Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Shift to Common Decency

It’s still sinking in. After Charleston, all that Republican and Fox News talk about black “thugs” and black folks with no sense of personal responsibility had to stop, and they had to give up on the Confederate flag too. Then things … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Christie, Republicans in Disarray | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greece Hits the Wall

Let’s talk about debt. We’re all awash in it – credit cards, student loans, the mortgage and all the rest – and we can’t print our own money. We’re stuck with it. We’ll never pay it off. We live lives … Continue reading

Posted in Austerity Economics, Greek Debt Crisis | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Lost Cause

In classical music they call them the old warhorses – the pieces that please the crowds and bore the musicians to tears – the 1812 Overture, Ravel’s Bolero, Bizet’s Carmen Suite and that sort of thing. And in musical theater … Continue reading

Posted in Gay Marriage, Republicans Dig In on Gay Marriage | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Great Awakening

America has had one Great Awakening after another – a sudden wave of religious enthusiasm, usually with widespread revivals led by thundering evangelical ministers. Everyone starts talking about religion, and about conviction and redemption and whatnot. Evangelical church membership jumps … Continue reading

Posted in Gay Marriage, Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Republican Slump

Baseball is the American game, and it’s full of the inexplicable. Even the best players fall into a slump now and then. They can’t buy a hit and they don’t know why. The batting coach doesn’t know why. The manager … Continue reading

Posted in Fair Housing Act of 1968, Obamacare | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On the Possibility of Revolution

Something slipped by. Everyone was consumed with what happened after the skinny white kid, high on dreams of starting a race war to rid America of those black folks who were taking over and raping our women, murdered nine folks … Continue reading

Posted in Trans-Pacific Partnership | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Actual End of the War

Situational awareness is a good thing – originally a military term used in the training of fighter pilots in World War I and the first rule in air combat ever since. Know where everyone is, friend and foe, and note … Continue reading

Posted in Confederate Flag Controversy, Republicans Abandon the South | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment