Apples, Oranges and Blowjobs

In the context of the allegations of sexual molestation against Judge Roy Moore, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made the comment that President Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency as a result of his involvement with Monica Lewinsky. To put this issue in its most benign terms, it seems to me the senator does not understand […]

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The Prosecutor and His Pooch

I am not much interested in conspiracy theories and/or pulp fiction speculations about what purportedly goes on behind the scenes of controversies. However, I cannot help but suggest that the “October surprise” — or more accurately the eleventh-hour gift from FBI Director James Comey to Donald Trump — is, more than anything else, the result […]

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Trump Redux

I have had strongly-held opinions about Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, at least one of which turned out quite wrong.  My view was that he was not really a candidate and therefore did not need to be taken seriously because (1) he actually had no desire to be president, which would […]

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Unanimity in Hypocrisy

Is there no level of hypocrisy to which Republican candidates for president — every one of them — will not stoop? I thought I had seen the depths of their duplicity in the 2012 campaign when they were hypothetically asked by a show of hands whether they would support a tax increase if it were […]

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Sicks, Lies and Videotape

  American culture and society are in the process of becoming corrupted and perhaps unalterably undone by a combination of three increasingly pervasive phenomena: (1) untreated mental illness, (2) politics based predominantly on small, medium and egregious lies, and (3) the instantaneous video reality of seeing and hearing what used to be unshown, unheard, and […]

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The Certifiables

I have contended that in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney’s chances were severely limited to a significant extent by the Republican debates held before and during the primaries. Being repeatedly on stage with a variety of ideological extremists (which is putting it politely) not only made Governor Romney look like the presumptive leader of […]

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When Irish Ayes Are Smiling

Ireland, a Catholic nation, although with a clearly waning commitment to church dogma, has become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote, and by a resounding margin. Perhaps even more notable, after the vote, the leader of the faction against gay marriage sent a message of congratulations to the advocates of marriage […]

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When Chutzpah Becomes Arrogance

A few weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, at the invitation of John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House, addressed the Congress of the United States and delivered a resounding insult to the president and people of this country. The insult to President Obama was exactly what Speaker Boehner intended. The insult […]

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134 Minutes a Slave

I recently read an essay by Frank Rich (in my opinion, a brilliant observer of America’s sociopolitical scene) about the highly lauded and much awarded film, 12 Years a Slave. Rich admits to being very much emotionally affected when he saw it, but on reflection believes that it accomplishes little if anything regarding today’s racial […]

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The Worst is Yet To Come

About seven months ago, I wrote a blog entitled “Bush League” in which I criticized the Obama administration for a series of deceptions and management blunders, suggesting that if such had been the case when George W. Bush was president, I would have been howling for his head. As I lamented, “The current fiascos reach […]

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