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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 race card: It’s okay to boo the president, he’s just a n—-r.

(Update: 9/17/09) South Carolina's Joe Wilson might have been thinking the n-word when he shouted "you lie" in the hallowed hall of the House of Representatives, otherwise known as "The…