Commentary

January 10th, 2018

The Case for Oprah

On Sunday morning, “Oprah for President” was the punchline of a joke. By Sunday night, it was a remote possibility. By Monday, it felt weirdly plausible. Things move fast in American politics. Everyone knows Oprah. So when she took the stage at the Golden Globe Awards to accept the Cecil B. de Mille Award she …

January 3rd, 2018

Words Matter, Especially These, Especially Now

Words matter. Whether you’re a child or a just childish President. Vice President Joe Biden scolded Trump today in a way I have done with my little kids. Just recently, my son didn’t want anyone reading his journal, so he wrote “I will kill you if you read this” on the inside cover. So yeah, …

January 2nd, 2018

2018 – Time For Women To Save The World?

There is something in the air, and no, it’s not more snow. Today Tina Smith will take over as embattled MN Senator Al Franken steps down. And as positive for women as that might sound, the overall numbers are dismal. Women make up less than 20% of Congress, and in the US, women in elected …

December 28th, 2017

Year One in the Age of Trump

Well, we’re not dead yet. The world has not been consumed by a nuclear conflagration. The White House has not been struck by lightning. I guess we made it through the first year. This is not a detailed, analytical assessment of the costs and benefits of the Trump presidency – I’ll leave that heavy lifting …

December 26th, 2017

The War On Christmas? Never About Christmas

White Protestants, or if we’re being honest, racists, who insist that we say “Christmas” instead of “Holiday” might reconsider if they did a little bit of homework. With Trump leading the chant, they call on Americans to embrace “the reason for the season,” as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, …

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 …

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