On the Dangers of the Two-Party System

The Democrats and Republicans have had their national conventions, and voters will be selecting between two of the most unfavorably-viewed candidates in modern American political history, the Democrat Hillary R. Clinton and the Republican Donald J. Trump. Not only are their net favorability ratings of worse than -20 practically unheard of among major party candidates, […]

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Making America Scared Again

After ruminating over the national conventions these past two weeks, I want to comment on the Republicans first. I am disturbed by their peddling of a fantasy that we are living in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The opening day of their convention was themed “Make America Safe Again”, despite the fact that violent crime has been declining […]

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Book cover for the Left Behind Series

American Bestsellers, Jesus, and the Slaughter of All Non-Believers

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, The Left Behind series, Tyndale House Publishers, 1995-2004 There is a trend afoot to lash out violently at the apparent dominance of “cosmopolitan” culture. This was vividly seen in the violent attack in Paris, traditionally a citadel of cosmopolitanism, on the freewheeling, anti-clerical publication Charlie Hebdo. But of course […]

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We’re No. 46!

Arizona’s sustained status as a bottom feeder now includes ranking #46, fifth from the worst, in the Best State for Working Moms category. We seem to hang out with Alabama (#48) a lot these days. Vermont is number one and Nevada is dead last. Arizona’s total score was 37.50, about half of Vermont’s 63.90. In […]

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La Noche del Concierto sin Fronteras

The Concert without Borders Saturday, April 16, is troubled by chilly winds that flap the huge banners hung behind two stages separated by the U.S. border fence and eventually help drop the temperature down to the 40’s. The sound system is desperately in need of sound check in both English and Spanish. Tremendous enthusiasm for […]

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Nine Lives

My interspecies family and I are coexisting peacefully in a 1350 square foot residence. There are eight feline housemates in various “shades of gray” roaming in the main living space; nine semi­-feral felines hanging out in a separate 10′ x 20′ enclosed porch with an added den area; one red Pekingese pooch snooping sneakily into […]

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