Commentary

September 29th, 2017

Darrell Hammond; What a Real Artist Looks Like

The Washington Post published an extensive piece today on SNL veteran Darrell Hammond, a friend of mine whom I met back in 80s. Normally, I would hesitate to call him a friend, in that we were on the road together 30 years ago when no one knew our names, and today he is one of …

September 28th, 2017

Hugh Hefner Was a First Class Creep

As we look back on the life of Hugh Hefner, I hear revisionist rumblings of how he was a “crusader” for the sexual revolution. Really? Sex doesn’t need a crusader. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s almost seven billion people in the world. Sex is doing just fine. Hugh Hefner wasn’t a visionary. He was …

September 25th, 2017

Courage is Kaepernick, and Now This Guy

I have two heroes today; Colin Kaepernick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Colin Kaepernick is an unemployed professional football player who ignited the US with his protest against the shooting of young, unarmed black males. And all he did was nothing. Colin Kaepernick sat still during the national anthem. That’s it. He didn’t raise a fist …

September 23rd, 2017

The Right to Take a Knee

Controversy continues to swirl around a handful of NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem, a peaceful, silent, and non-violent protest initiated last year by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In interviews, Kaepernick and others say that the aim of these very visible demonstrations of non-compliance is to draw attention to racial inequities throughout …

September 14th, 2017

For Every 20-Foot Wall, There’s a 21-Foot Ladder

Trump’s insistence on building a wall, a beautiful wall, is really not about a wall. It’s about the “idea” of building a wall. Trump says he knows how to build things, like his Trump towers, so a wall would be easy. (Although I’m not sure how the two compare, unless he built a 2200 mile-high …

September 8th, 2017

The High Cost of Press Neutrality

A free and vigorous press is an essential feature of any vibrant democracy. Everybody knows that. But with liberty comes responsibility. In an attempt to navigate the maelstrom of conflicting perspectives that constitute the modern media landscape, many traditional media outlets stick to the tired trope of “fair and balanced.” But is neutrality even a …

September 4th, 2017

D-Day for DACA

DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), is on the chopping block. All indications are that Trump will bow to anti-immigrant pressure and suspend DACA tomorrow even though 80% of Republicans favor DACA, including 75% of Trump’s base. It’s time for a little review. Just what is DACA anyway? DACA was an executive order signed by …

August 7th, 2017

Libertarians Need To Wake Up

Libertarian? My realization after riding this train after 9/11 thru the 2008 crash is there is no such thing. The truth is we are a great country, not because of business, but because of the great government programs that created a competitive playing field. I know, having lived in DC for most of my life …

August 2nd, 2017

Progressives and Evolution

I’m a progressive who 17 years ago was a social liberal, fiscal conservative. Or more to the point, I was wrong. It took two recessions and real-life experiences to truly understand the macro-economics at play. The best way to understand capitalism is to first understand “capital.” Let’s imagine capital as a pile of baseball bats. …

July 27th, 2017

A Not-So-Implausible Conspiracy Theory

The June 2016 meeting between the Trumps and the Russians is the subject of ongoing scrutiny by the media, the public and – it appears – the special counsel appointed to look into the question of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Much more effort will likely be expended in this area, trying to suss …

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