Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage
Apr27

Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

I have recently started to use satire to illustrate, accentuate and exaggerate what I feel are outrageous stances on social and political issues. Often I quote my favorite satirist, Andy Borowitz, but sometimes I try my hand at it — admittedly a risky undertaking when there are so many well-known and excellent satirical publications and web sites. Since so many of our Republican politicians, pundits and activists say and do...

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Clinton ‘Scandals’ Weekend Relief
Apr24

Clinton ‘Scandals’ Weekend Relief

The Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, VA. is an annual performance that brings together “military bands, massed pipes and drums, drill teams, Celtic dancers, cultural performers, choirs and more” and is considered by many to be one of the best and most patriotic of the world’s tattoos. This year’s theme is “A Tribute to Military Families.” Military family members are honored at the 2015 Virginia International Tattoo as part of...

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Borowitz Has Good (Satirical) Advice for Republicans
Apr24

Borowitz Has Good (Satirical) Advice for Republicans

Perhaps because the issue is (temporarily) overshadowed by the tragic accidental drone-strike-killing of two hostages being held by Al Qaeda in Pakistan and by Ted Cruz’ introduction of two bills to stop gay marriage, there are “only” a score or so articles listed at memeorandum.com on allegations of inappropriate contributions to the Clinton Foundation and on various other allegations arising from allegations in Clinton Cash by...

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Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies
Apr21

Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies

We were on our way home, driving through the Texas Hill Country and still admiring the patches of bluebonnets with clusters of Indian paintbrushes, Texas buttercups, prairie winecups and other lovely Texas wildflowers popping their heads here and there in the late Texas afternoon sun. It had been a splendid day. The wildflower center we visited had one of the largest and most dazzling assortment of Texas wildflowers we have seen. It...

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UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid
Apr18

UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid

UPDATE: Interesting piece by Maureen Dowd in the Sunday New York Times, highlighting the competing forces and impulses a woman running for the highest office in the land — to date always occupied by a man — feels and has. Dowd: “The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.” Dowd reviews how, in 2008, taking advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn —...

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Weekend Images
Apr17

Weekend Images

The last thing I want to do is usurp Ron Beasley’s traditional posting of beautiful photography, but just wanted to post a “Texas couple” of photographs. One of them, the lead photo, is to brag about my grandson’s photography talents. He took that one at a nearby golf course at sunset. We had gone out to photograph some bluebonnet fields nearby, but it was a little too dark for that, but not for another fabulous Texas...

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‘Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act’
Apr17

‘Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act’

While yesterday, April 16, was the official 2015 Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Week of Remembrance runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday — this year April 12-19. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has designated this year’s theme as “Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act.” While the Holocaust is the most heinous and immense “systematic, bureaucratic,...

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Holocaust Remembrance Day
Apr16

Holocaust Remembrance Day

This year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance comes on the heels of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, (January 27, 2015) and, once again, the world will be listening to the voices of Auschwitz and of so many other death camps. So much has been written about the Holocaust in the past and today — I have done my paltry part — that I could...

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Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited
Apr14

Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited

In a post on Monday, Joe Gandelman asks whether the historical odds are one of the biggest obstacles in Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. He provides some pretty strong evidence: 1. According to polls, a majority of voters believe that Clinton represents a return to the policies of the past. 2. “Since 1992, with just one exception (in 2000), the younger general-election candidate has won the general election contest.”...

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Why Hillary Is Good for Texas and Vice Versa
Apr13

Why Hillary Is Good for Texas and Vice Versa

There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that Hillary Clinton will carry “ruby red Texas” in the 2016 presidential elections — that is, unless hell freezes over, someone may add. Personally, I think that miracles are always possible, but that is not the point of this piece — or is it? One of the perks of volunteering for the Texas Democratic Party back in 1996 was to get to attend one of Hillary Clinton’s fundraising events for...

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Weekend Defense Update –  Images
Apr12

Weekend Defense Update – Images

There is uncertainty as to how successful and convincing Hillary Clinton’s announcement will be and, of course, no one knows who will become our 47th president come January 2017. One thing we can all be absolutely certain of is that our troops will be there, on January 20, 2017, and on every Inauguration Day thereafter, serving our country as they have for more than 200 years. Here are some recent photos of them, their systems, their...

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On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton
Apr12

On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton

Many people are skeptical about the accuracy and reliability of polling data, their value and their merits. Harry S. Truman once said, “How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?” Nevertheless, polls are polls and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll taken in the days after Cruz announced his bid for the presidential nomination has some (relatively) encouraging news for Hillary Clinton on the day she is to announce...

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On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign
Apr11

On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign

As Hillary Rodham Clinton gets ready to make her big announcement Sunday, there has been lots of sniping from the usual sources, but also some advice and encouragement. She already has taken some advice to heart. For example, the campaign is not going to be much about the “I” in Clinton as has been in the past. There will be “Less mention of her own ambitions,” definitely no “I’m in it to win it” slogans and, hopefully, no more...

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Will Hillary Clinton’s ‘Epilogue’ be a Prologue?
Apr10

Will Hillary Clinton’s ‘Epilogue’ be a Prologue?

On Friday, Hillary Clinton published at the Huffington Post a new epilogue to her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices. In her epilogue, titled “A New Chapter” at the Post, Clinton muses at length on the “wonder,” the joys and responsibilities of being a mother and a grandmother and of sharing those with Bill. While I would not go as far as saying that her epilogue offers “her clearest articulation yet of why she wants to be president,” I would...

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Colin’s Hope
Apr10

Colin’s Hope

When I was 6 or 7 years old, I witnessed the ocean drowning of a dear aunt. Although too young for the full scope of the tragedy to sink in, the thoughts and the images of that event have remained with me for almost 70 years. No wonder that, when our young grandson started splashing in our swimming pool a dozen or so years ago, the thought of such an unfathomable occurrence never left our mind. We took every precaution possible, as I...

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Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next
Apr08

Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next

Two years after the Boston Marathon tragedy, a jury in Boston — after deliberating for little more than a day — has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the worst act of terror in the United States since 9-11. NPR: The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all charges, ranging from carjacking to using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Tsarnaev was found guilty in the deaths of Krystle...

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises
Apr08

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises

If one listened solely to Republican neocons and Congressional war hawks, one would think that a vast majority of Americans oppose the nuclear deal with Iran and are anxious to “bomb, bomb” Iran. Not so, says a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. According to the poll, 89 percent of Democrats either support the agreement or are not sure. Fifty percent of Democrats support it while only 10 percent are opposed to it....

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The Day the Lights Went Out in Washington
Apr07

The Day the Lights Went Out in Washington

Electricity provider PEPCO believes they have found the cause of the widespread power outages that hit Washington D.C. and Maryland Tuesday afternoon affecting thousands of customers, including government facilities. The power outages occurred while Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was declaring his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination before an adoring crowd of thousands of real Americans in Louisville Ky. PEPCO blames...

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Hillary Clinton About to Launch a No ‘I’ Campaign
Apr06

Hillary Clinton About to Launch a No ‘I’ Campaign

Several news sources are reporting that Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing to launch her 2016 presidential campaign. While “the specific moment she jumps into the race remains a closely guarded secret,” CNN reports that the announcement is “only days away.” The associated Press believes Clinton will launch he presidential campaign sometime in the next two weeks and both news sources believe that, this time around, Clinton will place...

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‘The Last Supper’ – Once More, With a Smile
Apr03

‘The Last Supper’ – Once More, With a Smile

The Last Supper is one of the most revered and moving events that took place two millennia ago during a week we now call the Holy Week. In his “On the Trail of the Last Supper,” Philip McCouat describes this event perhaps best as follows: According to Christian belief, on the evening before Jesus died, he gathered his Apostles around him for a last supper together. At the meal, which occurred during the traditional time for...

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