Commentary

December 22nd, 2017

The Politics of The Last Jedi

In “The Last Jedi,” the latest installment of the Star Wars series,  something powerful hidden in plain sight is revealed. It’s all there in the opening battle sequence, and the theme never lets up until the closing credits. In this heartening vision of the future, inclusive, multi-racial pluralism is unabashedly championed over white male-centric mono-culture. …

December 20th, 2017

Baby, Please Don’t Go (POTUS IS HIDING OUT THERE)

The annual White House Christmas party for reporters is always worthy of a few jokes. During the course of the year a popular joke among the press corps is “Man you pissed them off. You won’t get an invitation to the Christmas party.” Apparently April Ryan, the African American reporter from American Urban Radio Networks,  …

December 17th, 2017

Will Trump Start A Nuclear War?

President Trump’s over-the-top rhetoric has the world on edge, but what effect does it have on Kim Jung Un? Good question, right? As we gauge the international reaction to North Korea’s continued missile launches, here’s a list of what we don’t know; Does Kim have the capability to launch a missile with a fissionable device …

December 16th, 2017

Does “Smart” Barbie Look a Little Heavier?

The latest barrage of sexual assault and harassment allegations against men has me thinking and viewing the world differently. As it should. A friend sent me this picture of two Barbies. There’s the “scientist” Barbie and “ice skater” Barbie. They are both attractive representations, but the scientist Barbie seems to be dressed more modestly, and …

December 15th, 2017

Baby, Please Don’t Go

The annual White House Christmas party for reporters is always worthy of a few jokes. During the course of the year a popular joke among the press corps is “Man you pissed them off. You won’t get an invitation to the Christmas party.” Apparently April Ryan, the African American reporter from American Urban Radio Networks,  did just that. She …

December 14th, 2017

The Tax Bill: Sausage Getting Made

If there’s anything certain in politics, it’s this: politics always wins. The GOP Tax bill first promised big cuts for the middle-class, then scared a lot of Americans with the threat of draconian cuts in long established areas, and now is positioned to do as originally intended; provide tax relief for corporations. To be sure, …

December 14th, 2017

Sandy Hook and the Right to Life

Five years ago I was standing at the altar of a church. I was the Sunday morning guest speaker. The minister had the day off. I had my sermon prepared of course. It was about Christmas, and the beautiful metaphor of seeing God in the form of a tiny child. But a few days earlier, …

December 13th, 2017

When “They” Lose, Do “You” Win?

The Democratic party had a great Tuesday, or maybe the GOP had a horrific one. Is there a difference? Politics is like those geometry tests where the two trains are heading for a crash. You just have to calculate when. In the case of Jones vs Alabama, GOP voters rejected Moore. And in doing so, …

December 13th, 2017

A Victory For Old Fashioned Democratic Party Politics

As the smoke clears from last night’s bellwether election in Alabama, one thing is clear — this is a victory for old fashioned mainstream Democratic Party politics. From Tom Perez and the DNC all the way down to the newest kid walking precincts and working the phones, Doug Jones’s thin margin of victory was hard-won …

December 12th, 2017

The War On Christmas? Sign Me Up!

Spoiler alert: Santa is “Fake News.” I’m kidding of course, although in this political climate, who knows? How did Christmas get so complicated? I love Christmas, but I still say Holidays. Not because I’m afraid of offending my Jewish, Muslim, or Christian friends; I say “Happy Holidays” just to tweak Republicans who think I’m being …

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