(2 comments) Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Justice of the double edged sword
On the courts: advising a little less anguished despair over voting rights, and little less easy early celebration over marriage equality
Friday, May 24, 2013 Balance Sheet Blues
As we move on the notion of immigration reform the question arises, mightn't we be better served with reforming citizenship itself? Even our own?
(3 comments) Sunday, May 5, 2013 The punishment they seek
Some thoughts on capital punishment and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Thursday, October 16, 2008 The choice in choosing
This past Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania she chose to remind us of what she symbolizes for the McCain campaign: She called out Obama for his "radical views" on abortion, which she claims he wants to hide. She complains of the judges he'd appoint and how they will stifle debate on abortion issues.
But is it debate we're lacking?
Or is it candor?
(1 comments) Tuesday, October 7, 2008 "They pull me back in"
There's this love/hate thing going on between Cheney and McCain/Palin. Nobody is really comfortable with the spooky uncle with the brass knuckles and the bag full of bloody rags in his closet. But still, when things get ugly -you gotta love him.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 The pitfalls of common sense
Sarah Palin agreeing with Obama? Careful handling by the McCain campaign is sure to protect her from other such lapses. -into common sense. And when all else fails, we'll always have John McCain to explain what she really understands.
Saturday, September 27, 2008 Progress To Debate? To Save the Economy? What?
The only progress that's been made has been political. As the economy was souring, the candidate who had admitted the economy "wasn't his thing" was starting to fall in the polls. With one deft political slight of hand, announcing policy he doesn't even know whether he supports, John McCain now casts himself as running against the Congress, against Democrats and even against George Bush. A fairly preposterous idea, I grant you
Saturday, September 6, 2008 The short memory of "straight talk"
Just about a month ago Sarak Palin was on record praising Obama's energy plan. Then "The Straight Talk Express" came to town and it became her responsibility to ridicule that policy.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Sad, more than angry
President George W. Bush wasn't the only one, last night at the Republican National Convention, to bring up the trials John McCain suffered as a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War.But I think it was our president who outdid all others, not in celebrating McCain -but in the cynical, divisive and destructive exploitation of his story.
Saturday, July 26, 2008 From Hell
Has it really taken us that long to detain Karadzic? Did the international community really have to wait on the etiquette of a proper Serbian arrest of this criminal before seeing him brought to justice?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Wrong Number?
Here's my problem with those rallying to oppose telecom immunity in the FISA reauthorization bill-I'm not sure this stand is in the right place or for the right reason.
Maybe we shouldn't be trying to address an egregious constitutional crime perpetrated by the country's chief executive by merely providing for civil recourse -against accessories to the crime.
The term that comes to mind is "lies and misdemeanors."
(1 comments) Wednesday, May 28, 2008 McCain's Bargain
It might be troubling to consider what John McCain's opposition to the GI benefits bill says of his attitude towards our soldiers. In my view what is most unsettling is what it says of his attitude towards the country they come from.
Monday, May 26, 2008 There are too many
In one small community that historically displays shrines to the fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq, a unique problem has arisen. There are too many and they have simply run out of town.
(12 comments) Friday, May 16, 2008 Small steps on small arms
In South Africa the government got out of the way and ultimately ended up following the lead of its people in opposing the trade of small arms to Robert Mugabe's repressive regime. That's the hopeful half of the story. There just might be a chance of doing that here just as well, getting the government out of our way on the path towards peace.
(9 comments) Tuesday, April 29, 2008 How about a "good argument"?
Some thoughts on the possibility of a "good argument" -instead of the ugly debate.
Thursday, April 17, 2008 Bad night, and good luck
There are differences, for sure -substantive and import ones maybe-between Obama and Clinton. Last night didn't get us any closer to seeing them. I couldn't help noticing Gibson and Stephanopoulos as part of the problem. To borrow and bend a line from Shakespeare, I think the problem is in ourselves and in our (media)stars.
Friday, April 11, 2008 What our war makes possible, the next
Five years and 4000 lives gone, a constantly shifting definition of the mission at hand, and President Bush thanks our troops for what they "have made possible" in Iraq. The truly disturbing aspect is what that possibility is in George Bush's understanding of it: this terrible war, only to make possible the next one.
(5 comments) Monday, March 31, 2008 Barack Obama, American Fundamentalist
I think I've discovered something about Barack Obama and I'm ready to share this discovery with the rest of you. It's not a secret exactly. It's really obvious when you actually listen to the things he says. I know you're not supposed to do that without proper inoculation first, but I have and I've come away from the experience with this observation: Barack Obama is a fundamentalist, an American fundamentalist.
Friday, March 28, 2008 The next casualty
We entered Iraq more than five years ago on a fictive premise. When facts didn't quite fit our script, we willingly made them a casualty. There was that element of suspended disbelief. With Iran, now it seems the same authors are ready to move on to the next villain. Some of the theater critics will opine that it's all of the same drama, the 'next chapter' -or 'Act II'!
I just feel we're watching reruns
(1 comments) Thursday, March 20, 2008 Five years in Iraq: only to remain
As Vice President Cheney flies home, and our troops do not, and the previously stated benchmarks of progress seem all but forgotten, as another day's statistically acceptable amount of blood is washed from the street, it seems the "surge" -first introduced as a means to an end-has become the end in itself. Our purpose in Iraq has become -only to remain.