPPORTED NETWORK. This supposedly means a network that reflects the views of every segment ...
Just a tiny question: If someone is against spending more money to help Israelis and that makes him anti-Israel, then what do we call Republicans who are against spending money to help American ...
|Continuing the Pledge Break
As I have written numerous times, the Pledge of Allegiance may well be the most sarcastic paragraph our children have ever been convinced (or coerced) into reciting. First, make no mistake - it is ...
|Capitalism is successful.
Before one can tell whether something is working right, we have to ask what it's supposed to do. I maintain capitalism is doing exactly what it was designed to do and is doing it well. One mistake ...
We're hearing grumbles from he "left" about Barack Obama. He speaks well, but he isn't following up on his rhetoric to combat the corporate takeover of America, the rental of the Congress and the ...
|Another Modest Proposal
The vexing problem of thousands of children daring to seek what was promised on the Statue of Liberty in the radical, commie-socialist poem of Emma Lazarus ("Give me your tired, your poor, your ...
|Patriotism Test for Memorial Day
This will be a shortie. The test I propose is a measure of true as opposed to phony patriotism fed to the American public on this solemn holiday honoring our fallen men and women in the battle to ...
|This is the Question
In the thousands of posts discussing what's wrong with America and more thousands pointing fingers in all directions, I'd like to clear up one important point, on which most of the other arguments ...
|Of Shooting and Ships
Now that the great state of Florida has posted another Trayvon Martin version of justice, it might be helpful to attempt pinning the blame where it belongs - on us. We haven't been speaking to ...
Since what Stephen Colbert calls the "Superb Owl" is over and Seattle is still drinking some of the nation's best beer, I nevertheless feel it may be time to ask whether football is truly America's ...
|The Apple and the Worm
Picture an apple named "America" on a shelf. Most objective observers have declared it rotten. Fewer than one in five citizens trust its integrity. Although it looks OK, it's no longer firm and ...
|Keeping Track of 1984
In 1948, a visionary writer named George Orwell imagined a world of the future and it didn't look good. Despite it seeming so far away, he reversed the last two digits and titled the book "1984" and ...
|The Dim Dynasty
The uproar over Phil lRobertson's identification of sexual love with solely what goes underneath one's underpants has, as usual, missed the point. What the Lead Duck of the Dynasty said was ...
We've gotten really good at bitching. On the KOS, naturally, we specialze in pointing out the mutitude of hypocrisies that constitute the myths of the even playing field, the beneficial invisible ...
|Are We Wal-Mart?
We've all seen them. The pictures of masses of cowding, shoving people battling to get the cashmere sweaters on sale for only $39.95. The mobs clutching at their oversized packages of 70" television ...
|A Fair Question
Are you proud of America? As a citizen, this is a question you should be happy to answer. After all, you've been told that this is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, the land ...
|Flying North for the Winter
Like a dim duck flying north for the winter, the Republican Party is having a real problem assessing blame for its droopy showing on election day.
|Freedom from Religion
This is one of those facile headlines that everyone from anti-God fanatics to thoughtful Constitutional students bring up when talking about the First Amendment. It's based on the premise that the ...
|A tiny diary
When I was young and America was much newer, my kids pestered me and my wife to allow them to do something because "all the other kids do it." We'd smile and explain, "but you are not the other kids."
|Time for Change? I hope not.
In my judgment, the United States has never been riper for a change of government in its history. By "change," I don't necessarily mean a new set of legislators or another face in the White House. I ...
|A word about teachers..
There seems to be two types of stories about teachers. One, appearing regularly, tells about a teacher who puts his or her life at risk to protect students from someone else with a gun - as in Sandy ...
|Allegiance to what?
The last poll I saw gave the positive opinion of the Congress of the United States at a little over twenty percent. In other words, almost eighty out of a hundred citizens of this Republic think ...
|Thanks, Ted Cruz
For years, I've been trying to come up with a new word. Often,I've come close, only to find that someone has beaten me to it and, worse, written something far better using the word than I could have ...
|An "F" for The Bogus
I like to excel in what I do. Accordingly, when I make a mistake, I like to make the kind of error that causes total strangers to howl with glee and emit expressions like, "What an asshole!" or "Now ...
In my last diary, I wrote about Elon Musk and closed with the sentence: "God, I hope he succeeds." As most of my friends know, I am an atheist. How, then, can this idiot ask for divine ...
|The Tesla Torpedo?
Zero to 60 in a little over four seconds. Consumer Reports raves about it. Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Large wating lists as stock prices rise. In short, Elon Musk sems to have come up with ...
|The Prophets of Stupid
Most recently, I've been spending some time wondering how a PFC who was diagnosed with a gender disorder, who possibly was a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome and who was clearly a disturbed person ...
|If it were Snowdenski?
Just imagine the following scenario: A minor member of the Politburo decides that the work he is being asked to do for the Kremlin is in violation of the Russian constitution. Torn by conscience, he ...
I've written many blogs about the abuses corporate capitalism has perpetrated against our country and the definitely outmoded concept that all people are created equal. We've seen companies like ...
|The IRS, the Tea Party and Us...
Say the words "Tea Party" and the image in our minds is not Boston harbor in 1775. Nor should it be the image of Simon Legree chasing Eliza across the ice. As a matter of fact, there are some things ...
|The Reason for our Unhappiness
In 2008, America rejoiced. My wife and I were in France and witnessed the happiness of the throngs of visitors and natives alike at the "Au revoir, Bush" signs that appeared on walls and in windows.
|First things first.
I'bve written countless diaries about the United States turning into a country concerned only with money and controlled by corporate interests who care far more about net worth than human worth. ...
|Good for the Goose
Senator Rand Paul is upset. The scandal of certain folks in the IRS targeting Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status has gotten the Senator to the point that he's screaming for justice ...
|Do as I Say...
Let's check off some of the things this country is "all about," according to popular rumor: 1.A respect for our fellow man. 2.An appreciation of the finer things in life. 3.A high standard of ...
|Murder- personal and corporate
When two brothers (be sure to include "of Chechan origin") committed the incredibly stupid and completely insane act of random murder in Boston, America rose up in horror, vowing to hunt the killers ...
|The Villain of the Piece(2)
I've been busy looking for villains, as many of us have been. Likewise, the majority also has mostly agreed that corporate America - not the old capitalism of small business, but the new. modern ...
|Good luck, Francis.
Habemus papem. Well, the Catholics do, and he seems to be a great choice. Humble, down-to-earth, seemingly a really nice guy. However, as much as I would like to predict a successful pontificate,
|Right Makes Might
Johnny comes home with a note from the teacher saying that Johnny cheated on a test. When asked, Johnny admits doing this, but tells his daddy he did it trying to get good marks, which he, Daddy, ...
|A Pledge - to what?
"I pledge allegiance to the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands." These words were written by Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy, in 1892. He had been forced to leave ...
|The Pursuit of Prosperity
We're just going to have to run harder. A new survey published in Forbes magazine lists the happiest countries in the world and America isn't even in the top ten. It wasn't a small survey, ...
|A Poem For Our Times
A while ago, I wanted to see if I could write a poem that offended both the ultra-liberals and the ultra-conservatives, but still contained enough truth that could open a discussion about what I ...
|O Ye of Little Faith
There was a kid in my high school who was probably the strongest person I knew. His name was Matthew. Being black in the 1940s in a small New Jersey town wasn't a bed of roses, but no one ever had a ...
|Life Without Texas?
The movement to pry the state of Texas from the unwelcome embrace of the United States is, according to some news reports, gaining strength. If they do, one city, Austin, is talking about prying ...
|How to Tell Conservatives From CAPAC
In the labelistic frenzy that besets our country from time to time, surely none can rival the tags "liberal" and "conservative" - except the universal epithet "idiot" that's bestowed with equal ...
December is a one-track month. Everything seems to be on hold for the first 24 days with all the talk about the 25th. We briefly ackowledge Pearl Harbor Day, a mass shooting or two and a constipated ...
This is just a short Christmas wish: Please tell the press flack who is no doubt getting huge sums of money for putting Kim Kardashian's name in front of us every day that we give up. We promise to ...
|A Defense of Scrooge
Before the seasonal madness that we have manufactured as a substitute for what once was a religious holiday begins, I feel it would be a public service to present a defense of the anti-Christmas ...
With Black Friday insanity currently gripping what's left of the American psyche and the battle over a California Christmas display heading for the courts, I have to question the fundamental premise ...
|Shades of Gray
The latest scandal of the week is General John Allen, who allegedly exchanged “flirtatious” e-mails with a wealthy socialite who has a sexy twin sister and who got intimidating e-mails from the ...
|Food For More Thought
I've been chattering about the meaninglessness of the words "liberal" and "conservative" for years. Now, here's another log for the fire: Find a real, dyed-in-the-wool, rock-ribbed Republican who's ...
|In case you didn't read this....
I came across this article from the Los Angeles Times by David Lazarus and felt it was a must for everyone to read. It shows clearly the mind-set of the people who are trying to run the United ...
|The Biggest Unasked Question
We've sat through three "debates" now and come away with the usual sports-type reaction about who "won" and who "lost" and who landed the best "punches" or who "bobbed and weaved" or "scored." My ...
|Next! Waiting in Line as Metaphor
Few of us haven't had the experience of waiting in line. Whether in a snaking parade outside a stadium or at an airport, supermarket or bank, we've waited. We've all had the experience of seeing ...
|I Told You So.....
On Oct. 1, I wrote a dairy that said, "Jim Lehrer of PBS will be the moderator, although what he will moderate remains a secret. The chances of any real conflict Wednesday evening is slim and the ...
|My Basic Question
Millions of Americans will be listening to and watching the meeting between Barack Obama and Willard Romney in order to find out what, if anything, they have in mind for the United States from now ...
|The End of the Silence of the Lambs
The Republicans have kicked off the latest attempt to snatch defeat from the shoe-filled mouths of its candidates for Prez and Vice-Prez by leveling a charge that has always worked in the past - ...
|Here We Go Again
The nation is divided. Many states are against any federal interference in the private lives of individuals. They consider the government an enemy of freedom. Some of their citizens openly call for ...
|Our Myth of Evil
When you hear the word "evil," what comes to mind? Osama bin Laden? Dick Cheney? Bank of America? The CIA? Vladimir Putin? Raoul Castro? Whoever or whatever it may be, I'm here to question your ...
Old people generally take a long time to embrace new technologies. It took me five years before I felt comfortable tacking LOL on an e-mail, to say nothing of the more exaggerated ROFL and the ...
|A Nation of Idiots
Before you go looking for your shotgun (or, more likely, AK-47). let me explain the title of the diary. I have just finished a two-hour tour of the internet, including the Kos, and stopped counting ...
|What's in a Game?
You remember games. Tag, Hide and Seek, Stickball- things like that. A bunch of kids get together and agree on some loose rules and proceed to have fun. Fun - there's another thing you may remember. ...
|Bad News is Good
On Yahoo today, I noticed two adjacent items in the section they laughingly describe as "news." The first noted the slowest growth in economic activity in a year - well under the 2% forecast. The ...
|Is Scopes Dead?
Yesterday, in the birthstate of the Scopes "Monkey" trial of the 1920's, Tennessee struck again, this time in the town of Murphreeboro. Judge Todd Campbell gave the final approval for occupancy of ...
Two items have tickled us this week. One is the fulminating fervor of Harry Reid and assorted other lightweights on both sides of the political aisle about U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in - China!
|Recipe for Survival
It's hard to read or listen to any media outlet (except perhaps those belonging to Rupert Murdoch) without being regaled about greed. Kossacks are well aware of this, of course, being convinced that ...
|Heads They Win...
KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. That seems to be the motto, not only of the "conservative" campaign on behalf of the ninety-nine percent, but also the "liberal" response. The truth, friends, is that ...
|An Unpleasant Possibility
Union leaders and volunteers in Wisconsin are scratching their heads while pondering why Scott Walker - the representative of union-busting corporate America - walked away with his seat intact ...
|You might be a Socialist if........
Jeff Foxworthy made a great deal of money and quite a bit of sense when he wrote his best-selling "You Might be a Redneck if..." (for instance...."you and your dog used the same tree." These days, ...
I thought, in the middle of deep thinking and grave debates about the condition of the country, it might be fun to have a game to test people's take on political and human values. The game goes like ...
|We're Number 37!!!!!
In a country where being the best is drilled into our heads, especially by the most patriotic citizens (with the greatest number of flag pins in their lapels), it must come as a terrible shock to ...
|Who Are We?
The world is fascinated by the current trial of confessed mass-murderer Anders Breivik, whose actions in Norway touched off an explosion of emotions almost as violent as the bomb Breivik detonated ...
|Ever Since Eve.....
....got talked into sharing that apple with Dumb Old Adam, everybody and his brother have been gunning for the snake. The snake, BTW, earned the wrath of the garden's owner by leading the ...
|Playing with Words
In countless diaries, people have bickered about liberals and conservatives without defining either. I have contributed to this by muddying the waters and have been duly called to task for ...
|The opposite of "Conservative?"
Before you say, "Liberal," hold on for a minute. I've just been reading still another set of arguments about who's the most conservative of the four Republican candidates and whether President ...
|Tomlinson for President?
Ever heard of Homer Tomlinson? No? Well, his is an interesting and instructive story. The Rev. Tomlinson was the 1952, 1960, 1964, and 1968 Presidential nominee of the Theocratic Party. He ...
|My Oh My, Another Curse
Since my last diatribe about bigness, I've been examining the various curses our fair republic has been and is being exposed to, not least of which is the Rick Santorum brand of Americanism. Actually,
|The Patron, the Prostitute and the Pimp
In every U.S. state but one, prostitution is a big no-no. However, as in many other professions, there is a strict hierarchy ranging from the vendors dismissedly called "two-bit" to the millionaire ...
|The Curse of Big
In a recent TV examination of why Germany is the strongest economy in Europe, it was brought out that the heart of the German economy is the small, family-run business. It examined the work ethic of ...
The latest news from Iraq seems to indicate that we have failed to bring a peaceful democracy to the region. The Sunni and Shia factions are still mad at each other, the Christians are being singled ...
|The unasked question
For every candidate, Republican or Democrat, there is a question that, to my knowledge, has not been asked in any "debate," press conference or interview. We have heard every candidate, including ...
|The Whole (and only)Truth
Pick up a newspaper - any newspaper - and you're liable to find a story about some fundamentalist Muslim blowing him/herself up to score a point about the superiority of one version of Islam over ...
|Win Some, Lose Some
This week marked the deaths of two opposite personalities. Kim Jon Il, the reclusive leader of North Korea went to his reward only a few days after Vaclav Havel, the leader of Checkoslovakia's ...
"I never, never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home."
Sometimes I get so sick of griping about hypocritical politicians, I feel like just turning off the switch and griping about something more specific. After all, hypocrisy among politicians is a very ...
It's only fair. If we're going to have a holiday where we can give thanks for the stuff others have given us, we can damn well have one where we can accept thanks for trying to stop those who ...
|God - again
In Detroit, Michigan, thousands are gathering to restore God to our "Baal-based" country. The forces of Satan, apparently, are about to take over, thanks to humanists, leftists, socialists, atheists ...
Cheer up. There is hope in the world. Who says so? The NRA. Yes, the National Rifle Association has a message for you besides the one about guns not killing people. I got it as an enclosure with a ...
|Onward, Christian Soldiers
When Sir Arthur Sullivan (yes, the Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan) wrote what is arguably Christianity's most famous hymn, he must have been thinking of some other religion. As I have read ...
|Write On, Write Off
This one is going to be unpopular. I know this because in the past, I've written diaries that deviated from the accepted Kossack take on things, and I've gotten slammed for it. However, with the ...
|Waiting for the Girthquake
If you go by the newspapers and the breathless mainstream media, the most important announcement in history, aside from the Second Coming, will be the decision by New Jersey governor Chris Christie ...
|One More Down
Well, folks, here we go again. For the second time in very recent memory, a terrorist has been killed by U.S. armed forces, thus striking a "severe blow" to Al-Qaeda and allegedly further weakening ...
|9/11 for Fun and Profit
Like most of you, I sat through at least five "salutes" to the brave and innocent victims of the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. I saw dozens of people srtruggling to control their ...
|Home Grown Wisdom Translated
Sometimes, we say things often enough that they become true by repetition. If we do this long enough, the thing becomes part of our folklore and goes into the books as Homegrown Wisdom, which is ...
|The Invisible Hand
Well, dang! Just when I thought I'd gotten a handle on the whole free-market thing, they went and changed the rules on me. You see, the way those smooth guys on Fox explained it, when you have ...
|The Valley of the Wolves
In a web article from CNN entitled "The No-Vacation Nation," it was pointed out that American workers have less time off with more strings attached when they do than any other industrial nation on ...
|Mine, All Mine
The first independent study of the disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia- a 113-page report produced by an independent team of investigators appointed by former West Virginia Gov. Joe ...
|Do as I say...
Down the street from our condo, there's a business. On the porch of that business - the one facing a well-travelled street - is a sign that prohibits loitering except on business and warns the ...
|In Praise of The Donald
There is little doubt that Donald Trump would be the perfect candidate to lead the Republican Party in their quest for presidential and congressional control in 2012. This man has virtually ...
Terry Jones, whose latest Christ-like gesture was to preside at a Florida burning of the Koran, is probably chortling in his sleep over the murder of several U.N. workers in Pakistan in protest of ...
|The Role of God
As we repeatedly see the tragedy of the Japanese earhtquake and tsunami - just as we saw the tragedy of the Haitian earthquake, the Indonesian tsunami and the various other "natural" disasters ...
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