Is Obama a disgraceful two bit Chicago hack?

My real life friend posting as “bogofree” writes that Obama is a “disgraceful two bit Chicago hack”. Do I agree? First, I’ll answer with another question. Was Richard J. Daley, the longest serving mayor of any city who ruled Chicago for 21 years, also a “disgraceful two bit Chicago hack”? Wikipedia, accurately in this case, […]

Republicans: Your votes and the abstraction of death

A message to Republicans: Death is not an abstract exercise when your vote directly leads to people dying. Do you know someone, a friend or relative, who had someone dear to them die in the past year? Have you offered your condolences and told them to call you anytime they feel the need to talk?

Well, that’s not enough.

The GOP, goop, and political Pop-tarts

The Republicans want to score political points by entering familiar territory, Alice’s Wonderland. By their topsy turvy logic all ill that has and will come from the B.P. oil disaster is President Obama’s fault. Put aside the fact we can count the number of offshore rigs built during President Bush’s administration, who can forget the […]

Conjuring musings out of grief

Regular readers know my wife of 40 years died in January and that I am struggling to write again. All I can come up with these days is some fragments of thoughts on the news, so here goes. First, watching Rachel Madow trying to pin down a supporter of the Arizona immigration law on the […]

Tea is brown and other musings

My mind is functioning in slow motion these days. It is, after all, only on January 11th that Betty (my wife of 40 years) died. But some disparate things in the news struck me as worth a mention, albeit shared without my acerbic wit. First, the Tea Party. What an asinine name for a political […]

Let’s get real about prohibitions against doctor assisted euthanasia

I stopped posting regular columns in September when my wife of forty years, Betty, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Her condition deteriorated rapidly despite the best treatment in the world at the highest rated cancer center in New England. She was hospitalized twice in Boston but never left the hospital the second time. […]

Ten reasons NOT to read Capitol Hill Blue

1) You’re already depressed enough about things in your personal life that you can’t control.

2) Some of Doug’s titles are such downers that you can’t bring yourself to read the column, “Losing America” for example. Trust me. I read it and now I have all I can do to keep from having a second glass of pinot noir.

3) The other columnists, myself included, seem to have refined kvetching to an internet version of graffiti.

Moonbats and wingnuts: Why the numbers matter

The far extremes of both parties get too much of the news. Currently the far right with their Barack as Adolph signs and their most outrageous comments play well to the show business side of the 24/7 news. These are the so-called wingnuts. Among them are the birthers, those who think Obama is a secret Muslim, and who wants to pull the plug on grandma. The far lefties, the moonbats, grumble about Obama’s health care not being socialist enough and cast their counter-parts on the other extreme as rednecks and racists. Why can’t we just ignore the extremists and pay attention to the rational Republicans and Democrats? (See William Safire: “On Moon Bats and Wing Nuts”)