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How We Triumph In the Age of Ignorance

Published 14.07.2017
We face a crisis of ignorance in this country, with potentially tragic consequences both at home and abroad. But not all is lost. We can avoid disaster by using this crisis to understand where we went wrong, and from that insight identify...

Faith, Fox and the Failure of Politics

Published 11.07.2017
·           As the Keanu Reeves title character John Wick said, “Well, yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.” While I do not have Wick’s martial arts skill, good looks or quiet charm (or any of his redeeming qualities, or hair, for that matter), I share...

I weep for my country

Published 11.11.2016
The last eulogy I gave was at my father’s funeral. The time has come to give another, this one my last, paying homage to an America I thought I knew but did not. Those who have lost a loved one know the persistent low-grade nausea that comes...

Asymmetric Warfare: The Fight Against Conservative Smear Campaigns

Published 27.10.2016
We are engaged in asymmetrical warfare: telling a lie is easy, while disproving a false claim is difficult. But disprove we must. According to Fox News and other conservative media, Hillary Clinton is a criminal who makes Richard Nixon look like...

Trump is No Gore

Published 21.10.2016
In an election mired in Trump’s filth, the most grotesque manipulation of truth appeared last night when Trump’s trolls attempted to equate Trump’s accusation of a rigged election to what Al Gore did in the 2000 election.  So let’s see.  Gore...

I Have More Respect For Trump Voters Than Undecided Ones

Published 15.10.2016
  If I hold a Red Delicious apple in my left hand, and in my right hand hold another Red Delicious apple, I can claim with confidence that I hold in my hands a total of two apples. This is not open to interpretation or opinion; I am gripping two...

The Curse of False Equivalency

Published 07.09.2016
For reasons that remain obscure, we seem in our culture to experience a gender bias in the willingness to turn off lights when exiting a room.  With limited data, and at the high risk of infuriating many readers, I would suggest that more women...

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop

Published 13.08.2016
The world’s most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael...

Opinions Are Overrated

Published 11.08.2016
The disparate problems facing us today can seem overwhelming in their diversity and magnitude. Our political foundations seem to be crumbling. Polarization has reached extremes on both right and left, yielding a rift in society perhaps not seen...

One Coin, Two Sides: Brexit and Trump

Published 01.07.2016
    That any voter would support Donald Trump to become leader of the free world seems beyond comprehension to many, a phenomenon outside the realm of understanding. That voters in the U.K. would approve a referendum to leave the EU seems...

Fight Between Faith and Reason: Trump and the Consequences of Ignorance

Published 27.05.2016
" The earth, and its human occupants, reached an important milestone last week. Carbon dioxide levels for the first time in hominid history surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm).... .....But the GOP hangs tightly to the fifteenth century on the...

What Would George Washington Do?

Published 20.05.2016
What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama’s candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological...

Prince and Princess and Misplaced Priorities

Published 26.04.2016
"We fashion a myth and then mourn the loss of our creation, which has little to do with the person who died. We have created a secular religion, complete with our messiahs. But in creating a demigod, we lose the real human behind the illusion……"...

Liberals Losing Perspective

Published 19.04.2016
I doubt many would question my liberal credentials, probably best defined by epithets from those right of center who object to my writings and background. To them I am a liberal elitist, left-wing extremist, godless sinner and, one of my...

What Is Life?

Published 09.04.2016
Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the  National Geographic with a cover article entitled, “The Science of Death: Coming Back from the...