Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party
Sep12

Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party

History has not been kind to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Except in the eyes of some die-hard conservatives, it’s clear she will go down as the living embodiment of the poor judgment of Arizona Sen. John McCain and his 2008 Presidential campaign advisors. She’s not considered a serious politico, but a specialist in pithy zingers, tweets, Facebook posts and getting big bucks money for being a political personality. And...

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ISIS and the Nazis
Sep12

ISIS and the Nazis

Whither the Islamic State? That’s a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine. President Barack Obama’s speech on his plan to try to eliminate the ISIS threat could not have come soon enough...

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Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio
Sep04

Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio

You’d think by now with its addictive impact on America, there’d be a good novel about ideological talk radio, a mega-bucks business that has enriched corporations, turned once-serious and spirited political debate into the equivalent of verbal political professional wrestling, and redefined the once-cherished concepts of consensus and compromise into dirty words among many. Some hosts have clearly undergone ideological...

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Life, Liberty and the Right of a Child to Fire an Uzi
Sep04

Life, Liberty and the Right of a Child to Fire an Uzi

The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use…an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke. But it wasn’t a joke. It was a tragedy — and a sign of the times. “All right,...

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Animated cartoon classic that couldn’t be made today: Be Human with Betty Boop
Sep01

Animated cartoon classic that couldn’t be made today: Be Human with Betty Boop

It’s now a cliche to say “this movie couldn’t be made today,” or “this cartoon couldn’t be made today,” but usually it entails something such as a racial stereotype. But the 1936 Betty Boop theatrical cartoon short “Be Human” would be an unlikely candidate to be produced as a theatrical short today. To be sure, its message of animal cruelty would be welcomed. But the brutality...

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HAPPY LABOR DAY
Sep01

HAPPY LABOR DAY

Happy Labor Day to you and yours. graphic via...

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Report: Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead
Aug31

Report: Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead

As the son of a World War II Greatest Generation veteran who believed showing a teenager how to shoot a gun was a way to instruct him or her on concentration and target practice and not a game or flippant political statement, I’m still sorting out my complex feelings on the case of the 9 year old girl who mistakenly killed her gun instructor who was teaching her how to use an Uzi. The last part seven words of the sentence still...

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Obama’s Big Gaffe on ISIS: Says “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
Aug29

Obama’s Big Gaffe on ISIS: Says “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The White House has been in damage control mode. Once again a politician has made a foot-in-mouth gaffe that can hurt and/or define him. And this time it was President Barack Obama — bigtime. At a time when a new poll by the respected company Pew Research finds Americans now feel the U.S. doesn’t do enough to solve world problems and that 54% feel Obama is not tough enough, Obama, in trying to explain that he’s...

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Follow TMV on Facebook
Aug26

Follow TMV on Facebook

The question has come up twice via emails: YES you CAN follow The Moderate Voice on Facebook. Posts on TMV are automatically put on the page. Here’s the address: https://www.facebook.com/TheModerateVoice And, if you like TMV please do spread the...

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Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?
Aug25

Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?

Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started — just like clockwork. Obama’s not really working… He’s ignoring the country’s crises.. He doesn’t really care about Foley… The optics are bad. In reality,...

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It’s now personal between Obama and the ISIS
Aug22

It’s now personal between Obama and the ISIS

No more Mr. (relatively) Nice guy. It’s now personal between President Barack Obama and the ISIS after the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley. That’s the quite-plausible analyst of The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake: When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off. The Obama administration signaled...

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Before Killing James Foley, ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S.
Aug21

Before Killing James Foley, ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S.

Well, well, it now turns out that despite the original statement broadcast to the world before a member of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beheaded American freelance journalist James Foley that the group was sending a message to the United States and President Barack Obama, the group that is bringing back the bad ‘ol days memories of World War II and a certain mustachioed dictator had another reason: the United States had...

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Video: Stunning footage of swimmer escaping huge crocodile
Aug21

Video: Stunning footage of swimmer escaping huge crocodile

A swimmer’s worst nightmare, in the same league with a shark: being in the water near a crocodile. Here’s some stunning footage of a big croc watching and following a tourist in Mexico as he considers having manwhich for lunch. This footage was reportedly shot on a bridge by terrified tourists who were looking on: Background on this...

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The White House Confirms: Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS
Aug20

The White House Confirms: Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS

And now the dreaded confirmation from the White House. Yes, freelance journalist James Foley was indeed beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The video — on line and for a while on You Tube, then taken off — was authentic. The video showing the beheading of an American journalist by the militant group Islamic State is authentic, the Obama administration said Wednesday. National Security Council spokeswoman...

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Evil Strikes Back
Aug19

Evil Strikes Back

Just as World War I didn’t prove to be “the war to end all wars,” the 20th century didn’t turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest. The evil is back. Big-time. This time it’s in the form of the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is battling to take over...

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Suspect Steals San Diego Police car and is (surprise!) nabbed
Aug18

Suspect Steals San Diego Police car and is (surprise!) nabbed

There aren’t a lot of rocket scientists in the world. And then there are those who seemingly don’t even seem to fill the ranks of those who don’t qualify to be rocket scientists. Yes, it actually did happen: someone did finally steal a police car and lead police on a chase…after their police car. And yes, police did catch the police car. The Los Angeles Times’ Tony Perry offers us the story (no, this not...

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What makes Perry guilty?
Aug18

What makes Perry guilty?

What makes Perry guilty? Or, at the very least, how can a grand jury indict the governor for a veto? What, for crying out loud, justifies this godless anti-Perry business when he was just doin’ his job? Take a look at this, straight from Texas: No one disputes that Perry, a Republican, had the authority to use his line-item veto power, guaranteed by the Texas Constitution, to eliminate the $7.5 million in two-year state funding...

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NBC News likely home run? Chuck Todd likely the new host of “Meet the Press”
Aug11

NBC News likely home run? Chuck Todd likely the new host of “Meet the Press”

Is NBC’s — and many longtime “Meet the Press” fans’ — nightmare finally over? NBC may be poised to score a home run in naming Chuck Todd to be the new host of “Meet the Press” in the wake of viewers reacting to David Gregory as host as viewers reacted to the old series “Bewitched” when it brought in a “new Darrin”: the program continued but seemed on the decline....

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Will 2014 be the Seinfeld election?
Aug10

Will 2014 be the Seinfeld election?

Will 2014 in effect be the Seinfeld election? The Washington Post reports that unlike in previous mid-terms elections, this election is turning out to be an election about nothing, and also an election about everything. Yes believe it, and don’t believe it: Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo...

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Do the Democrats Fear Rand Paul Will be the 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee?
Aug07

Do the Democrats Fear Rand Paul Will be the 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee?

Do the Democrats fear Rand Paul could be the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee because he could be a far different kind of Republican that could redefine the national Republican brand and make inroads into their constituencies? The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi, in a well-sourced report, suggests the Dems are starting to aim their political fire at Rand Paul because, yes, they fear him. Democrats fundraise and campaign by...

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