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|Tempest over Bergdahl deal mostly irrelevant
The return of our captive soldier has created lots of noise -- but most of it is posturing with little rationale and useless ...
|Obama chooses to talk tough and carry a small stick
It is a tough sell, heavily criticized by the jingoists on the right and hawks on the left, but it is the right course for our nation at this time and place.
|Breaking news! Obama not a candidate for anything.
You would not know it by the personal attacks on the president. The reasons are ugly, and worth exploring.
|Oh...how I pity the young.
At 81 I would not trade places with the youth of today. Mostly, I just liked when I grew up better than today's world. Read on to see why....
|The myth of America's liberal media...again!
It just won't go away -- as conservatives continue to complain that our country's mainstream media treats them and their message unfairly. Only one thing wrong...it isn't true!
|GOP votes on unemployment insurance is a metaphor for deeper economic positions
When the right votes against extending unemployment benefits, it tears away the curtain on how they really feel abut the poorest and most needy in our ...
|Snowden tarnished his good deed with deplorable actions
He could have been a hero...instead he turned himself into nothing more than a thief on the run.
|Hey, I'm a kid again!
As we age, a funny thing happens on our journey -- we regress to our youth, and that's not all bad.
|Mitigating considerations for the ACA website failure
Sit back, relax, the Obamacare website will soon be running well -- the delay is commonly expected, the new normal for introducing complex technology.
|Obama polls essentially irrelevant
Americans love polls. They get plenty of them. But when it comes to rating a president, they are essentially meaningless and actually irrelevant.
|ACA website only a metaphor for larger problems
While we discuss the effects of the Obamacare website on our healthcare system, the controversy would better serve us if it brings up larger societal issues.
|Stop already! Enough with the petitions.
They are relentless. They are prolific. They are often inane. They are mostly useless. They scream “urgency”. And now they are becoming exhausting.
|The NRA is right...that is why they are wrong
If this appears to be an odd conclusion, and an oxymoron, if you will... let me ...
|The American Revolution II
Virtually all the pieces are in place for a second American Revolution. Most revolve around the great disparity in wealth and income in our nation. Could it happen? Will it happen? Read on...
|Five myths about our United States government
There are many more, but these five never seem to go away. Let's try once more.
|Some casual comments on growing old
At 80 years old, I look back and wonder what the hell happened?
|The dumbest legislative proposal in history
Dumb actions often have unseen consequences, like this one...
|The disintegration of news casting
TV news today is incompetent, unprofessional, filled with flaws and failures... and badly in need of repair.
|Disdain of Obama goes over the top
The reasons are subtle, troubling and insidious; and they are not related to his politics.
|In defense of vacillation
This may prove to be one of the most unpopular diaries on these pages... it is counter to most opinion (left and right)... but worthy of consideration.
|Welcome to the worst airport in the world
And the winner (loser) is...well, read on.
|Big Pharma offers sex...with some surprises
Take a shot of Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra, and you will probably get a lot more than you expected -- not all of it pleasant.
|Let's talk breasts
Sure, you can show plenty of breast in ads, clothing, the internet and so on. But there is a forbidden territory in this display, and it is baffling to me. Kindly explain.
|Diary: "15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media" is irrelevant.
The highly popular diary disemminated by Moulitsas is not only old hat, but also distracting from creating real solutions to a mis-informed electorate.
|Three violent issues. One potential solution
The Mexican drug wars...nightly murders on our streets...and overcrowded prisons could all be mitigated if we did this...
|Reprising the Zimmerman trial
Rarely has a trial had so many moving parts...so much attention...and so many ramifications.
|The unique ramifications of the Zimmerman incident
There were about 13,000 murders in the U.S. last year (about 36 a day); what make the Zimmerman/Martin one so unique it takes over virtually all the news content for days on end?
|SCOTUS voter decision will bite the majority in the end
Sometimes majorities become the minority. What then?
|Misplaced priorities damage America's progress
Nations, like people, make choices. Sometimes they are not the right ones or the ones that are beneficial. So it is with our country as you will see...
|The real issue in the AP investigation
We desperately need to bring our press freedoms into the 21st Century. The AP issue could have been a catalyst for such a discussion, instead of a witch hunt to tarnish the president. Yet, the need ...
|Winners and losers in the great Obama "scandal"
Those who have gained, and those who have lost in this debacle might surprise you.
With little political capital to work with, conservative's slim hope for finding an issue with traction seems to rest on the slender thread of......
|Maybe something good from the gun control bill defeat?
Sometimes you can make turn lemons into lemonade. Perhaps that can be done with the defeat of the gun control bill in the Senate. But, only if we learn some important lessons from that debacle.
|Resolving the argument of journalism vs. justice is not always simple
Can journalists always refuse to reveal their sources of leaked information... or are their exceptions when "freedom of the press" can be supersceded by other considerations? The answer is not ...
|Welcome new (fertilized egg) citizens
A freshly fertilized egg has now joined the human race -- at least according to the extreme Pro-Lifers.
|Retaining assault weapons has no rational basis
The justifications to keep these weapons available are fictional and flawed. And the supporters for maintaining them should be called out.
|The real patient in America's health care is the system itself
We rejected too many good and needed ideas in the haelthcare debate. We got Obamacare. We settled for too little.
|Is the presidential election over?
It is? Then why are all the pols and parties still campaigning? Give us a break!
|The forgotten tax
If we want to reduce the deficit, without taking a cleaver to needed domestic programs, this may prove the better path...
|Escaping sequester? Don't count on it!
As we head towards another fiscal debacle, common sense and rational people would find a way to save us. Neither are present, so don't count on it.
|Is S&P to blame for the financial debacle? Probably!
The Department of Justice has filed a $5 Billion lawsuit against S&P claiming fraud in their flawed ratings of sub-prime mortgage-backed securities. Meanwhile many have rushed to their defense. Who'...
|Some collateral thoughts on the Benghazi tragedy
Beyond the sad deaths of four American, Benghazi has other lessons we should take from this tragic event. It is a metaphor for what is wrong with our Congressional politicians.
|It's time to repeal the Second Amendment
Some elements of our fine Constitution outlive their relevance and service to our country. The Second Amendment ("the right to bear arms), is one of them.
|The forgotten tax
As we careen over the fiscal cliff, there is plenty of talk about the income tax and capital gains. But there is little interest in the estate tax -- the one that would benefit America if indeed we ...
|Putting the state on the plate has signficant benefits
Recent government actions to provide nutritional information, or even take strong action like super-sized soda bans, has created strong blowback. But...maybe some government involvement is not only ...
|What we should REALLY learn from this election
The pundits have thoroughly vetted the ramifications of the recent election -- except they have ignored the most imporant lesson of all: a critical look at the election process itself.
|The invisible Americans
No candidate wants to discuss them...neither major party even woos them...and most Americans would just as soon forget them. Who are they? The 46 million Americans living in poverty. The forgotten. ...
|Voter ID laws and Amendments run contrary to American tradition
These new restrictions are not only transparently bad, they run contrary to centuries of American tradition for more voter ...
|A government growing out of control simply not factual
It is like a mantra for Conservatives -- the government growing, intruding, and threatening our very liberty and traditional "American Way of Life". Sounds dire, if it were true. But...it is not.
|Why a liberal supports Todd Akin's comments
Finally, someone has pulled back the curtain on the true feelings of anti abortion advocates, and added clarity to the issue of womens' rights.
|Fear of Muslims going over the top
Stand back...cool down...get rational...and let's put our concerns about Islam into perspective.
|Why today's seniors should object to the dissolution of Medicare
It's not THEIR ox being gored, so why do they fight to keep this valued program?
|Six reasons why Obama will win
While I predict Obama will "win" re-election, a more apt title would be "why Romney will lose".
|Drilling deeper into the Bachmann charges
Radical Muslims in our government? That is only the surface of Michele Bachmann's REAL ...
|House on fire? Call George W. Bush.
Well...I might exaggerate. But not by much!
|How and why a political junkie lost his mojo
Politics in America today is exhausting, crummy, and well...just not worth the effort anymore. At least not for me. How about you?
|NFL Lawsuit? A plague on both their houses.
Millionaire players battling billionaire owners. Who cares?
|Elections in today's America are ailing
Our electoral process is now so inundated with negative elements, it makes intelligent decision-making virtually impossible, and is a strong disincentive to even participate.
|This war is nuts! What am I missing?
The time has long passed for any reason, logic, rationale, or purpose to continue to slog along in Afghanistan. So...what am I missing here?
|Media runs amok with campaign nonesense
With a national campaign looming...the silly season begins.
|The most unpopular commentary you will likely ever read!
It's tax day in America. Time to consider these facts.
|Why we are falling behind in global healthcare
The arguments used to obstruct universal health care in America make no sense to the rest of the world with effective health care ...
|Republican tax proposals have no basis of fact
While this proposed legislation occured in my state of Minnesota, it is happening in all states with GOP dominated legislatures -- and the Republicans should be called on it!
|Massacre of Afghan civilians is a metaphor for all wrong in this war
The deaths are horrific in themselves, but they have far greater meaning for us...if we are willing to learn from them.
|Let's talk war!
Those who goad us into military action are replete with irony, inconsistency and lack of ...
|Abortion opponents are a metaphor for what is wrong in American politics
Antiabortionists' actions go beyond the issue -- they infect rational dialog on many other issues as well.
|Gas price debate avoids the issue that should be discussed
While we debate the price of gas next week, the real debate should be the price of energy next generation.
|The year of Conservative discontent
Conservatives are unhappy, discontented, disorganized, and fleeing to the right. But the reasons and not really clear, and strangely (and this coming from a liberal), it is not good for ...
|"Attack on religion" issue is a solution in search of a problem
Attack on religious freedom is not only a "solution in search of a problem"...it is also the GOP in search of an issue.
|Saul Alinsky is now in the presidential race
You did not know this? I heard it straight from Newt Gingrich, so it HAS to be true.
|It's time for a Ronald Reagan reality check
Like a bad meal, the deifying of Ronald Reagan is regurgitated at every 4 years election cycle. Unfortunately, that is NOW.
|The dark side of conservatives' appetite for war
As prominent conservative's goad us to more military action...their personal involvement and participation in previous actions is rare to non-existent.
|Let's expand Gingrich's child labor plan
If you like a good novel by Charles Dickens...you'll love Newt Gingrich's plans for child labor!
|Protracted presidential campaigns damage our electoral process
Like very, VERY long election campaigns? Then America is the place for you.
|Here's hoping the Super Committee fails
While most folks are concerned that the Super Committee on reducing the deficit will come to some agreement...there are many good reasons that a failure would be good for the country.
|Republican's score on job creation is...zero!
Stonewalling the President's program, and offering none of their own, gives them a zero score on job creation legislation. And America is the loser.
|The Myles Spicer Taxpayer Pledge
If Grover Norquist can have his pledge...why not me?
|The real tragedy of the Solyndra affair
As Republicans harp about the possible loss of taxpayer money on the Solyndra loan, the loss of future government support of clean energy poses an even greater loss.
|Class Warfare? Damn Right!
It is a fact. It is here now. It it a result of excess concentration of wealth in our society. It is nothing new on the American scene. It has to be ameliorated.
|Fear of Muslims is over the top
9/11 is a date feared by American Muslims...and it should not be. The 10th Anniverary was one of special concern.
|Bloated government? Fact or fiction.
We hear it all the time: government is too big, wasteful, bloated...etc. Problem is that it is not really true -- yet the American public seems to mindlessly nod in approval. Let's get some facts.
|Why Rick Perry could be our next president
Progressives may underestimate him...but there are subtle forces that could make this happen. Watch out!
|The ten best things about Modern Times
On July 5 in these pages I wrote about the Ten Worst Things About Modern Times.... here is the ...
|Tea Party "mandate" is purely a myth
The Tea Party claim that they have a "mandate" from the American public for their extreme agenda is inaccurate, overblown, misrepresented, and in fact...a myth.
|Debt ceiling law dangerous and irrelevant
The angst created by this ridiculous law is unneccessary, needless, and it should be repealed.
|The far right in fact flouts the Constitution
Today TAXES are clearly the critical, confrontational, and driving issue in our debate on the debt ceiling. It is an issue that needs to be examined and discussed; and the far right needs to be ...
|The ten worst things about "Modern Times"
The "good old days" actually had a lot of redeeming qualities, and not everything about "modern times" is to be desired. Here are some...and no doubt you could add more.
|The real reasons Obama is so vilified
While his politics, policies, performance and race appear to create the excessive hostility to our first Black president -- there are other more subtle and gut-wrenching forces in play.
|Think we are over regulated? Facts prove otherwise.
Conservatives whine that regulations hurt business and erode individual liberty. Their complaints are a combination of exaggeration and cover for their quest for smaller ...
|Why the Dems should not have had a Weiner Roast
Was he stupid? Yes. Was he wierd? Yes. Should the party leadership have forced him to resign? NO!
|Reflections on Memorial Day past
In truth, the men and women fighting and serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are... the forgotten!
|Speculation about the 2012 Senate races is premature
Pundits predict the GOP will pick up Senate seats in 2012, maybe even enough to give them control. Not so fast...the Dems have some significant strengths.
|Why today's seniors object to the dissolution of Medicare
It's not "our" ox being gored...so then why was it TODAY'S seniors who fought the good fight to retain this valued program?
|Republicans now turn their message to "legacy"
It's a good idea, but the wrong conclusion.
|Bachmann mangles the facts on domestic oil production
Michele Bachmann's recent statements and op-ed piece regarding our failure to develop home grown reserves are nothing short of bizarre. Why are we not surprised?
|Why an Obama primary challenge would be good for the Democrats
The "past" Obama had disappointed. The "present" Obama is showing a bit of spine. But it is the "future" Obama we need to see if we are to return to the enthusiasm of 2008, and we need to see that ...
|Ryan's Medicare plan would be a disaster for seniors. Like me!
When the private sector attempts to compete with Medicare, there are so many negative factors that it makes that option not only undesirable...but untenable.
|Job creation by the wealthy...mostly a myth
Give the rich more money with tax breaks, and the result will be... they will get richer!
|When the inmates run the institution
Fox in the henhouse...Trojan Horse...inmates running the institution -- all apply to those who are now in power in the House of Representatives. And dangers abound!
|Liz and Lindsay. A tale of two stars.
The lives of these two invite comparison; and the result is a commentary on the times in which we live.
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