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March 30, 2017

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America on the Precipice

“Yesterday I felt truly embarrassed. The ‘leader of the free world’ just sat there, awkwardly, waiting for Trump to shake her hand.” – George Takei George wasn’t the only one embarrassed. To tell you the truth, I was flabbergasted. I’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime, not even from Nixon. And believe you

Asking Instead of Knowing

The modern idea of Democracy is rooted in the 18th century European Enlightenment and its belief in reason, rationality, and empirical evidence. The founders believed that if sound arguments were placed in front of people, people could figure out the right course of action. We would read or hear the opposing arguments, laid out cleanly

Bye, Bye

When I heard the news of John McLaughlin’s passing, I was saddened but hardly surprised. Over the last few months it was obvious McLaughlin’s health was failing. It wasn’t just his age; he seemed frail, his voice strained, and that vaunted McLaughlin wit seemed to betray him at times. Ironically, it was my wife who

My Day With Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali has died. This seems impossible. More than that. 2016 has been something like a serial killer. Bowie, Prince, Ali. I mention these three in particular because they are heroes of mine. The very personal kind that you may never have truly known, but somehow made your life much better anyway. I am running

Bought with Blood

For those who think they can lightly throw away their vote, they need to think. For halfwits like Susan Sarandon who think it’s cute to contemplate a Trump presidency to speed up their revolution, I have something to say. For those who fly confederate flags and/or talk about states rights as if it is a

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