Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound
Jan17

Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound

Seattle is going a little bit crazy in preparation for Sunday’s playoff game, where the Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers, as these photos make crystal clear! From enterprising business employees (with creative tweaks to point-of-sale displays) to unusual flag locations … from individuals to groups … from landmarks to fantasy … these photos illustrate the depth of Seattle’s #12Man. Enjoy! [View the...

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What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?
Jan17

What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?

There were some awfully big news stories in 2014: Cuba, Ebola, Ferguson, ISIS, Malaysian Airlines, mid-term U.S. elections, Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, Sony/Korea, and the Winter Olympics. We landed a robot on a comet. High profile celebrities died (Philip Hoffman, Joan Rivers, Robin Williams). So what can we learn from this New York Times list of most visited digital content? Where the top five stories have nothing to do with world events...

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The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President
Jan17

The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), like many Americans, was upset that President Obama did not go to Paris to personally show his solidarity with France, and publicly mourn the 12 journalists and the four French citizens killed in terrorist attacks. Like many Americans, both liberal and conservative, Rep. Weber made his views publicly known. However, he crossed the line of decency when he tweeted, “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more...

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Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jan17

Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Are the French and the West reflexively lumping simple critics of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions and Western policy together with the terrorists who struck Paris? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, columnist M. Saadoune comments on the way people loyal to France, Algerians and others, who oppose both cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammed and the horrifying acts of violence perpetrated in his name – are...

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Psst…Want to Watch a Video?
Jan14

Psst…Want to Watch a Video?

This will probably be one of the shortest pieces ever posted by yours truly. (I can already visualize the sighs of relief) But, hopefully, it will also be one of the most powerful and enlightening ones. No, not because it is written by me. In fact, it is not even an article and, except for this short intro, I had nothing to do with it. And, no, it has nothing to do with free speech, or with “Je Suis Charlie,” or with any of the...

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Michael Smerconish: Big love, big problems (Guest Voice)
Jan14
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Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)
Jan12

Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)

Dominique de Villepin, a foreign minister of France best known in the United States for his U.N. Security Council opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion, has written this impassioned plea to the French people not to embrace a mindset of war in the struggle against Islamist terrorism, and not to renounce the country’s democratic values amid concerns for security. In the pages of Le Monde, he calls into question a slew of recent...

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Can We Have a Rational Conversation About Socialism?
Jan12

Can We Have a Rational Conversation About Socialism?

Over the last couple weeks I published two articles on my personal blog that took some of my regular readers by surprise. One of them was about my intentions to vote for Bernie Sanders when (if?) he runs for president in 2016. The other was about the long personal journey I’ve taken to outgrow the lessons of Atlas Shrugged as well as my previously unflinching conservatism. The first article was straightforward enough. Bernie...

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You’re Either With Free Speech, or Against It?
Jan11

You’re Either With Free Speech, or Against It?

Four years ago I riled against a group that routinely exercised — grossly abused, I felt — their, our, sacred First Amendment rights. They regularly appeared at funerals of our troops and vilely — through their shameful signs and tactics — desecrated the funerals and the memories of our fallen heroes. They also staged protests at Jewish temples, at the World War II memorial and at Washington-area schools,...

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Nous Sommes Charlie: Offence is Never Given – Only Taken
Jan07

Nous Sommes Charlie: Offence is Never Given – Only Taken

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are like all other rights: to keep them you have to exercise them – and sometimes that takes courage and involves risk. We should be profoundly grateful to those who help keep that right for us by exercising it. And today, our thoughts are with our French friends – and especially with the families and friends of those who have been directly attacked for using that most important...

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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Risky Behavior- Who Should Pay the Tab?
Jan06

Risky Behavior- Who Should Pay the Tab?

One of the aggravating aspects of our society is the lack of responsibility in many of our fellow citizens that comes back to bite those of us standing on the sidelines. The subject arose because of the recent story of the two year old child who found a loaded gun in his mother’s pocketbook. Playing with it, he unknowingly shot her and unfortunately killed her. Do I feel sorry for the woman who was shot by her two year old? Not...

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A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics
Jan05

A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics

Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. ~ FRANK ZAPPA The United States enters the new year a deeply dysfunctional society with a severely fractured political establishment and a dearth of ideas about how to confront either. Police routinely abuse black men and...

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Setting America’s Priorities for 2015
Jan03

Setting America’s Priorities for 2015

Marci Rosenberg, a senior speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan, earns about $73,000 a year. Desmond Patton, who studies the problems of gang violence, is a professor at the University of Michigan. He earns about $80,000 a year. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, who works with cerebral palsy children, is a professor at the University of Michigan. She earns about $136,000 a year. Ursula Jakob, a molecular biologist who is...

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Questioning our questions
Jan02

Questioning our questions

WASHINGTON — It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar, Jaroslav Pelikan. In his book “Jesus Through the Centuries,” Pelikan tells the story of a rabbi who is challenged by one of his pupils: “Why is it that you rabbis so often put your teaching in the form of a question?” To which the rabbi replies: “So...

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Scalise: Help on the Way to Gauge One’s Audience
Dec31

Scalise: Help on the Way to Gauge One’s Audience

As House Republicans are “poised for a celebratory takeover of Congress next week,” others are trying very hard to spoil the party. Instead of getting ready for the festivities, Republicans find themselves trying to fight some very unfair accusations centered on allegations that Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana — now the third-ranking House Republican — knew that he was speaking to a white supremacist group a...

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A VERY Special day for Killy Budgen (Guest Voice)
Dec23

A VERY Special day for Killy Budgen (Guest Voice)

One day at work I happened to be on a Charger fan page on Facebook. Shhhh. I came across a post from a mother that happened to have a 3-year-old son, also a Charger fan, that had terminal brain cancer. His name is Killy. I’ve seen so many of these posts on social media. For one reason or another, it really got to me. It was touching to see him in his favorite player’s jersey, Ryan Mathews. I kept looking at it and thinking that there...

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FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack
Dec19

FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

The US Government has officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack. Hardly a surprise but it is now formally announced. President Obama has said we will “respond” to the incident though it is unclear what that response will be. The incident led to the virtual cancellation of the Sony film “The Interview” and is seen by some as the first major strike in the cyber wars of the future. It is something that an...

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Meme-busting: Michelle Bachman quote seems made up
Dec17

Meme-busting: Michelle Bachman quote seems made up

It came across my Facebook timeline, as most of these things do. I read the report, Sean, and there’s nothing in there at all that says we tortured these terrorists. If anything we fed and cared for them, just as Jesus would have. - Michele Bachmann, Sean Hannity Radio, 12/10/14 The source: Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off. First, Michele Bachmann was not a guest on Sean Hannity Radio on December 10, 2014, according to the...

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Celebrate Our Differences
Dec17

Celebrate Our Differences

This post has very little to do with politics, but then again, if one considers GOP positions on equal rights and on related issues, perhaps quite a bit. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but then again, if one believes in the true Christmas spirit, perhaps everything. It happened ten months ago — an eternity in terms of the public’s memory. Not being a sports fan — except for faithfully following my alma mater’s...

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