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Episode 89:  Farewell Tribute to the Queen…and the Monarchy

Episode 89: Farewell Tribute to the Queen…and the Monarchy

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.

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Length:   18 min 20 sec 

Episode 88: Sunak Lost as Much as Truss Won to Become Next British PM

Episode 88: Sunak Lost as Much as Truss Won to Become Next British PM

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…

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Length:   16 min 

Episode 87: Prince Albert Recommits to Fairytale Marriage in Fine Print

Episode 87: Prince Albert Recommits to Fairytale Marriage in Fine Print

August 28, 2022

There seems little doubt that Charlene is proving more than Prince Albert bargained for. The millions she cost him after she became the most famous runaway bride in history was bad enough. But she topped that by forcing him to pay many millions more by becoming his runaway wife.

No doubt Charles thinks Diana was a difficult wife. But Albert would say she was a tamed shrew compared with what Charlene is putting him through…

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Length:   16 min 05 sec

Episode 86: Speaker Pelosi Calls Chinese President Xi’s Bluff on Taiwan

Episode 86: Speaker Pelosi Calls Chinese President Xi’s Bluff on Taiwan

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.

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Length:   15 min 03 sec

Episode 85: Biden Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Episode 85: Biden Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

August 6, 2022

No, that's not a typo. Ayman al-Zawahiri was the leader of al-Qaeda, not ISIS But you’d be forgiven for wondering why killing him is even worthy of mention, let alone this episode. After all, every time there's breaking news these days of a terrorist attack anywhere, it’s invariably the terrorizing deed not of al-Qaeda, but of its demon spawn, ISIS.

What’s more, former President Trump effectively declared America’s war on terror over years ago after he killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. I duly rebutted and mocked his boast in “ISIS Caliph al-Baghdadi Is Dead. Beware the Next Matryoshka Terrorist Leader…,” October 27, 2019.

But I hope you’ll forgive this admittedly perverse analogy. Because, just as there’s no denying the indelible impression a first major crush leaves, there’s no denying that which a first major terrorist attack does. Zawahiri figured prominently in the latter on 9/11; and he haunted  America’s consciousness ever since…

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Length:   17 min 03 sec

Episode 84:  Pope’s Pilgrimage of Penance Highlights Canada’s Original Sin

Episode 84: Pope’s Pilgrimage of Penance Highlights Canada’s Original Sin

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

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Length:   15 min 20 sec

Episode 83: Biden Must Wag the Dog to Save Ukraine and His Presidency

Episode 83: Biden Must Wag the Dog to Save Ukraine and His Presidency

July 23, 2022

President Biden may not know it. But everyone in Washington thinks he’s a lame duck. So it behooves him to do something dramatic to disabuse them of that thought. As any crisis often does, the war in Ukraine offers him an opportunity to do so in historic fashion.

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Length:   13 min 20 sec

Episode 82: The Supreme Court … and Clarence Thomas

Episode 82: The Supreme Court … and Clarence Thomas

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.
 

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Length:   22 min 19 sec

Episode 81: Happy Independence Day, My Bahamaland

Episode 81: Happy Independence Day, My Bahamaland

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.

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Length:   8 min 22 sec

Episode 80: Putin’s Genocide Against Ukraine Causing Famine in Africa

Episode 80: Putin’s Genocide Against Ukraine Causing Famine in Africa

June 25, 2022

The European decolonization of Africa ended over 50 years ago. Yet nothing betrays Africa as still the white man’s burden quite like African leaders bemoaning about a war now raging in Europe preventing them from feeding their people in Africa.

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Length:   17 min 50 sec

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