Archive for June, 2013

Tom, Dick, Jim, Antonio and Eric

Posted on June 29, 2013 by

I came to town in ’81 when Bradley was in charge Impressed with his integrity and vision which was large He stood up tall and saw a way to build a new downtown And opened up our city hall to everyone around His predecessor in the job, Sam Yorty was barbaric Just think about how [...]

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The Court’s Catholic Conservatives and DOMA

Posted on June 27, 2013 by

I was expecting this court to overturn DOMA but I had a secret wish that at least one of the four conservative Catholics would join the majority. Roberts or Alito – both born in the 1950s – would certainly have had contact with non-heterosexual peers; Scalia could have construed DOMA as an intrusion on states [...]

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Pot Smoking in America

Posted on June 21, 2013 by

I stopped smoking pot years ago because it was raising my blood pressure, making me paranoid and holding me back. This is not meant to criticize my peers who still enjoy getting high; or those who use “medicinal” marijuana. In fact, I have some very positive associations to my years as a pot head, particularly [...]

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The Generals, the Spies and Barack Obama

Posted on June 14, 2013 by

To understand the expansion of drone attacks and domestic spying under Barack Obama, I imagine a meeting among the newly elected president in 2009 and America’s top spies, national security analysts and military offices in the white house “situation” room. I picture the president surrounded by those shoulder-padded generals alongside somber CIA operatives, the types [...]

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Privacy, Freedom and Individualism

Posted on June 8, 2013 by

How can anyone be surprised to learn that the National Security Agency is monitoring our phone calls and our internet activity? Our privacy rights are under attack from all directions: Security cameras watch our every move inside stores and as we walk – or drive – on city streets; Our cell phones are signaling to [...]

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MSNBC Fading?

Posted on June 1, 2013 by

News that MSNBC talk shows – Maddow, Matthews, Hayes and the others – took a ratings dive recently underscores my own frustration and “issues fatigue.” We watch MSNBC to share feelings of triumph and possibility and as a buffer for our outrage.  Six months after the 2012 election, with the political process slogging along, our [...]

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