October 1, 2022
Remember how the Taliban ran US forces out of their country last year? Well, imagine the ridicule if Biden had held a treaty-signing ceremony at the White House in Washington to annex regions of Afghanistan as the world was watching that humiliation unfold. Because that’s the ridiculous nature of what Putin did in Moscow on Friday with his ceremonial annexation of regions of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, as impossible as it might seem, Putin found a way to turn American fugitive Edward Snowden into an even bigger useful idiot.
Length: 19 min
September 17, 2022
My affection for the queen was always tempered by my contempt for the Monarchy. As the “reprobate” son of a preacher man, however, I am all too mindful that this smacks of the Evangelical canard: hate the sin, not the sinner.
But I think you’ll find the explanation I offer for my inconsistency makes far more sense than the one Christians offer for theirs ever could.
Length: 18 min 20 sec
September 10, 2022
Everyone expected the competition between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to become the next British prime minister to be pioneering. But it turned out to be pioneering in ways no one expected.
Meanwhile, nothing has betrayed the British hallowed sense of tradition quite like the ruling Conservative Party forcing Britons to abide four different prime ministers over the past six years. So perhaps it’s perversely fitting that the latest one began her premiership this week by marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who embodied that tradition…
Length: 16 min
August 20, 2022
My blog is replete with commentaries attesting to my belief that women make better leaders than men. They range from “Cracking the Political Glass Ceiling: First Woman to Become President in South America,” December 12, 2005, to “International Women’s Day: ‘Men Should Be Barred from Politics’, March 8, 2019.
But nothing vindicates my contention quite like the way America’s most powerful man, President Joe Biden, and woman, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reacted to Chinese President Xi Jinping threatening war if Pelosi visited Taiwan. Because, while Biden cowered, Pelosi showed real profile in courage.
Length: 15 min 03 sec
July 30, 2022
It is self-evident that nuns physically abusing school kids the way priests sexually abuse altar boys means none of them can believe God exists. Because they know no God would allow them to abuse innocent children in his name the way it seems they’ve always done.
Even so, I commend Pope Francis for the humility inherent in making pilgrimages of penances to beg forgiveness for the systemic sins Catholics have committed. This, especially wearing the institutional shame of the whole world knowing that something is very rotten in the Catholic Church. And, as the proverbial fisher of men, this pope knows better than anyone that this rot is from the head down
Length: 15 min 20 sec
July 16, 2022
Much is being made about how the Republican Party has become little more than a political cult dedicated to Donald J. Trump. But the Supreme Court is rivaling that party in this respect. And fears abound that it will take another civil war to save America from their dystopian devices.
Length: 22 min 19 sec
July 10, 2022
We are independent. But it seems we just don’t know how to quit the British. And I find that very vexing … indeed.
Length: 8 min 22 sec