Category Archives: Columns

On the Death of My Father

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all…

Life and Death in Polarized America

Sooner or later everything becomes polarized in this divided country of ours. It’s against the rules to see the other side’s point of view.   That’s like giving ammo to the enemy. Besides, in media circles, where people make a good living dividing Americans, seeing the other guy’s point of view is bad for business. When…

“Riots & Racism” and “Inconvenient Truths”

Can we all agree that , the recent riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, had as much to do with the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown as it did with a hurricane in Hawaii or a square dance in Iowa? As I have written in the past, a legitimate protest consists…

The Jihadi Serial Killer no One’s Talking About

For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of “vengeance” on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not. The usual suspects who decry hate crimes and…

Fueling the Ferguson Fire

They are drawn like moths to a flame. In this case, an inferno. Press, pundits, politicians, and provocateurs rub their hands together with glee when there is a racial incident like the one in Ferguson, especially when the actors in this oft-repeated drama are cast in the proper roles. If the victim is black and…

“Tender Hearts & Soft-Boiled Brains” and “Death & Taxes”

We Americans like to think of ourselves as 320 million humanitarians. While it’s true that we tend to be charitable, even going so far as to help our enemies around the world when they’re hit by a natural disaster, sometimes our better nature flies in the face of commonsense. For instance, in recent weeks, we…

It Doesn’t Discriminate

Let’s say you’re an average, everyday person. Like anybody else, you enjoy certain diversions, such as music, movies, and/or sports. You turn up the radio when your favorite band comes on. You’re gleefully tethered to the TV every Sunday from September to January, savoring every touchdown and tackle. Every summer you’re one of the millions…

The Ferguson Feeding Frenzy

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism. Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas. Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of…