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June 24, 2017

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A Line Has Been Crossed

This nightmare will soon be over. A line has been crossed. Now, there is no plausible way to salvage the Trump presidency. Impeachment or resignation will not be enough. Either result would remove one person from power, but every member of the administration has been implicated in the cover-up – or worse. They are all

The Coup Begins

Let me state this as bluntly as I can. If you think for a moment that Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of the way he handled the Clinton email server investigation last year, I would strongly advise you to stay out of Vegas for the foreseeable future; you’ll lose your shirt and

Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck

Who’s Dealing the Cards?   When I speak of dealing from the bottom of the deck, I’m speaking of financial dealing. It is often a complex sleight of hand that most people do not understand well enough to see the wire manipulating the cards. The Washington Post ran an op-ed on 4/19/2017 regarding discussion over

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

What Are Your Non-Negotiables?

I was wrong. I thought we were in agreement on the Big Things, and the fights and debates were about details, the how-do-you-get-there stuff. I thought we were on the same page about what America IS and what America is FOR. I was wrong. I was wrong—and I think that’s why this election has been

Guest Contribution: 2016: The Year in Antiblack Violence

The following guest contribution focusing on the epidemic of antiblack violence and police shootings as we approach the 5 year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was written by Jamal Mtshali, and is an excerpt from his book Last in Line: An American Destiny Deferred. More information about the author and his book

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

Sanders & Clinton: Is It Enough?

As the dust settles, and the media runs  the Sanders endorsement though the spin cycle of experts and analysts, all I can do is sit back and ask the question; “Is it enough?” Is it enough to stop the Trump insurgency, to push back against the fringe conservative groups like The Oath Keepers and the

And the Beat Goes On: Mega-rich Get Richer. Society Crumbles.

  While most of us have been taking our kids to Little League games, betting on the Super Bowl, taking an occasional vacation and waiting for the American Dream to become a reality, we haven’t noticed something important happening all around us. Society has been crumbling at the edges for the last several decades. This

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