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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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Episode 22: Hey, We Wipe Our Baby’s Ass, Why Not Wipe Our Dog’s…?

Episode 22: Hey, We Wipe Our Baby’s Ass, Why Not Wipe Our Dog’s…?

February 27, 2021

I mean, really, am I the only one who finds the routine failure to do so a viral mess, literally?

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Episode 21: Impeachment 2.0 - Republicans Condemn Trump but Condone His Crimes

Episode 21: Impeachment 2.0 - Republicans Condemn Trump but Condone His Crimes

February 20, 2021

When Donald Trump famously boasted he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any support, you probably thought that was just Trump, well, being Trump. Except that, when Republicans supported him even after he incited a MAGA mob that threatened their lives, they proved him more right than even he could have possibly have imagined.

But district attorneys across the country have been chomping at the bit to prove to citizen Trump that it’s not up to ignorant supporters and craven politicians to make him pay for his high crimes and misdemeanors. And the ball is now in their court now.

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Episode 20:  Super Bowl 55 - I Begrudgingly Hail Tom Brady’s Return

Episode 20: Super Bowl 55 - I Begrudgingly Hail Tom Brady’s Return

February 4, 2021

It is true that no player is bigger than his sport. If Tom Brady leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory on Sunday, however, he will come closer to being so in football than even Michael Jordan ever was in basketball.

But I fear another Super Bowl championship, especially in his first season with a new team, will give sports writers just cause to hail Brady as the greatest professional athlete of all time. This is why I’m praying Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs chop him down to size.

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Episode 19: President Bush Has Done More for Africa than Any Other World Leader

Episode 19: President Bush Has Done More for Africa than Any Other World Leader

January 30, 2021

Chances are that the tragic blunders associated with the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina are what you remember most about the presidency of George W. Bush. I submit, however, that the karmic benefits associated with the Millennium Challenge Account for African Development and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (aka PEPFAR) should be mitigating factors in history’s judgment of his presidential legacy.

And perhaps nothing will seal that legacy in this respect quite like having the first Black first lady of the United States shower him with PDA every time they appear together on the world stage.

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Episode 18: The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Restoration of America

Episode 18: The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Restoration of America

January 23, 2021

Donald Trump spent much of his presidency behaving more like the leader of a political cult than the leader of the free world.  Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the whole world breathed a collective sigh of relief at high noon on January 20. Because that’s when, like a proverbial messiah, Joe Biden took the presidential oath that exorcised in an instant all the demonic forces Trump had come to personify.

No doubt Biden will do much to restore America. But beware that Trump's presidency said far more about America than Trump.

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Episode 17: End Indentured Servitude. Pay College Athletes.

Episode 17: End Indentured Servitude. Pay College Athletes.

January 16, 2021

Watching surreal and dystopian events unfold in America these days, it’s easy to imagine them aping the fall of the Roman Empire and the American Civil War – combined. But, if that’s too ominous for you to contemplate, this episode is for you. Consider it a little oasis in the vast wasteland of Trumpism is leaving in its wake.

That said, when you think of sweatshops, you probably think of child labor in factories across Asia, where Nike and other Western companies manufacture their expensive athletic shoes.

But sweatshops abound on football fields across America, where colleges exploit mostly poor and uneducated players to generate billions. This, in exchange for an educational degree that, for 99.9 percent of them, is not even worth the paper it’s written on.

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