Category Archives: Current Events

What I Think Maryland Thinks

The Baltimore Sun has a daily feature called What Maryland Thinks. The editorial staff poses a question and readers of the online version of the newspaper can vote. For some time, I’ve been considering using this feature as a way … Continue reading

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Election Day — Get Out and Do Your Small Part

A long time ago, I worked in a small independent grocery store. The local Coke and Pepsi jobbers would come to the store weekly and restock and arrange the displays in the soda aisle. Purportedly, this was a service those … Continue reading

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Baltimore Orioles in the American League Playoffs

I’m not a big baseball fan. However, since the Orioles are in the playoffs and the games are underway, I’m enjoying the orange and black clothes people around Baltimore are sporting every chance they get. The level of fun, in … Continue reading

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When We Keep Doing Things That Don’t Work . . .

Yesterday, the United States began bombing targets in Syria initiating its campaign to “degrade” and “destroy” ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). In addition to bombing, the US strategy for combatting ISIS is to locate, train and arm … Continue reading

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Debt Ceiling Crisis Averted: Tune Back In February

Last night, at the brink of economic catastrophe, the Congress passed measures to raise the “debt ceiling” and reopen the federal government.  The prevailing wisdom was that, eventually, the Republicans would be rational and do what was necessary.  I have … Continue reading

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How Brave Are the Democrats?

I read something a little while ago that suggested that, among Democratic leaders, there’s the notion that the Senate will reject any spending bill or continuing resolution that doesn’t also raise the debt ceiling.  I’m glad they’re thinking that way. … Continue reading

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AIG CEO: Anger Over Bonuses ‘Just As Bad’ As Lynchings In Deep South | FDL News Desk

AIG CEO Robert Benmosche says opposition to the insurer’s bonuses in the wake of the financial crisis five years ago was like lynchings during the battle over civil rights.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, Benmosche dismissed … Continue reading

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Breaking News, Or Not: Tom DeLay’s Conviction Overturned | Crooks and Liars

The two Republican judges on the Appeals Court voted to overturn Delay’s conviction; the Democrat dissented: “We are concerned and disappointed that two judges substituted their assessment of the facts for that of 12 jurors who personally heard the testimony … Continue reading

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There’s Only One Kind of Fight

Back in the 70s, there was a not very good movie called Buster and Billie.  It was a melodramatic bit of high school fluff about a romance between the most popular boy in school and a teen slut.  Jan Michael … Continue reading

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