Category Archives: Politics

This is a Really Hard Book to Write

While I’m out here in the wilds of rural France. I hope to complete another two chapters of my novel, working title – There is Always a Price. The book takes the form of a memoir and it follows the … Continue reading

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Have Gun Will Travel

Every couple of months, somebody asks me for a business card, and I don’t have one. So, after years of doing without, I’m making a new one. The only information on it will be my name, email address and blog … Continue reading

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Happy Inauguration Day

About time for another blog entry. It’s been over a year and a half since my last one. Strangely, that sentence reminded me of the opening line of Catholic confession, or what used to be the opening line: “Bless me … Continue reading

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Going to get our freedom

I was in Birmingham, Alabama last month. First time I was ever in the state. I surprised myself at how strongly I was affected by visiting the city’s old civil rights battlegrounds. Standing in the Sixth Street Baptist Church where … Continue reading

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We are the 99 percent – web site gives eloquent voice to the victims of Wall Street

This is  a site put up by some of the people who organized the occupation of Wall Street.  It allows the poor and unemployed to post their photo and a letter describing their plight. It is very effective.

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21st Century Fascism

I’ve volunteered to work in Ohio on a ballot initiative.  We’re trying to overturn a piece of  legislation that pretty much cripples public employee unions.  It’s right out of the Republican play book.   You see it across the country.  And, … Continue reading

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Back in the USA

Vacation’s over and I can think of no better grounding on the reality I’ve come back to  than two Op-Ed pieces in the Washington Post by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Harold Meyerson.  Dionne is reflecting on the irony of America … Continue reading

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Are you scared yet?

It’s my last few days at La Muse, and I should be focused on my novel. But this morning I read a piece by Dana Milbank on Rick Perry.  Milbank portrays Perry as a religious bigot hell bent on establishing … Continue reading

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No racists in my family tree

Looking for hurricane news in the Times and found this – a very smart analysis of how popular entertainment, like the movie, The Help, distorts the reality of race relations during the segregation era.  The author of this piece doesn’t … Continue reading

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Evil doesn’t go on vacation

It’s nice to be tucked away in France for three weeks, but I can’t entirely ignore the self-inflicted catastrophe unfolding back home. This piece in the Washington Post summarizes the Republicans’ step-by-step campaign to reverse all of the gains in … Continue reading

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