Talking iPINIONS
Episode 37: Pentagon Papers at 50 re Afghanistan (Trump, Orwell, Carlson, and Race?)

Episode 37: Pentagon Papers at 50 re Afghanistan (Trump, Orwell, Carlson, and Race?)

June 19, 2021

Revelations in the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War gave Americans just cause to distrust their government like never before. But then came, among other things, Watergate, Iran Contra, WMDs, and, coming full circle, the “Afghanistan Papers.”

Nevertheless, no amount of cynicism could have prepared any American for the distrust former President Trump caused every time he opened his mouth. But then came, among other things, revelations in Bob Woodward’s book about Covid-19. Because they gave Americans just cause to believe the man was a genocidal megalomaniac and government officials little more than his kakistocratic flunkies.

Yet, remarkably, instead of being treated like a pariah from sea to shining sea, millions of Americans treat him variously like a cult leader and a de-facto president of the United States.

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Episode 36: Online Comments and the Fate of Democracy

Episode 36: Online Comments and the Fate of Democracy

June 12, 2021

Nothing reflects the fracturing of democracy and erosion of civil society quite like political debate on Cable TV; nothing that is, except the comments section on most news and social-media sites.

It is truly a remarkable thing to witness people – who speak the same language – become utterly incomprehensible to each other. And the funny, sad, and ominous thing is that the key to understanding in each case is being in a Republican or Democratic echo chamber – that now defines and reinforces partisan views on everything from abortion to sports.

I’d say Americans would be well-advised to learn from the Babylonians – who got too big for their britches with their Tower of Babel, or from the Romans – who bit off more than they could chew with their hegemonic empire. But the forces conspiring to test the fate of democracy are so unique that nothing compares. So, with a Civil War II looming, I can only say God help America.

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Episode 35: Mickelson Is Golf’s Oldest Champion, But He’s No Tiger

Episode 35: Mickelson Is Golf’s Oldest Champion, But He’s No Tiger

June 5, 2021

It seemed the whole wide world of sports was cheering for Phil Mickelson to win the recent PGA Championship. But I don’t mind admitting that I was also thinking about Tiger Woods. Remember him…?

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Episode 34: Apple Is the Apple of China’s Eye on Its Citizens

Episode 34: Apple Is the Apple of China’s Eye on Its Citizens

May 29, 2021

It’s a curious thing to see corporations like Apple defiantly champion civil liberties in America only to obediently help government authorities squash them in China. But that is precisely what they’ve been doing for decades without any hint of compunction or hypocrisy.

Yet what is truly remarkable is that those corporations can credibly assert that they are only following down the primrose path the US government set in its dealings with China. In other words, it’s not just US corporations but the government itself that is continually bending over backwards to do business with China on its terms.

Is it any wonder, then, that China is telegraphing its intent to wield the kind of power and influence throughout the twenty-first century that America wielded throughout the twentieth - only with a decidedly autocratic style?

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Episode 33: Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’ Is Failing Him

Episode 33: Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’ Is Failing Him

May 15, 2021

Truth be told, Joe Biden couldn’t do worse on the foreign policy front than Donald Trump if he tried. As it happened, though, he practically cured all the damage  Trump’s policies caused by signing a series of Executive Orders during his first days in office.

For a foreign policy team hailed as the best in decades, however, there have been some surprising errors – of commission and omission.

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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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