The NFL’s Borland Rejects Football

March 18, 2015 6:58 PM0 comments

Far, far more significant than this week’s resignation of 33-year-old Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican freshman egotist from the U.S. Congress, is the resignation of Chris Borland, an even younger 24-year-old National Football League player. Both are described as the youngest ever to resign from their respective professions. The two […]

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Are 47 GOP Senators ‘Traitors?’

March 11, 2015 6:53 PM42 comments

The appalling development of the week: Did you see that 47 Republican Senators were filmed riding a bus in Oklahoma singing outrageously racist lines? Oh, wait! Well, you can understand why I might mix those two events up. They bore a lot of similarity to my mind. As for the […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: An Update

March 10, 2015 4:52 PM0 comments

A lot has happened to the global oil industry in recent months. First it is important to understand that the concept of “peak oil,” the time when global oil production starts to decline, is alive and well despite the current, and very temporary oil glut. Conventional oil, the kind that […]

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Forward vs. Backward America

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It is ironic that those who often pose as patriots and extol themselves as “real” or “traditional” Americans are the most likely to be a drag on our nation. There really are two America’s, forward and backward, and the Republican Party and its apparatchiks have a monopoly on the latter. […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Answering the Mail

March 4, 2015 8:53 PM1 comment

I certainly do not want to ruin great television, but after two months on Capitol Hill, I can finally tell you what I have long suspected: Congress is not at all like Frank Underwood would have you believe. I have not had time to binge-watch the latest season of House […]

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Netanyahu Fans Nuclear Threat

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Add the extremely dissembling effect of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, famously organized by the Republican Congressional leadership behind the back of President Obama, to the growing chorus of voices demanding the U.S. get into another war in the Middle […]

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Israeli Republican Benjamin Netanyahu Should Go Home

March 3, 2015 3:44 PM0 comments

  I am a fervent supporter of Israel, yet I bitterly oppose Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in front of Congress. This disgraceful talk is the result of political collusion between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Netanyahu to humiliate President Obama, sabotage nuclear talks with Iran, and help the Israeli leader […]

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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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