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[25 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton was on a losing downslide–due to a couple of self-inflicted wounds–she appears to have bottomed out and begun a slow but sure incremental uptick. Little doubt that she now leads Donald Trump nationally by 3-4 points again, just as the first debate comes upon us. (I write, of course, prior to that event.)

Trump still holds slim leads or ties in some major battleground states, but at the moment they cannot put him over the top. Further, the battleground states are a lagging indicator and …

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[20 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

They finally nailed Donald Trump and his five years of being the liar-in-chief about Obama not being born in the USA–and now it’s time to go after him on a comment as sexist as the birther myth was racist.
His brief, unapologetic statement “President Barack Hussein Obama was born in the United States. Period.” was coupled with another outright lie, that Hillary Clinton’s campaign started the birther “movement.”
The weekend papers and talk shows chewed this matter thoroughly–but not all recalled that Trump once said the reason Obama may be “hiding” his …

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[13 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]

Okay, poll cats, though you may have been agonizing–or beaming–about each and every presidential poll since the primaries began, all those cheers and tears were wasted because the polls until now have been next to worthless insofar as being predictive.  Even the websites that specialize in aggregating and analyzing them would tell you that except they want you to keep coming back.
Today, however, I give you permission to start paying attention, beginning with the polls that come out later this week–mid-September is when things really start taking shape. But note …

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[7 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]

Sports, the flag and the national anthem are so interlinked that an old gag has it that the last two words of the “Star Spangled Banner” are “play ball.”
Furthermore, ignoring  the rituals associated with the anthem–singing, standing, saluting or placing hand over heart are viewed in many quarters as a sign of disloyalty to the USA–especially for minorities.
Yet some of these perspectives change. Back during the 1968 World Series singer Jose Feliciano was roundly booed for vocalizing a few jazz-like variations on the anthem. Since then it has become almost …

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[30 Aug 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

As expected,  after Donald Trump’s appeal to African American voters in front of all-white audiences, race has entered the campaign big-time.
Hillary Clinton gave several hard-hitting speeches listing Trump’s long history of racist (or today’s preferred conservative term “racialist”) actions and statements, but  stopped short of calling him an outright racist because she doesn’t know  “what’s really in his heart.”
Trump just outright called her a “bigot” and doubled down on his (often true) line that Democrats take the AA vote for granted–and that cities long under Democratic mayors are segregated with …

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[23 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

I’ve been ranting about the need for genuine community policing  here and elsewhere as a major stride toward restoring trust between police and minority communities–which is one of the important steps we can take toward solving and even preventing crime in those neighborhoods. How can police expect the cooperation of local communities when they are feared as much or almost as much as the gangs?

An article in the August 18 New York Review of Books by UN Ambassador Samantha Power titled “US Diplomacy: Realism and Reality,” critiques our diplomacy and …

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[18 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

As we await Donald Trump’s latest “sarcastic” grotesquerie and Hillary Clinton’s next “short circuit” (whatever that means) let us contemplate the ridiculous perversion of democracy that brought them to us: the scattershot process of nominating the major parties’ presidential candidates. States’ rights run amuck.

   The variations from state to state include primary elections, caucuses, state conventions and sometimes a mix of caucus  and convention, any of which send delegates to the party’s national convention .
  Caucuses, despite the suggestion of old-fashioned town-hall democracy, are inherently undemocratic. They are held during …

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[10 Aug 2016 | One Comment | ]

The past couple of weeks have been so bad for Donald Trump that he was forced to try a drastic new gimmick: tell the truth and admit error–the first time he has resorted to such a radical campaign  tactic.
For days he was spouting in great detail about seeing a “secret” video of a cargo plane landing in Iran carrying $400 million cash and Iranians unloading the precious loot,  allegedly ransom for releasing  American hostages.
His own campaign aides denied its existence, but he said again and again the Iranians made the …

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[3 Aug 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

The cable babblers, ever on the verbal prowl for a controversy to fill the 24-hour news cycle, fill hour after hour questioning whether enough disgruntled Sanders supporters will vote for Donald Trump, the Green Party’s Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson to defeat Hillary Clinton. They cite an early poll indicating perhaps 40 percent would not vote for her–or more recent ones suggesting about 20 percent will vote against her or stay home.

If the last number is correct, some 2.8 million votes across the country would be lost to Clinton–as …

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[26 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

People, I am greatly relieved.
Ever since he got into the presidential race, (to plagiarize myself)  I wrote “this clown is dangerous.” I feared a Donald Trump victory, however unlikely, would lead us into a more xenophobic, racist, authoritarian society whose main beneficiaries would be the 1 percent, maybe even the .01 percent of which he claims to be a part.
Little did I know that he–and he alone–can solve all our problems, domestic and international, right after taking the oath of office.
How did I learn this?  His 75-minute speech last Thursday. …