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Anything Can Happen Between Now and Election Day — and Probably Will

All the polls say it’s going to be a good November for the Republicans. They say the GOP has a better than even chance to take control of the Senate. Some pundits are going even further, looking into their crystal balls and declaring it could be a wave election, a GOP tsunami. If you’re a…

A President Trying to Catch Up with His People

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” Gandhi, of course, was simply being humble. He was a great leader and a man of great courage, a man who freed his people and changed the course of history. They didn’t call him Mahatma for nothing, a…

Bulletin: A NYT Columnist Hears Chants for Blood — from (Gasp!) Conservatives

The other day, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote that, “ISIS is awful but is not a threat to America’s homeland.” Let’s hope he’s right, but who thought Al Qaeda was a threat to America’s homeland – until it was? The fact is that hundreds of Americans and British young men have signed on…

A Rare Politician with Guts

On July 7, 2005 Muslim terrorists attacked London. They set off bombs on buses and trains that left 52 people dead and hundreds more injured. After the attack the Daily Telegraph conducted a poll of British Muslims, asking about their attitudes toward terrorism, specifically about the bus and train bombings. While a vast majority –…

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…

The Elite Liberal Softer Kind of Racism

I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri between the cop and the kid. And neither do you. When I covered hard news I saw cops who crossed the line and I saw kids who started trouble. So let’s not jump to conclusions. But what do you think the reaction in Ferguson would have been…

Mission Not Accomplished

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush flew onto the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln anchored off the coast of San Diego and announced an end to “major combat operations” in Iraq. As if that wasn’t bad enough given the years of war that followed those words, the president was standing beneath a giant…

A Few Words About a Friend Who Changed My Life

On February 8, 1996 I got a phone call that changed the course of my life. The call was from a fella named Jerry Kelley, a building contractor who was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama and made Gomer Pyle sound like Laurence Olivier. Jerry had repaired my house in Miami after Hurricane Andrew blew…