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Vermonter living in Woodstock:
elected to five terms (served 20 years) as side judge (sitting in Superior, Family, and Small Claims Courts);
public radio producer, "The Panther Program" -- nationally distributed, three albums (at CD Baby), some runner-up awards;
reporter and columnist (Rutland Herald, Valley News, Vermont Standard, others);
teacher at Woodstock Country School, for which I was commissioned to write the history, "Institutional Denial";
TV writer ("That Was The Week That Was," "Captain Kangaroo," others).
Guiding principle: "nobody really knows anything."
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Failure to Impeach Trump Is a Way to Reaffirm Him
With no commanding presidential candidate likely to emerge till well after the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2020, the center of Democratic Power is now in the House of Representatives, largely in the hands of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is so determined to give Trump a pass on impeachment that Trump's lawyers cite her position in their court briefs. That seems like a pretty bad place for a opposition party to find itself.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2019 Trump's Immigration Police State Persistently Violates the Law
Committing human rights crimes is the Trump policy for controlling immigration. Not only is it illegal, it's failing. There is outrage over the inhumanity, there are many hands wringing, but where is the outrage at the Perpetrator in Chief? The torture and killing of immigrant children are not only crimes but impeachable offenses.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2019 Fukushima's Three Nuclear Meltdowns Are "Under Control" -- That's a Lie
The entire Fukushima site remains radioactive at varying levels, from unsafe to lethal, depending on location. The site includes six reactors, three of them in meltdown, and at least as many fuel pools, some of which still contain fuel rods. The site has close to a thousand large storage tanks holding more than a million tons (roughly 264.5 million gallons) of radioactive wastewater.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2019 Trump Deserves Impeachment. Does US House Have the Integrity?
As it stands now, Trump is forcing the House to choose between impeaching him and caving in to him. Even if the House calls his bluff and impeaches him, Democrats and the country may lose the election. But if the House caves and allows the president to continue on his law-defying dictatorial path, then the election might well be irrelevant.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2019 US Constitution Is Now Officially a Joke As Applied to War or Peace
Congress has the power, theoretically, to defund any military action it doesn't like. But first it would have to find one. It doesn't have to look far. Now would be the time for a resolution against any military action against Iran without express Congressional approval. That would invite another presidential veto. The Constitution's not in tatters, it's just irrelevant. And there's little sign that the American people care.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2019 NO Biden -- Some of the Reasons Why NOT Biden
Biden can only fake gravitas. He goes on and on about "American values" and "who we are" without naming a specific value or saying who he thinks we are. This is political pandering in the form of a Rorschach blot. This is crude demagoguery that boils down to an appeal to elect a familiar under-achiever just because he's NOT Trump.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2019 US Makes Stuff Up to Grease the Skids for War on Iran
With absolutely zero good reasons for waging war on Iran, the Trump administration goes on making stuff up to lie the country into yet another war. The template looks like the Bush administration's successful effort to lie the US into the Iraq War, the catastrophic effects of which keep unfolding.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 9, 2019 The Sins of Ilhan Omar Start With Challenging Rigid Orthodoxy
Boardman writes: Democrats have gone all atwitter (pun intended), scattering ruffled feathers all over the barnyard as if a fox were after them when the only serious threat to their blinkered preconceptions comes from a bird of different plumage.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2019 Court Uses Law's Absurdity to Allow Unfit Kavanaugh to Remain as Justice
There was nothing that could be done legally about the 83 misconduct complaints against Judge Kavanaugh for one reason, and one reason only -- because he had become Justice Kavanaugh. That's the whole argument: that Kavanaugh gets to escape judicial accountability, and his getaway car is his seat on the Supreme Court. This is cultural madness and legal absurdity. What were those Tenth Circuit judges thinking?
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2018 Climate Change Response Pits Trump Against US Government
Climate change is a dynamic process, driven by human activity that humans have done little to mitigate for a generation. Climate change is happening, it is irreversible, but there is still time to mitigate its worst effects, to save lives, to preserve habitat, to adjust economies, to sustain a somewhat civilized world.
SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2018 US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen
If the US were actually serious about peace and humanitarian aid for Yemen, the US could exercise leadership in the UN Security Council to force a peace process. The US could unilaterally take immediate and forceful actions to stop the war. US policy in Yemen continues to be based on profound lies with no moral justification.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2018 The Fire This Time -- It Will Keep Burning Long After November 6
Whatever happens November 6, the fires of political fascism and capitalist authoritarianism will continue to rage out of control. The conniving right has been feeding these flames for decades and it's likely to take more decades to extinguish them, if that's even possible. The Long March of the right from the debacle of Goldwater in 1964 to the triumph of Trump in 2016 has been astonishingly Maoist in its determination.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Rampant, Racist Voter Suppression in Georgia Goes to Federal Court
Brian Kemp is currently Georgia's secretary of state. Part of the secretary's job, as chair of the State Elections Board, is to make decisions that determine who can vote, where they can vote, when they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted accurately -- in other words, the whole voting process.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 9, 2018 Not Safe to Be Black at Smith College
Smith has struggled with race issues in the past. President McCartney stakes out an honorable if somewhat bloodless position (smacking of white privilege?). Oumou Kanoute stakes out a heartfelt demand for a humane institutional response that offers an opportunity for meaningful institutional growth, especially in the current presidentially-induced atmosphere of racist pollution.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, July 20, 2018 Beyond Any Treasonable Doubt -- Isn't the President There Yet?
Since his first moment in office, President Trump has been guilty of impeachable offenses, most obviously by violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution: using the office of the presidency for personal profit for himself, his family, and his friends. At least some of the corruption of the Trump administration has been widely reported and even resulted in a few official resignations.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Dark Foreboding: Is the American Democratic Experiment Over?
We head for another election on November 6, bitterly divided as a country. It's a so-called off-year election (no presidential race), but it may be darkly viewed as the last stand for the American democratic republic. Some say that 242-year-old experiment has already failed, and there's logic to that opinion. The decline has been long, slow, relentless and the end will not likely be apocalyptic.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 5, 2018 FBI Goes Trumpian, Hypes Imaginary Terrorism Threat as Fake News
The FBI filings make very clear that no terrorism and no threat of terrorism existed before the FBI decided to pump one up, using a troubled, angry, isolated black man as its pawn to inflate its own institutional ego with fake news. And the news media bought the fake news as presented, uncritically parroting the FBI spin that they stopped an attempted terror attack.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2018 ICE Is a State-Sponsored Terrorist Organization -- Abolish ICE
November is coming and Democrats continue to cling to old notions detached from current reality (the Crowley Democrats). For November to be worth celebrating, the party will have to do much better than that. It will have to find a heart and a soul and a brain and apply them all to the criminal atrocities our government commits daily at home and abroad.