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Trump Nominee Will Politicize Dept. of Justice
Of all the cabinet members, an attorney general is supposed to be apolitical. Donald Trump's nominee isn't expected to put politics aside. Here are some reasons why he will politicize the Department of Justice.
Free Speech Not Present at Some Universities
He's a journalist. He's a Harvard law school graduate. He's also one of the most controversial ultra-rightwing speakers who have been banned from American colleges. Here's why.
Senators Embedded Within a Brain Fog
The Senate won't meet to confirm or not confirm the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. This satire looks at how the Republican-led Senate really works.
Friday, June 3, 2016(2 comments)
Chewbacca and the World of Semi-Reality News Media
The political candidates are outdoing each other in levels of outrageous statements; the news media, however, have no reason to be ignorant or incompetent--yet, their coverage shows a distinct lack of journalistic principles that the Founding Fathers demanded.
Christmas Again Wins the Annual War
Once again, evangelical right-wing talk show hosts have launched their defense of the mythical war on Christmas. And, once again, Christmas emerges victorious--but it's not because of the blubber mouths of the airwaves.
The Republicans' Rhetoric of Hate and Fear
Conservatives, while most profess to be Christians, don't want Syrian refugees in the U.S.Their reasons show not compassion but hate and paranoia. This is the story about their pitiful justification.
These Judges Don't Put Defendants into Prison
Most judicial election races are quiet, and the voters have little knowledge about the candidates.That's not true for Tuesday's race in Pennsylvania. The 7 candidates for the state supreme court have spent about $10 million in advertising.
Monday, October 26, 2015(4 comments)
The 24/7 Election and Media Carousel
The 24/7 media cycle doesn't add in-depth information to the need to understand politics and government. It merely gives us a constant repetition of superficial reporting.
Mass Murders are Good for Business
We know that most of Congress and state legislatures have been bought and paid for by gun manufacturers and the gun-rights lobby. But, here's an idea about how the people could force our law-givers, who spit routine comments after every mass shooting, to be a bit more empathetic. And, maybe, we can reduce gun violence just a bit.
Questionable Calls in the Sports Department
More than 14,000 high schools have football teams. But, newspapers and TV stations think they can rank the teams. Is this just another case of sloppy and egotistical journalism?
Monday, September 7, 2015(5 comments)
The Boss Who Fought for the Working Class
At a time when the working class is under attack, and not one Republican candidate for president believes in unions, one of the nation's most influential capitalists spoke out for social justice and for the workers. This is his story.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Katrina: A 10-Year Review
Thursday, Aug. 27, is the 10th year anniversary of when Katrina first hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Here's what we as a nation did not learn in the past decade.
Friday, August 21, 2015(3 comments)
Canned Pleasure: The Thrill of the Kill
It's not fair chase hunting when the animals are in cages or fenced-in areas, and the "Great White Hunters" have guides and weapons. It's more like a shooting gallery in these canned hunt preserves.
Gun Control and the NRA
The confederate flag is now down from in front of the S.C. state capitol. But, the discussion about flags has marred the real issue facing America--the continuing influence of the NRA--and the cowardice of Democrats to speak out on critical issues.