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Politicians: Don’t Do As They Say, Nor As They Do

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One of the top reasons I enjoy writing about politics is that I look like a model citizen compared to a lot of politicians. We put them on pedestals (or rather, they install themselves there) and they wield a good deal of power, but plenty of them do and say ridiculous things — from the […]

No matter what, the President is still the President

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There’s a new Facebook fan page that’s been gathering steam over the last week: Dear Lord, this year you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayzie. You took my favorite actress, Farah Fawcett. You took my favorite singer, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama. Amen. Hilarious. Never […]

On the fence about health care reform.

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I’m not sure what to think about health care reform. On the other hand, I am sure that — if I made that statement in conversation — most people I know would shout either, "How can you support it?!" or "How can you oppose it?!" Because it seems like the only real majority here are […]

Why I’m tired of the GOP

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There’s no doubt (except perhaps among loyal listeners of Rush Limbaugh) that the Republican party is splintering. From the emergence of the Tea Party movement to the backlash against RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) to the political odd couple on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008, it’s nearly impossible to figure out how today’s GOP […]

Coffee or Tea, Which One is for Me?

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When I registered as an Independent, I did so because I didn’t want to be affiliated with the Republican party anymore, but neither did I want to be a Democrat. I differ significantly enough with each party’s platform that I refused to let either one count me among their ranks. I suppose I could have […]

The rise of the “Birthers”

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I hadn’t been paying much attention to the Birthers. Of course, I knew of the movement and its assertions, but I saw little coverage. It seemed that Camille Paglia was correct when she wrote last fall: "Thanks to their own blathering, fanatical overkill, of course, the right-wing challenges to the birth certificate never gained traction." […]

Mortgage modifications still uncommon? Good.

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One of my greatest reservations when I voted for President Barack Obama was his plan for addressing foreclosures specifically, that bankruptcy courts could determine new home values for those in danger of foreclosure. From my October 7, 2008 column: Case in point, a statement made by Sen. Biden in last Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate: BIDEN: […]

Friends and Politics

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In my writing, I’m quite open about exactly what I think. I endeavor to state my views respectfully and with a modicum of substantiation (I’m not the only person who thinks so, see?), but I don’t shy away from sharing them even when I know I’ll be in the minority. Why is it then that […]

The defection of Arlen Specter.

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Senator Arlen Specter has left the Republican party and joined the Democrats. But don’t be fooled – his defection is neither an endorsement of the Democratic platform nor a rejection of the GOP. It’s a matter of political survival, which he stated quite plainly in his interview on Meet the Press last Sunday: "…I undertook […]

Green Up Your Act on Earth Day

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Tomorrow is Earth Day. I’m aware of that fact primarily because my daughter came home from school last week and asked me if we were "green". "Sort of," I replied. It sounds like a wishy-washy answer, but it’s true. Like turquoise or chartreuse, some people might call us green. But we’re certainly not emerald or […]