Uh-oh! I’m becoming a dotard!

  How likely is it that a celebrated man of words like me could learn a valuable vocabulary lesson from a certifiable whack-job like Kim Jong Un, the weird manchild in North Korea who doesn’t even speak English? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week during a war of words between Kim and his rival nutcase in America, Donald Trump. In one of Kim’s nasty exchanges with Trump the other day, he asserted — or rather, his translators asserted — that the American president is a “dotard.”...

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Is football doomed?

  The question in the headline above is perhaps overstated. Football does not currently face actual extinction, but there’s plenty of evidence that it’s in decline of late in terms of attendance, TV ratings and, most importantly, participation. And let’s not have it said that the controversy over conspicuous protests staged by Colin Kaepernick and certain other players during the playing of the National Anthem is a major factor in the fall-off of public interest in football. Dismay with Kaepernick’s actions has...

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Lest we forget that Obama inherited huge problems

  It was only eight months ago today that Barack Obama’s two-term stint as president came to an end, but most folks probably sense that much more time has passed since that change-of-the guard took place. The principal reason that Obama seems to have been gone from office a longer time is that his successor, Donald Trump, is such a colorful and unpredictable man and has thus become a huge media attraction. I haven’t researched the statistics, but I would bet the farm that Trump’s campaign and the early months of his...

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Relax! Trump won’t nuke North Korea, unless…

    President Trump created quite a stir this morning when he threatened, in a speech at the United Nations, to destroy North Korea if it doesn’t cease and desist with its nuclear saber-rattling. The big surprise is that anyone seriously gave credence to this rhetoric. Let’s get real here, folks. Unless Trump and the military brass-hats who advise him have taken complete leave of their senses, there is no way in hell that the United States would pre-emptively nuke North Korea. That would constitute the murder of tens of...

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A most eventful year

  If, like me, you’re a history buff, prepare yourself for the coming media orgy commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the most eventful years in modern American history — 1968. The television networks and book publishers no doubt are busy these days preparing retrospectives on the happenings of that year — a feast I keenly anticipate, especially from my perspective as a person who experienced much of it, in one way or another. I was a political activist in my mid-20s in those days, which made me, even...

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