Missing the Point Of This Year’s Oscars

February 25, 2015 4:57 PM0 comments

It seems to me that everybody is getting it totally wrong and missing the real point about this year’s Oscars. The best pictures of the past year, taken as a lot, are an incredible assemblage of cinematic excellence, deep social concern and an abiding, non-saccharin optimism. In this context, the […]

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Giuliani Dives into Sewer with McCarthyist Tactics

February 24, 2015 2:28 PM68 comments

Rudy Giuliani entered McCarthyist territory with his grotesque personal attack on President Barack Obama’s patriotism. Speaking to a hardcore Republican crowd, New York City’s former mayor said: “I know this is a horrible thing to say. But I do not believe that the president loves America.” Giuliani is 100% right, […]

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On Deprogramming ISIS Recruits

February 18, 2015 7:22 PM1 comment

The claim by some in the U.S. intelligence community that the key to stopping the recruitment of young radicals to ISIS is to show that ISIS “is losing, militarily, on the ground,” is foolish and counterproductive. It only enhances a martyr complex for a prospective recruit. The Atlantic magazine’s Graeme […]

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Blame the NRA, Not Atheists, For North Carolina Murders

1:25 PM188 comments

Isn’t it pathetic the way some on the extreme right are trying to exploit the tragic murder of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina? It turns out that the man who murdered these three innocent people, Craig Stephen Hicks, is an atheist or humanist and isn’t a fan […]

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CIA’s ISIS Pushes Obama to War

February 11, 2015 7:48 PM3 comments

News of the latest highly-public execution of a young, humanitarian westerner by the assassins of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is begging the question, louder and louder, about the motives behind these deliberately sadistic and graphic public killings. So far, the only explanation provided by the […]

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Obama’s Brilliant Speech on Religion

February 9, 2015 2:43 PM6 comments

Conservatives continue to huff and puff about Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. They’re fuming because he had the unmitigated gall to tell the truth and say that Islam is not the first world religion to resort to violence. Why is this most basic historical fact so controversial? It […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: The Fight Against Climate Change

February 4, 2015 8:52 PM0 comments

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave an iconic environmental address to the nation. He spoke of the need for “a new conservation,” whose object was “not just man’s welfare but the dignity of man’s spirit.” And he warned of the dangers of climate change: “This generation […]

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The President Becomes a Prophet

4:43 PM1 comment

A big part of the conundrum that is Washington, D.C. is the existence of two core parallel realities, and some tangential ones, that everyone has to deal with. One is in the realm of values, the other in the realm of noses – counting them, that is. On the latter […]

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Scientists & the American Public at Odds

February 3, 2015 4:29 PM4 comments

The American public and scientists rarely see eye-to-eye, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. According to the poll, scientists aren’t too concerned about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power, while those ideas spook the public. Scientists are more certain that man causes global warming, evolution is […]

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Deflate-Gate Paled By Deflation Threat

January 28, 2015 5:50 PM1 comment

With yet another American national Superbowl spectacle upon us, headlines dominating newspaper front pages, not only their sports pages, national TV and cable news and the glut of radio, online and other sports commentators are all focused on the latest distraction from things that matter going by the name of […]

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