On February 23, 2020, a man named Ahmaud Arbery went for a jog near his home in Brunswick, Georgia. He never returned. Three white men named Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan Jr. chased him in trucks, surrounded him and then shot him to death. They are now on trial and are claiming self-defense…just… Continue reading And…in Georgia…racists on trial
As I write, we await the jury’s verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, the kid who shot two people to death during anti-brutality demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. I’m not guessing what it will be. (Note: on Nov. 19, 2021 the Rittenhouse jury acquitted him of all charges.) But the outcome isn’t what’s… Continue reading Kyle Rittenhouse, a Warning
The detective shows and movies offer a frequent refrain: follow the money. In fact, the phrase is ubiquitous, appearing in novels and articles and even in the book about Watergate, “All the President’s Men” . There’s two ways to interpret that suggestion, both good and useful, and they’re both relevant to the recent passage of… Continue reading Follow the Money: The Infra-structure Bill
As those close to me will attest, I’m a super-fan of professional football. It’s a sport I actually know about, can analyze, study and watch obsessively. Life outside the NFL’s season (about five months or so each yearly) just isn’t the same for me. And I truly truly love the Jon Gruden whom I got… Continue reading Ughh! Jon Gruden!
One hesitates to write anything about former Secretary of State (and Chiefs of Staff head) Colin Powell upon his death this week. One runs the risk of adding to the unbearable clutter. Everyone seems to be writing about him and, predictably, it’s a mixed bag. The mainstream press in the U.S. is pretty uniform in… Continue reading Colin Powell the Classy War Criminal
So much smoke and so many mirrors! The mainstream media and dumb politicians bark incessantly about “critical race theory” and never take a moment, not even a small moment, to define what it actually is. I mean, if they’re looking to help the citizenry, wouldn’t that help? Well, maybe they don’t even know. Do you?… Continue reading CRT? What is it?
Finally we get some testimony that cuts through the mis-directing conversation about censuring Facebook to get to the real and very serious problem the social media platform presents. A former Facebook staff person named Frances Haugen went before Congress last week to explain what Facebook does that is most harmful to us. For years now,… Continue reading Blowing Facebook’s Whistle
Perhaps because it spends so much time wringing its hands over the “threat from Russia” (a second-tier power with a small, struggling economy and almost no international pretension) our beloved media presents a portrait of China that is superficial and distorted and increasingly dangerous. It’s dangerous because it casts China as an existential military threat… Continue reading The China Syndrome
Those of us who read the news in this country are fixated, to some extent or another, on the death by homicide of Gabriel Petito and the search (as of this writing) for her “fiance” Brian Laundrie who, we are being led to believe, knows “something” about her death and after refusing to talk about… Continue reading Missing white women and Sam Little’s legacy
I did this strange thing last week. I sat down and watched MSNBC’s pundits hour starting with Nicole Wallace at 4:00 p.m. and as far as Rachel Maddow at nine. Nothing precedent-setting there. I watch that network every day but usually not for that long and never for the reason I was watching last week.… Continue reading Race: the struggle against a fiction