October 2017

Fake News!

Seventy-nine years ago, on Halloween eve, director Orson Wells pulled off one of the great media hoaxes of all time with a radio broadcast that scared the beejesus out of millions of listeners who believed that Martians had invaded New Jersey. (New Jersey?)

A front-page … Read More

On Tuesday, (Oct. 24), two House committees – oversight and intelligence –announced plans to “launch a joint investigation” into the Uranium One deal during the Obama administration.

The genesis of this story goes back to the 2016 presidential campaign when then-candidate Trump stated a number … Read More

“Mr. President, I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide, and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear. It is a condition that … Read More

The Take has been MIA for a while. So, let’s get to it.

Spin Out – Yesterday, the junior senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, announced he would not be running for re-election. In a surprise announcement from the floor of the Senate, most of Flake’s … Read More

One day – (hopefully), many, many millennia in the future – some grad student will be green-lighted for a doctoral dissertation on President Trump’s tweets to examine, and perhaps shed light on the current “dark age” of American politics, starting here:

“Sorry losers and haters, Read More

What Greater Cause?

In his latest book, The American Spirit, historian David McCullough had the rare privilege of addressing a joint session of Congress in 1989.

McCullough has observed much in his 84 years, and written much more about the past in books, and the present in … Read More

A Better America

Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz is my kind of leader. He’s responsible to the bottom line, sure, but he’s also cognizant of the many issues facing the country.

In 2013, at the company’s annual meeting, a shareholder stood up to criticize Starbucks support of marriage equality, … Read More

“The film starts with Doug seeking out his next prey. He becomes obsessed with a woman named Amy… he’s able to learn details of her life… He meets her at a coffee shop… strikes up conversations with her. The two become friends, but it seems … Read More

What Would You Do? – Conclusion

2007, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA = 32 dead; 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newton, CT = 27 dead; 2016, Orlando, FL = 49 dead; Las Vegas, NV = 58 dead, more than 500 injured.

According to The Wall Street Journal (Oct., 2015), The United States … Read More

What Would You Do?

Last week, I wrote about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, (Why? When? What?). After the deaths of 58 individuals at an outdoor concert, my commentary was another plea for commonsense gun legislation.

In a separate e-mail, a regular reader to this site … Read More