Talking iPINIONS
Episode 32: LeBron Is Good, but He’ll Never Be Great. Dr. J Says So

Episode 32: LeBron Is Good, but He’ll Never Be Great. Dr. J Says So

May 8, 2021

Every basketball fan worth their salt has debated picks for all-time NBA greats. And no doubt 99.9 percent of them have included LeBron James on their team. That’s why Dr. J was branded everything from hater to heretic for daring to exclude LeBron from his.

As it happens, though, I agree with Dr. J. But, as Paul Harvey might say, listen now for the rest of the story.

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Episode 31: Earth Day 2021

Episode 31: Earth Day 2021

May 1, 2021

The inconvenient truth is that, despite increasing alarms, Earth is not hanging in the balance. This was thrown into reassuring relief just last year. That’s when only a few months of Covid lockdown resulted in clean air and water not seen in years.

This is why I’ve always championed environmental efforts that focus more on respecting, protecting, and conserving Mother Nature than on new technologies to combat climate change. Not to mention the manifest truth that the best way to reduce pollution is to reduce poverty.

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Episode 30: UPDATE: Jury Finds Cop Who Killed George Floyd Guilty

Episode 30: UPDATE: Jury Finds Cop Who Killed George Floyd Guilty

April 23, 2021

When the judge read the verdict, it seemed all of America exhaled a collective breath of relief. But, within hours, reports of another white cop killing yet another Black man made that relief all too brief.

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Episode 29: American Menace: White Cops Killing Black Men

Episode 29: American Menace: White Cops Killing Black Men

April 17, 2021

The infamous killing of George Floyd shocked the world. But it just reflected the reality of the relationship between white cops and Black men in America.

Most Americans see that reality, vent outrage, and demand better training for white cops to save Black lives. I see that reality, vent outrage, and implore Black men to do what is necessary to save their own lives.

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Episode 28: NCAA Basketball Displayed More Sexism Than Talent (#BoycottBeijingOlympics?)

Episode 28: NCAA Basketball Displayed More Sexism Than Talent (#BoycottBeijingOlympics?)

April 10, 2021

The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments played out over the past few weeks. But chances are the only “March Madness” you watched of the women’s stemmed from a viral video showing how the NCAA was treating them like second-class athletes.

Most notably, it showed the food and training facility the NCAA provided for the women, which looked like they were hastily arranged for migrants at a border camp. This, especially when it then showed the food and training facility the NCAA provided for the men, which looked like a buffet on a five-star cruise liner and a LA fitness room, respectively.

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Episode 27: If Easter Rituals Bore You to Distraction, You’re Not Alone

Episode 27: If Easter Rituals Bore You to Distraction, You’re Not Alone

April 2, 2021

Pope Francis is holding ceremonies to mark Holy Week in a practically empty St. Peter’s Square for the second consecutive year. You might think this merely reflects travel and other Covid-19 restrictions. But it’s also a metaphor for growing disillusionment with organized religion worldwide.

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Episode 26: Armageddon Bargain Between (White) Evangelicals and Jews

Episode 26: Armageddon Bargain Between (White) Evangelicals and Jews

March 27, 2021

Would you embrace someone who vows as an article of faith that you must convert to his religion or perish in Hell? Why do you suppose so many Jews do?

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Episode 25: Dissing the Grammys (and Other Award Shows)

Episode 25: Dissing the Grammys (and Other Award Shows)

March 20, 2021

Chris Rock once famously joked that only gays and women watch the Oscars. That was politically incorrect to be sure, but he had a point – not just about the Oscars but all entertainment award shows. Because, unless you’re interested in their red-carpet fashion shows, none of them give you much reason to watch.

Oh, did I mention credible claims that they’re all rigged…?

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Episode 24: Democracy Matron Aung San Suu Kyi Went to Bed with Military Dogs…

Episode 24: Democracy Matron Aung San Suu Kyi Went to Bed with Military Dogs…

March 13, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi was once as revered as saintly leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Therefore, it is a stunning measure of her fall from grace that she is now as reviled as tin-pot dictators like Pol Pot and Idi Amin.

Listeners have accused me of giving away too much in these show notes. So I’ll end by noting that this episode shows how I was damning Suu Kyi when no less a person than former President Barack Obama was still (literally) embracing her.

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Episode 23:  Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Fighter-cum-Urbane Power Broker, Is Dead

Episode 23: Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Fighter-cum-Urbane Power Broker, Is Dead

March 4, 2021

Vernon Jordan was generally recognized as the most influential politician in Washington, DC. This, even though he was never elected to any political office.

For me, though, his rosy reputation had one glaring black spot.  

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