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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 30 books on health policy, health and wellness, and sports and regular exercise. In addition to being a Trusted Author for OpEdNews, Dr. Jonas is a columnist for BuzzFlash.com/Truthout.org, Managing Editor and a Contributing Author for The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy (http://thepoliticaljunkies.org/); a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor to The Planetary Movement; a Contributor to Dandelion Salad (http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com), and a Contributor to TheHarderStuff newsletter. He is also a triathlete (30 seasons, 220-plus multi-sport races) and a skier (as well as a PSIA-Level Certified Instructor [retired]).

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Exceptional Rudy Giuliani, and the Repubs. One thing that one can say about Rudy Giuliani: almost every time he opens his mouth he makes such an inviting target for commentary from the Left.

Friday, March 20, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Likud, the Repubs, and their Respective Class Interests Straying far from its original roots with a major emphasis on Zionist socialism, Israel has become a nation that economically mimics the United States in many ways. There is an increasing disparity in income and wealth and its economy is increasingly dominated by a military-industrial complex.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Repubs.: Why they do what they do Want to know why the Repubs. do what they do? It all comes down to further building up the military-industrial complex and the unregulated destruction of any and all commerical, industrial, financial, and environmental regulation.

Monday, March 16, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Takeaways from the CPAC Convention, 2015 Want to see some stuff on the recent Conservative Political Action Committee Conference that you might not have seen elsewhere? Well, take a look at this column. If you full of CPAC and the Repubs./Rightists, don't bother.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Role of Chance in History: Hillary is Toast Hillary + private email account(s) plus the now never-ending barrage from the Repubs., the Propaganda Channel, and some Democrats too, leads to toast, well-done.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I Hate to Break This to You, Judge Moore, but God Did Not Actually Write the US Constitution Nullification and the South. Bound together at birth and determined to keep on truckin' (Judge Moore).

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why the Attack on Tenure? So it's the "bad teachers" who are responsible for "bad education," and if we could only easily get rid of them, why K-12 education would be so much better! Of course, it's the tenure system that makes teacher firing SO difficult. If administrators, school boards, etc. could just fire teachers willy-nilly, why our schools would get better overnight. Really? This column is about what the attack on tenure is really all about.

Thursday, February 12, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Tragedies of "American Sniper" "American Sniper" is a movie of many tragedies. This column reveiws some of them.

Monday, February 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Tragedy of "Selma" This column is, not a movie review, but rather a consideration of the many political, social, and economic tragedies that, due the persistence of the Doctrine of White Supremacy handed down from the true victors of the First Civil War, the Confederate States of America, persist in our nation to this very day.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Charlie Hebdo Massacre: The Right-Wing Benefits The Permanent War crowd, mainly in the U.S., but present in other imperialist countries as well, benefits tremendously from these events. I'm just waiting for the Cheney/McCain/Graham cabal to get on all the media, demanding that Obama send in troops. Where? Not exactly sure. The winnable mission? Not exactly sure. How to pay for it? Not exactly sure. How to sell it to the US people? Not exactly sure. But send them in!

Monday, January 19, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Suicide of Capitalism "Suicide" means, literally, killing oneself. Most often, suicide is voluntary. However, by definition, it can be involuntary as well, as in accidentally killing oneself while cleaning a loaded handgun Capitalism, the world's dominant socio-economic system, is, by its very nature of accumulation and unregulated use of natural resources, including of course carbon-based fuels in the process of killing itself.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Could a Cuban Human Rights Organization be Outraged over Government's Pact with the U.S.? Well, Yes. Rightists in both major U.S. political parties (which are actually one party with two faces) have criticized President Obama for engaging in this significant change in the relationship between our two nations, based on what they claim is Cuba's record on human rights.

Monday, December 29, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If "Torture Doesn't Work" Doesn't Work, Why Torture? Torture may not have any use in obtaining intellignce from military personnel, but it does have a long list of other uses. This column discusses the principal ones.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why "Torture Doesn't Work" Doesn't Work, Part 1: Torture and the U.S. Constitution Tortre doesn't for intelligence gathering either from people who have no intelligence to share (like many of the unfortunates confined to Guantanamo for 10 years or more, or from those trained to resist it. Torture has plenty of other uses, which we shall get to in Part 2 of this series. But in the meantime "it doesn't work" doesn't work as a prohibition for US torturers. "Its use is unconstitutional does."

Monday, December 15, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The War on Viet Nam, the Coming "Official History," and the US Victory in that War Did you think that the United States lost the War on Viet Nam? Think again.

Friday, December 5, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ferguson Worked as Intended: For the Maintenance of the Doctrine of White Supremacy in the US Just as the title of this column states: Ferguson worked as intended, for the maintenance of white supremacy. A question for the reader is: is modern white police violence against people of color the modern version of lynching, with the same purpose? Except that it goes on all over the country, not just in the South.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Piketty, Marx, and Lenin For a capitalist economist, Thomas Piketty went far, but just so far. To where he didn't get in his critique of capitalism and its results is the subject of this column.

Monday, December 1, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The GOP's Grand Plan: The 15% Solution Yes, indeed, here is the Grand Plan of the GOP. They have made what they are already doing, and will do with even more intensity in the future, abundantly clear. As for any similarity between the title of this column and the title of my book by the same name, that is purely intentional. For I didn't make that name up. I got it from the program's designers, who originally formulated it in the late 80s.

Monday, November 24, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Naomi Klein: The Romantic Revolutionary Naomi Klein takes an important step in showing how global warming/climate change are closely intertwined with and indeed caused by the political/economic system called capitalism. But,she then turns romantic revolutionary in her prescription for changing a system that really needs to be overthrown. It was Lenin who gave us the answer for that one, just about a century ago. Too bad the USSR did not follow his prescriptions.

Monday, November 3, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Joni Ernst: The Future Face of the Republican Party Joni Ernst, if elected, will be a new incarnation of a US Senator: Don't like a law or its messenger? Why just use your weapon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A GOP Senate: Good News or Bad News? A GOP Senate? Calamity or opportunity? Well, that all depends upon just how the Democrats would be respond. Just remember the Chinese nugget on "crisis/opportunity."

Friday, September 19, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: A Clash of Capitalisms I have to say that the title of this column says what the battle over Ukraine is really about.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the GOP/TP Really Against "Big Government?" Fuhgeddaboudit So you think that Repubicans are really against ALL government, and it should just get out of the way, so that everything would just be so, so much better? Well . . . . Read on.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Clintons, Part II: HRC's Future(?) This is the second of the series on the Clintons. There is at least one reason why they have stayed together for this long: their politics. This one is on Hillary. Will she be taking a "Third Way?"

Monday, September 8, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Clintons, Part I: Bill's Legacy This is the first of a two-parter on the Clintons, past and future. This column discusses Bill's true legacy which, to call it "center-right" is to cosmetize it. Tomorrow I will be posting a column on HRC's possible future, also along the so-called "center-right" pathway.

Friday, September 5, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Origin of the Self-Destructive Species (with apologies to Charles Darwin) Ever wonder why ours is one of the very few species that kills fellow members (in ever-increasing numbers too)? Well, here are some thoughts on that subject, stimulated by seeing the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Significance of Dick Cheney, Part II Here's Part II of this series. It is easy to come up with an "evils" list for Dick Cheney. What I am discussing here is how in one person, the ruling class and the state apparatus, usually kept separate, are melded together.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Significance of Dick Cheney, Part I A while back I did yet another of my columns on Dick Cheney, when he had made another one of his periodic reapparances from the Cheneycave, this time to take on Obama on Ukraine. Since Obama has taken such a tough stand on Ukraine, making sure, for example, that there are no negotiations over the possibility of Federal status for the Eastern provinces, Cheney has been eerily silent. This is the first of two-parter on the man

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conflict's in the genes: The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes In the current movie, a group of Simians and a group of Homo sapiens are survivors of a world-wide, highly fatal infectious disease epidemic which the humans conveniently name the "Simian flu." That it has nothing to do with the Simian population but rather was created in a Homo sapiens lab and just happened to escape is a product of the Homo sapiens media naming it the "Simian flu."

Monday, July 7, 2014 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On the Road to Theocracy: The Hobby Lobby Decision In this case the Supreme Court, took on a power that I couldn't find anywhere in the Constitution. I did look hard for it and it must be in there somewhere, for the Republican Religious Right tells us that "God" and "Christian" are in it and I can't find them either. But since Fox"News" et al tell me that they are, they must be, no? And so SCOTUS has indeed filed an amendment, to be found at the end of this column.

Thursday, July 3, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Frank Rich, the War on Iraq, and the Myth of the "Liberal Media" Ten years ago Frank Rich wrote one of the best books on the Bush/Cheney War on Iraq. Entitled "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" it took the cover off the Bush/Cheney lies that led the United States into the most disastrous war the nation has ever been engaged in. In a recent column Rich discusses how the "liberal media" climbed on board. My column explores how that was not the first time the "liberal media" did such a thing.

Monday, June 30, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The City of Conversation: Remembrances by Steve Jonas A play about Washington politics pulls up many personal memories over the past 50 years. I retail some of them in this column.

Monday, June 30, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
US Wars From Viet Nam Onwards: Wins and Losses Iraq is teetering on the brink of even more disaster than it has been subject to since the US invasion, and political figures like "Negative Ace" McCain are now shouting that the US should have stayed there, and it's "all Obama's fault."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tobacco, the Fossil Fuel Industry, and Capitalist "Morality" So what is "morality," anyway. Well Maria Bartiromo of CNBC and the Fox Business Channel, thinks that it embodied in capitalism. Tobacco and death, and fossil fuels and death on a much larger scale, might make one think on that one again.

Friday, June 13, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Perusing Creation.com As I say in the introduction to this column, recently, while preparing a review of the movie Noah (previouslyu published on OpEdNews), knowing that the Christian Right had their collective noses bent out of shape by the movie, I sought to gather some background on creationism. And so, I thought, what better place to go than the website that bears that name Creation.com. And what a fascinating visit it turned out to be.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If "Stalin = Communism = Bad," Why not "Hitler = Capitalism = Bad?" Part II The publication of Part I of what with the appearance of this column is now a series, elicited quite a bit of commentary. Those comments stimulated to write further on this subject. First, a variety of views were presented on just what "capitalism" is. Here is my consideration of the topic, actually starting rather further back in the historical development of our species. Then I deal with several other of the questions raised

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 (35 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If "Stalin = Communism = Bad," Why not "Hitler = Capitalism = Bad?" This column is the beginning of an analysis dealing with the question, "If 'Stalin' 'Stalinism' always and solely equal 'socialism/communism' and then because of that 'socialism/communism' always equals 'bad,' why does not 'Hitler' equals capitalism equals 'bad'?"

Thursday, May 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No, You Can't Vote: The GOP and Their "15% Solution" Voter supression has become a major GOP strategy as they aim towards the 2014 and 2016 elections. But it is not new, for the GOP. It was actually first articulated in the late 1980s, as illustrated in my book, "The 15% Solution," and explained briefly in this column.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pete Seeger and the Blacklist Lots was written about Pete Seeger after his passing last January. Indeed he was an icon of the US folk music movement, going back to his early workmwith Woody Guthrie. But he was iconic in US history too, for another reason: how he fought and overcame the infamous McCarthyite "blacklist" of the 1950s. And that's what this column is about.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
So What's Noah with You? First, pardon the pun in the title, but I couldn't resist. This review is not so much about the movie (which I happened to like, and anyway, I'm a big Russell Crowe fan). It is rather about the abundance of Creation and Flood myths and a bit of the history of the so-called "innerant [English-language] Bible," one of the myriad of languages into which the original Hebrew and Greek text has been translated, over the centuries.

Monday, May 5, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beyond Donald Sterling, the Nation Faces a Larger Battle With Embedded Racism The theme of this column is that with the Sterling/LA Clippers episode and its follow-up so far we may have reached a turning point in our nation's long-standing battle with and against the national cancer of racism. It is of course much too early to tell, but I do want to be hopeful this time around

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine? Russia? Keep Your Eyes on the Prize It is always the economic ruling class that controls the state apparatus, in one way or another. This is unless the government has become so violent that it can maintain itself in place by the use of force, massed and personal, against even the most highly placed, in both the ruling class and the military, as was the case in capitalist Nazi Germany…" And so Western Imperialism is out to capture the Ruling Class in Russia.

Friday, March 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Basking in Republican Paradise (because they have it both ways) The GOP does indeed have it both ways. Our nation is governed for the most part by Republican policies, going back to Reagan. But because of the way the Democrats (don't) fight, in particular with ths President, all the predictably bad outcomes that result from those policies can be "blamed on Obama," even including the failure (up to now) to find flight MH 370, according to John Bolton. And that's what this column is about

Wednesday, March 19, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Importance of "The Monuments Men" "The Monuments Men" is a movie that is for the most part has gone off movie screens (although it will be back soon enough on DVR). However, in my view it should not be forgotten. It has some important lessons to teach us, about World II, about the Nazis, about war on civilians and civilization, and about what in this light might happen again in the future. That is what this column is about.

Monday, March 17, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine, the Cheneyites, and Permanent War Recently, Rachel Maddow posted a fine documentary indicating that the prime reason for the US/UK invasion of Iraq had to do with oil. For quite some time I have felt that while that was one of the motivations, the underlying one was the drive to create Permanent War, or failing that, the Permanent Preparation for War Society. This column explains my reasoning, vis-a-vis what's going on in Ukraine.

Monday, March 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
SATIRE: The U.S. Invades Mexico This is a fictional consideration of a U.S. invasion of Mexico. It is projected to follow the peaceful overthrow of the current elected government by a left-wing coalition, supported by the South American trade association, MERCOSUR. Their first two major policies are the abrogation of the NAFTA treaty and the legalization of the currently illicit drugs, under government control, to end the deadly "drug war.".

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Smoking and Health, and Death. And You're worried about the illicits? This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original "Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health." And cigarette smoking is still one of the top killers, not only in this country, but also around the world. Prohibtion, anyone? Nah. Let's leave that for the Recreational Mood Altering drugs that kill a tiny percentage of that killed by cigarette smoking, not only among smokers, but, second-hand, among non-smokers as well.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The "Irrepressible Conflict" and the Coming Second Civil War Been writing on this subject since the first version of "The 15% Solution" in 1996. Perhaps "prescient," or "delusional." However, it was in 1820 that Thomas Jefferson characterized the Missouri Compromise of 1820 as a "firebell in the night, warning of future bloody conflict." If Jefferson could be 41 years ahead, I guess it's OK for me. Recently I mentioned the thought to an African-American friend, who said, "for sure."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The GOP's Christie Response: Two Wrongs Make a Right "Hoboken" broke after I first wrote this column. But Joe Scarborough didn't disappoint in spouting another of the standard GOP responses to potentially bad news. As a lawyer he is very familiar with the old saw: "If you don't have the law, argue the facts; if you don't have the facts, argue the law. If you have neither, attack ad hominem." He just tore into the Hoboken Mayor. Thanks, Joe for making my point, doubling down.

Monday, January 13, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
David Brooks on Pot: Let's Return to Good Old-Fashioned Prohibition David Brooks made a series of great arguments concerning the Recreational Mood-Altering Drugs and how to deal with their usage. (In terms of the prevalence of that usage, and the health/social harms caused, that list begins with tobacco and alcohol.) In the end, he presents a great list of reasons for returning to 1920s Prohibition, which list is discussed here.

Monday, January 6, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pope Francis and Change in the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis is giving considerable agita to likely members of the hypersecretive right-wing Catholic organization called Opus Dei (e.g., Scalia and Thomas see Andy Borowitz on the subject). Here, I review briefly the long history of change in the Roman Catholic Church. I then go on to suggest steps that the Pope, who is moving forward on matters of political economy, might take in dealing with religio-social matters as well.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Nelson Mandela, the U.S. Right and Ronald Reagan On the death of Nelson Mandela there has been much current writing on the history of the struggle against apartheid of which Mandela came to be the principal leader. There has not been too much mention of how Mandela and the movement he led for so many years, and for so many of them from behind bars as a symbol, was, and still is, treated by the US Right. That is what th is column is about.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chris Matthews and the Reagan Myth MSNBC's Chris Matthews has been doing an over-the-top job of self-promoting his new book, "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked." Well, it worked for the Jipper and the GOP but not for Tip, the Democrats, and most of the people of our nation. And that's what this column is about.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Life on Another Planet Would Have a Lot to Teach Us I was stimulated to write this particular column by the recent discoveries from the Kepler telescope on the existence of a fairly large number of "Earth-like" planets elsewhere in the Universe. But it is on a subject with which I have been intrigued for quite some time: what would it take for an "intelligent" species on another planet to survive for rather longer than the time ours seems to have in its destiny: short.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Golden Age of US Capitalism Capitalism is working very well --- for the capitalists. A quote from the great Senator Bernie Sanders illustrates that truth. That is what this column is about.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For Thanksgiving Weekend Viewing: "12 Years a Slave" - A Review "12 Years a Slave" is still playing in certain parts of the country. If you haven't yet seen it, Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to take it in.

Friday, November 22, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ted Cruz and "Rise Again:" The Creation of the Modern Nullification Movement Ted Cruz has drifted into the political background --- for the time-being. But given his powerful, Koch Brothers-led, money backing and the swooning far-right supporters who just love him, he'll be back. And he will be back when the next opportunity comes for him to lead the Modern Nullification effort. Thus this little essay on the history of Nullification and what the structure of its modern form is.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Republican Party and the Affordable Care Act This column, originally written on 11/14/13, presents some of the history of the relationship between the GOP and national health ins. over time, and of the very bad attempts at promotng their respective plans made by Pres's. Clinton and Obama. It concluded with some speculation on site hacking that perhaps took place. This version adds important policy commentary by Norman Solomon, and some heft to the hacking speculation.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ted Cruz's America Ted Cruz frequently talks about "American freedom." Beyond his sloganeering, based on the policies that he advocates, we can get a very good picture of what he is really about. And that's what this column is about.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The GOP Took Its Clothes Off in Public: It Was Not a Pretty Sight, Even for Some Republicans The artificial "continuing resolution" and"debt-ceiling" crises came and went, accompanied by the GOP/government shutdown. But while the bulk of the attention was paid to the Tea Party/minority control of the House, early in the drama the GOP did something it rarely does: reveal what its true substantive agenda is about. They usually of course focus only on process: "lower taxes and smaller governemnt." And so this column.

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