Monthly Archives: August 2015

Katrina Changed Everything

AUG 28 | Reprinted from

Katrina changed everything.

Ten years ago, as the storm battered first Florida, then Mississippi and then Louisiana, the dreams and expectations of the American people were similarly battered.

Katrina exposed fault lines in our society, shattered faith in our political leaders and the political system and undermined confidence in democracy and capitalism. Continue reading

Raising the “Hero” Bar

AUG 24 | Reprinted from

We have cheapened the value of the word, “hero.”

A lot of people are brave. Teachers, nurses, local service volunteers, Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers. We’ve applied the word “hero” to most, if not all of them.

Firefighters and police officers who routinely run into grave danger qualify as heroes. Service members who have saved the lives of their mates – often at the cost of their own, do, too.

But, they have chosen to put themselves into situations where the need for heroism is, if not expected, at least recognized as a real possibility. Continue reading

Lunacy of the Campaign Lemmings


“Trump driving migrant debate,” read the headline over the lead story in the Washington Post.

The story beneath the headline seemed to imply that Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rants on immigration have frightened into submission some of his opponents for the Republican nomination for President. Like lemmings heading seaward, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, and Lindsey Graham, according to the Post, have been suddenly converted to Trump’s way of thinking on several immigration issues, particularly overturning the birthright provisions of the Constitution. Continue reading

Class…Where Have You Gone?

AUG 18 | Reprinted from The Screaming Moderate (

Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Nelson Mendela, Indira Gandhi, Sidney Poitier. What do all those people have in common? Class.

Where has class gone? Is it dying because our politicians and celebrities are over-exposed? Is it dying because we are  so exposed these days that our faults are no longer hidden? Do we just know too much to accept anyone has class anymore? After all, there are cable TV channels and web sites for each of us: left wing, right wing; foodies, sports, hobbyist. We don’t have to be Continue reading

Trump and the American Character


Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid. Megyn Kelly is a bimbo. The Mexicans are smarter than us because they are sending us their drugs, their crime, and their rapists. We have a weak President that [sic] kisses everybody’s ass. Rosie O’Donnell is a disgusting slob. Some women are fat pigs, dogs, and disgusting animals.

Donald Trump getting headlines. Donald Trump branding Donald Trump. Donald Trump ‘having fun.’

These Trumpisms also seem to appeal to the anger seething in millions of people over the state of their lives, their society,  town, workplace,  schools, the country, the world;  the sense that Continue reading

Cursing My Government For Not Using My Taxes to Fill Holes With More Cement

AUG 4 | Reprinted from

“You fell asleep in my car

I drove the whole time

But that’s okay I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine

I’m driving here I sit

Cursing my government

For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement”

My son gets a kick out of that new song, “Tear in My Heart,” by Twenty One Pilots. I think it’s kind of funny too. Continue reading