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November 30, 2020
The Idea of Progress

LETTER TO BORIS† November 30 – the 185th birthday of Mark Twain Дорогой Борис, You say in your earlier email, after noting that ¾ of all Rembrandt paintings are forgeries, “it's always good to keep in mind that absolutely all the masterpieces of world music, painting and architecture were created UNDER MONARCHIES, and not under […]

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November 30, 2020
Bury a Bigot

LETTER TO BORIS† November 23 Дорогой Борис, I’m happy that you introduced me to Александр С. Грибоедов (Alexander Griboyedov), who was, in addition to being a playwright, poet and composer, an ambassador to Persia, serving Emperor Nicholas I. I was also pleased to discover a new (to me) Latin descriptor: homo unius libri, meaning “a […]

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August 4, 2020
Russians Invade Italy!

LETTER TO BORIS† July 23 Дорогой Борис, I see you have sent me a video of the Russian Army invading Italy with Italian masterpieces of opera in choral style. You point out that in this way, Russian agents secretly distribute militaristic ideas among all nations. Seeing the grateful Italian audience applaud this propaganda, supposedly intended […]

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July 7, 2020
Ana Kasparian (1986)

I grew up super-religious. ... And I’m now an atheist. And the reason why I’m an atheist is because of education. ... I made my own decision because I was empowered to do so.

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June 21, 2020
The Russian Threat

But what about Russian aggression? If you consider how aggressively Russia has located itself so close to Europe...

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June 21, 2020
When Fascism Comes to America...

In 1917 and 1918 labor leader Eugene V. Debs did speak about oppressors and tyrants who wrapped themselves ‘in a cloak of patriotism or religion, or both.’

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June 12, 2020
How Can One Not Be Antifa?

If you’re not Antifa, doesn’t that make you a fascist?

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June 11, 2020
Incredibly Ugly Inevitably

“Ugly” is what fascists do best. Whether or not “inevitably,” I agree that “Ugly things will get less ugly … hopefully.”

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May 18, 2020
My $0 Donation Message to Mr. Biden

If only “Democratic Unity” meant something to Progressives, like me, other than “My Way or the Highway.”

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April 9, 2020
God Will Not Protect You

As inevitably happens when fact bites faith, fact wins. Always. If nothing fails like prayer, as Dan Barker amusingly points out, nothing bites like reality.

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March 29, 2020
To “My Friend Ben”

To the Hon. Sen. Ben Cardin, Sir: It pains me to point out that the information you have emailed to your constituents is incomplete; some of it is plain wrong. Your statement that the CARES Act provides “direct payments of $1,200 per month to those with lower incomes” is incorrect: the $1200 is a one-time […]

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January 18, 2020
The Necessity of Socialism

Imagine, if you will, an economic system in which 99% of the people make 50% of the money and 1% of the people own the other 50% of the money. Imagine further that the share of the 1% keeps increasing because they control so much of the economy that they can buy the legislators, subvert […]

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December 16, 2019
Quick Comment: The Bloomberg Blues

I quote from The Guardian this morning: Sanders said last month he was “disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any other billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections”. Warren has warned that elections should not be “for sale”. In response Bloomberg argued […]

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November 22, 2019
Quick Comment: "Why the Democratic Party Is So Fed Up with Tulsi Gabbard"

“Why the Democratic Party Is So Fed Up with Tulsi Gabbard” My take on an 11/22/19 Yahoo News article— Pete Buttigieg did say he was willing to send our troops to Mexico to fight the cartels. Trump said much the same after some Mormon missionaries were murdered there. Only Mayor Pete had to walk back […]

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November 22, 2019
Quick Comment: “Obamacare Is Working”

“Obamacare Is Working” “The uninsured rate has dropped from 19.3% before the ACA to 12.4% now.” My take on a 11/21/19 Yahoo News article... Number of uninsured + underinsured (that is, people with health insurance who can’t afford to use it): 87,000,000 (2018). Number of medical bankruptcies: 62.1% of all bankruptcies were caused by medical […]

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November 17, 2019
Quick Comment: “Obama Warns Contenders About Leaning Too Far Left”

“Obama Warns Contenders About Leaning Too Far Left” My take on a 11/16/19 Yahoo News article... This is rich coming from a president who, in eight years, saw the loss of 1,000 Democratic seats at all levels of government. I suggest he (and Hillary Clinton) shut up. Mr. Obama's legacy is exactly why we got […]

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November 16, 2019
The Problem with Joe Biden

I received a mailing (pictured here) from former Vice President Joe Biden. I admit, I live in a conservative voting district in Maryland, so it’s understandable that his appeal for donations was misdirected. I registered Independent three years ago, but I re-registered Democrat ahead of the 2016 Maryland primaries so that I could vote for […]

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November 5, 2019
Bill Maher is a Republican

The supposed ‘left’ comedian is left behind I keep watching Bill Maher’s “Real Time” show on HBO, and have done so, Religulous-ly, almost since its inception in 2003. Although Maher was always irreverent toward religion, this was made crystal clear in his 2008 documentary, Religulous. I liked that about him, especially when he criticized the […]

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October 12, 2019
“Forced to Use Transgender Pronouns”

That was the breathless headline in RT (Russia Today) on October 4. But other news outlets started hyperventilating, as well, in characterizing the decision of the Birmingham employment tribunal of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as anti-religious discrimination. These included the BBC, Pulpit and Pen, Red State, American Thinker, and even the New […]

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September 26, 2019
Where was Nancy?

(Updated 10/27/2019) Nancy Patricia Pelosi, 52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, as of Tuesday (9/24/19) is talking tough about impeachment and the rule of law. She thinks Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, should be subject to an impeachment inquiry for violation of campaign finance laws via asking […]

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September 25, 2019
My Ray of Sunshine

“On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft – disabled half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent.” This is a strictly factual claim, so I can’t disagree with it. But […]

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September 10, 2019
Tom Perez and the DNC Want My Money and My Vote—they’re just not that into me and my needs

  MEMORANDUM TO: Thomas Edward Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee FROM: Ronald Bruce Meyer, Citizen of the United States of America DATE: September 8, 2019 RE: Your recent fundraising letter I feel your pain, Mr. Chairman. In your letter you say, “RIGHT NOW is a critical time for the Democratic Party…” Acknowledging that […]

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March 31, 2019
Lies My Newspaper Tells Me

The Guardian article, by Joe Parkin Daniels (in Bogotá, Columbia – one wonders why it wasn’t Joe Parkin Daniels in Caracas, Venezuela), is headlined, “Red Cross brokers Maduro-Guaidó deal to allow aid delivery,” already apparently siding with the 25% of the world that recognizes some legitimacy in Juan Guadó’s claim to leadership in Venezuela. But […]

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March 25, 2019
It’s (Not) Mueller Time. It’s MT.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to letter delivered to Congress on today by the US Attorney General. … Despite the high-profile indictments of several key Trump associates, like former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former lawyer Michael Cohen […]

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