Category Archives: Politics

Canary In A Coal Mine (OpEd)

Minority status people are like the canary in a coal mine in free societies. The analogy refers to the old practice of using the small birds as early indicators of toxic gases that might be present in coal mines. If … Continue reading

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In Neutral (Op-Ed)

The outdoors temperature moderated somewhat the other day, so I decided to drive the ol’ Camry to the automated car-wash. I paid the fee then queued behind a few other vehicles. Finally, it was my turn. The instructions on a … Continue reading

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Fraudsters

I clicked on the link to a blog in South Africa I’ve been following for about a year. Her page was nearly completely loaded when, suddenly, the browser went blank and my AVG anti-virus displayed a dialogue box showing a … Continue reading

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Reflecting Upon Tolerance

Sometimes, Marge expresses some very disagreeable opinions. Some of those opinions are blatantly xenophobic. I wonder if she sometimes voices them to get a rise out of me. I’m baffled by her words because she is married to a moderate … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”–George Santayana. The philosopher could well have added that there are those who use history as their play-book. Through officialdom’s winks and nods, the extreme acts of vandalism and arson … Continue reading

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No Bullying

The ages-old problem of bullying has been getting a lot of necessary press coverage in recent years. Authorities are finally admitting that the bullies and the bullied suffer severe psychological distress for various reasons surrounding this social ill. Today is … Continue reading

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The Freedom To Speak

There’s a not so subtle difference in meaning when the function word “to” is substituted for “of” and the intransitive verb “speak” is substituted in place of the noun “speech”. We Americans know that freedom of speech, of the press, … Continue reading

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