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July 20, 2017
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Snipe Hunt in the Swamp

One of the rituals of summer camp back in the day was the snipe hunt. We were sent into the scary dark woods with nothing but a paper bag and a flash light, and instructed to hold the bag open while chirping “here, snipe” until one of the critters made […]
December 22, 2016
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Open Letter to Steven Bittel & Alan Clendenin*

One of you is likely to be captain of the ship for Florida’s Democrats come January 14th, when 1000+ party poobahs gather in Orlando to decide our future, so it seems appropriate to offer some objective advice from an independent source with significant experience but no vested interest in the […]
September 24, 2016
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The Art of Propaganda

  “The people will believe a big lie, but not a small lie.” “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” The first quote is from Adolph Hitler. The second is from Joseph Goebbels. More than one study of Hitler’s […]
September 13, 2016
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How low can he go?

If the presidential election were decided by a limbo contest, Donald Trump would win easily – because there is no bar too low for him to slither under. He’s denigrated women, Hispanics, the disabled and Muslims. He’s insulted black people and Gold Star families, and called his effort to avoid […]
June 11, 2016

The Epiphany of Humility

There are exceptions to every rule, but virtually every candidate who ever runs for office at any level, arrives at a moment in the campaign when she/he realizes that the campaign is not about her/him, but about the people who support it, and those who need what it promises to […]
May 28, 2016

Shared Pain: Dems & The GOP

As different as they are in terms of philosophy, platform and principles, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party share several things in common right now. Both of them have been repudiated by a growing plurality of all voters, and a majority of Millennials. Both of them are considered to […]
May 6, 2016

Paul Ryan & The Donald: Coming to Terms?

So much is happening so fast in this extraordinary political year that millions of Americans are having trouble keeping up. That apparently includes some news media people, who clearly do not understand what is really going on at this point with GOP leaders like Paul Ryan, who have not (so […]