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Why would Rex Tillerson call Donald Trump a “moron”?

  NBC News reports that Secretary of  State Rex Tillerson almost resigned his post this past July and has referred to President Trump as a “moron.” The network said its report was based on information from three sources. Interestingly,  Tillerson has denied the part about almost resigning, but his dismissal of the “moron” remark is less categorical. He simply said he doesn’t want to talk about “petty stuff like that.” President Trump says, predictably enough, that the story is “fake...

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Guns in America

  In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the subject of guns in America once again is a hot topic. Here are a few facts on the matter: The United States is far and away the world leader in gun ownership among all nations. But then, our country also suffers mass shootings at a rate at least 11 times higher than any other developed country, according to a study published in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences. There are 88 guns for every 100 people in America. But the majority of us don’t own guns, which...

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Where was proverbial “good guy with a gun” in Vegas?

    Last night’s  massacre in Las Vegas, which killed scores of people and wounded hundreds of others, has put the lie to one of the gun lobby’s favorite myths The nonsense to which I refer drips from the mouth of Wayne LaPierre, principal spokesman for the National Rifle Association, almost every time he opens his mouth. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” You can best understand that drivel if you recognize it for what it is. It’s a sales pitch. If you think of...

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“He hates the same people I hate”

  A casual acquaintance of mine, let’s call him Cynical Sidney, offered an interesting explanation the other day for why, against his better judgment,  he supports Donald Trump. “He hates the same people I hate,” my friend declared. “Hate” probably is too strong a word for what Sidney was trying to say, but I think I understand what he meant. He dislikes certain kinds of people — smug liberals, especially —  with a purple passion. And if most of those certain kinds of people oppose Trump at every...

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Another reason why we need a different national anthem

  As you know, the current war Donald Trump is waging against the National Football League has spawned widespread public discussion of respect — or lack of it — for the American flag and the National Anthem. It also affords me the opportunity to renew my previously-stated call for dumping Francis Scott Key’s  “The Star-Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem — and to supplement that argument with an angle or two I’ve only recently discovered. The fundamental problem with “The Star-Spangled...

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Roy Moore is my kind of Republican

  Most regular readers of this blog probably have discerned that I’m not exactly a rabid Republican. Oh, I’ve voted for a few Republican candidates over the years, but that was mostly before the GOP became a nest of right-wing crackpots. (John B. Anderson, where are you when we need you?) These days, I find the Republican Party mostly a source of amusement. This gang holds the White House and both houses of Congress — but they can’t get anything done.  How many times have they tried to repeal and replace...

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Trump thinks football has become too wimpy

  If the sport of football faces an existential crisis these days, it’s best known by the initials CTE, which stands  for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. The National Football League has taken steps to guard against CTE by adopting rules against excessively violent tackling, but that seems not to have stemmed a growing trend among parents to keep their sons out of the gridiron sport. Indeed, at least a few promising young players have voluntarily...

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Violations of the U.S. Flag Code are commonplace

  Even if only unwittingly, President Trump has done the nation a big favor by starting a national debate on the fine points of etiquette with regard to our nation’s flag. Trump’s principal targets are certain players in the National Football League who,  for reasons of their own, refuse to stand during the singing of the National Anthem at NFL games. The president says these malcontents should be fired from their lucrative jobs. At issue is The United States Flag Code, which was drawn up under the sponsorship of dozens of...

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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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