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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crime, if you can call it that, wasn’t his womanizing, infidelity and hiding the love child he had. It was cheating the voters of California in what arguably could be considered an election fraud. Yet a mortal transgressor probably would have been destroyed by the media before it was too late. Arnie's election to the state's top job was largely due to the power of celebrity and the fantasy he built for himself as a super hero.
And even more cynical and deceitful, he used the unsuspecting wife he already secretly betrayed to publicly vouch for his good character... (more)
The protests and upheavals throughout the Middle East are more symptomatic of people wanting a better deal, not necessarily better government, based on democracy and the rule of law.
Remember the Arabs are a timeless people to whom autocratic and theocratic rule has been a way of life for centuries. The idea of self-rule is an alien concept. The only reason it has worked so far in Iraq is because the US organized and implemented a democratic process there. The test will come after we leave.
The developed world should not place too much hope that the results of all these protests... (more)
America has become a spectator nation, locked in a memory of its lost rugged individuality. A third of the American population is reported to have watched the Superbowl on TV earlier this month. The annual sporting spectacular featuring teams of gargantuan athletes is so popular even the costly advertisements rate their own hype and special showings … “The best Superbowl ads.”
The big game has really become part of the annual winter movie award season, designed mainly to enrich the coffers of multi media conglomerates by immersing the TV watching public in fantasy. And it couldn’t have... (more)
Gun ownership for many Americans has become sort of an obsessive-compulsive disorder, almost a reason to be alive even though firearms annually account for more than 30,000 US deaths.The offensive defensive posture of the gun lobby and right wing politicians in the wake of the Tucson bloodbath points out how sensitive and militant these hardy frontier people are in their pick-ups and RVs. Just give one a gun rack and a “proud to be an American” sticker for the rear bumper of his Japanese car and its almost like being in heaven.Now, I have nothing against people owning guns for sport or self-defense.... (more)
In the early Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver, a mentally unstable Robert De Niro, armed to the teeth, stalks out a candidate’s political rally but is chased off by alert security people.The massacre in Tucson, Arizona seems almost a tragic reenactment of that scene in real life. Six people were killed and 12 others wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when a gunman opened fire in front of a Safeway supermarket. The congresswoman had been hosting a meeting with constituents Saturday morning when the attack began. The alleged assailant, a 22-year-old local youth is in custody.This... (more)
In the early Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver, a mentally unstable Robert De Niro, armed to the teeth, stalks out a candidate’s political rally but is chased off by alert security people.
The massacre in Tuscon, Arizona seems to be almost a tragic reenactment of that scene in real life. Six people were killed and 12 others wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when a gunman opened fire in front of a Safeway supermarket. The congresswoman had been hosting a meeting with constituents Saturday morning when the attack began.
This sort of symbolizes what has been happening... (more)
One of the basic conditions of all American sponsored Arab-Israeli peace negotiations has been an Arab acceptance of Israel’s “right to exist.” This is almost an oxymoron since Israel fulfils the prime criteria for existence just by being there. “I think, therefore I am.” But this criteria for nationhood, a right to exist, if carried further than Israel sets up some even more glaring examples and the realities they present in the world power game of pick and choose. Israel bases its legal right to exist on world history and the history of the Jewish people. One could rightly say it weren’t... (more)
by Dan EhrlichLong live the Beaver, for his mother has died and with her a little more of possibly the greatest, shortest and most naïve period in US history, the 1950s. Actress Barbara Billingsley, who made her name as June Cleaver in the 50s family comedy Leave It To Beaver has passed away at 94. She epitomized the traditional homemaker of the era, something that has become almost an oxymoron in age of the dysfunction and non-functional families, where stay-at-home dads may soon outnumber stay-at-home moms.Even decades after the show ended Billingsley expressed surprise at the lasting affection... (more)
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The NATO war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, one which former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev terms “unwinnable,” is sapping America in both spirit and finance. Many of our troops and much of our population have no clear idea of why we are there and what we hope to achieve.Now, a new study claims the cost of the conflict will be 25 percent higher than previously stated. And with no end in sight, the costs will keep rising for our nation already trillions of dollars in debt from the Bush and now Obama years.To date 2,174 NATO troops have died there or later from wounds received in the conflict.... (more)
Machete, the latest highly entertaining macho bloodbath from film director Robert Rodriguez, left me with a very real foreboding of a future America with open drug gang violence, immigrant smuggling and vigilante brutality inundating the U.S.- Mexican border areas.Then, after seeing the film I read a news story where the Homeland Security Agency has warned Arizona cops to be on guard against Mexican drug cartel hit squads searching our side of the border for renegade drug dealers who have stolen the cartel’s products.And they’re serious. The federal government recently posted signs along Interstate... (more)