Category Archives: Politics

Conservative? Yes. Libertarian? Yes. Objectivist? Yes. Contradictory? Not really.

When I taught ethics and philosophy, the unit on Objectivism was always the toughest to get over to the students because it sounds so darn mean! Think for yourself. Do for yourself. When I have described myself as an Objectivist/Libertarian, I … Continue reading

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Has John Kerry Already “Jumped the Shark” Regarding Israel?

           Only a day before a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were slated to begin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem were “illegitimate” … Continue reading

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Humanizing the Poor

In 2014, if the House of Representatives Budget Committee has its way, both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts would see 49 per cent cuts. The House budget committee’s idea that funding the … Continue reading

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“Sweet Caroline” is “Turning Japanese”

In keeping with the pop culture trend of mash-ups, this week’s topic revealed itself to me as two song titles. The former, of course, is the Neil Diamond hit that has become symbolic of Boston through its playing at Fenway … Continue reading

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How Florida Became a Punchline

July 10, 2013 10:49 PM Considering that the state entered modern times from humble beginnings as a real estate scam (if only Ponce de Leon could have sold timeshares at “Fountain of Youth Golf and Country Club), current events have … Continue reading

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Egypt: Keystone to the Middle East

July 03, 2013 3:24 PM As the Egyptian military takes control of the country, having previously restricted President Mohammed Morsi’s ability to travel and seized the state-run news media, we should consider why this is a critical development. Since the … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops Where?

May 15, 2013 3:58 PM News conferences have become difficult to watch lately. We call them “news,” not “press,” conferences because of the dwindling number of physically printed news outlets. The problem has been the lack of actual news content … Continue reading

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Death and Destruction in my Hometown

April 18, 2013 1:57 PM Last night I stayed up watching the updates of the fertilizer factory explosion outside my hometown of Waco, Texas. In fact, the blast was in the little town of West (originally called West Station), where … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage Issue Solved!

March 27, 2013 7:42 PM No matter which way the Supreme Court rules on the California ballot measure and/or the Federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” I actually reconciled this problem in my own mind months ago. Oddly enough, the solution … Continue reading

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I’m not Catholic but …

March 13, 2013 4:59 PM … watching the coverage of the last few days during the transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Francis I makes one think of larger concepts. While the capital letter “C” version of Catholic refers to … Continue reading

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