If it’s good enough for Taegan Goddard, it’s good enough for me

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire is one of our best portals to reliable news sources, with postings throughout the day.  One of today's posts reflects my own Trump/news fatigue, and Goddard's short-term solution to it.  In a note to his readers, Goddard wrote, "Folks, I’m exhausted. The crushing amount of political news over the last three years …

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Mourning Paris journalists and attack on press freedom

If I were technologically proficient, I'd edge this blog in black. How profoundly sad is the grievous slaughter of 12 yesterday in Paris, journalists and their police protectors at the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.  What an unspeakable attack on press freedom and the underpinnings of democracy.  What a barbaric assault on humanity! Say what you want …

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Does moral turpitude negate high art or sports accomplishment?

No mistake about it.  Woody Allen's latest movie, Blue Jasmine, was deserving of  an Oscar nomination, especially for Cate Blanchett's performance.  Allen also recently won lifetime achievement recognition in the Golden Globes. This is more troubling. Allen is prolific and creative, but what does lifetime achievement really mean? NY Times' Nick Kristof last weekend published an open letter …

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Will Newtown be any different?

How many times after a tragic shooting have we heard politicians say, in the guise of respect for the victims. "this isn't the time" to talk about gun control.   White House spokesman Jay Carney used the same language on Friday.  “There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I …

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