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“Where did you serve?” If Gen. Stanley McChrystal has his way, some day that question won’t refer just to military service but to a new year of national service that will be a rite of passage for young Americans and a force to unite us across partisan, economic, racial, and geographic lines. Renewing our common […]

Raging Moderate by Will Durst It wasn’t what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are.  How bad did it get for ancient intolerant caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. […]

Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized. And with good reason: More than half (52 percent) of drug arrests are for marijuana. This is a drug proven to be less harmful with fewer health […]

Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. The racist landowner and L.A. Clippers owner’s years of racist activity included evicting a “smelly black woman” from her apartment because she complained about the leaking plumbing.   Now the NBA has banned the owner of the Clippers from all basketball activity for his racist rant recorded by […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe GandelmanAmerica has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment. In the third and least successful Godfather movie, bigwig crime boss Michael Corleone, who spent years trying to get his “family” into legitimate businesses, says: ” Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” He’s sucked back into the overtly […]

Tyrades! By Danny TyreeNecessity, they say, is the mother of invention. And necessity (my looming deadline) has forced me to invent a connection between Mother’s Day and Red Buttons. You remember Red Buttons, don’t you? The amiable comedian was a regular on the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” specials in the Seventies. His shtick involved questioning […]

When an ethics watchdog group filed a criminal complaint alleging that Texas Gov. Rick Perry committed bribery by threatening to veto anti-corruption funding unless the Travis County District Attorney resigned, I had one thought: We have ethics watchdogs in Texas? Dear lord, they must be tired. Sled dogs don’t work that hard in Alaska. In […]

While the national media is mostly focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s latest net neutrality follies (still a regulatory solution in search of a problem), the far bigger policy challenge the Commission faces is executing the most complex spectrum auction in the agency’s history. Unfortunately, the FCC seems more concerned with picking winners and losers […]

This past week, the Obama Administration’s State Department has had one of their more disastrous weeks to date. You wouldn’t know about any of this, because the mainstream media doesn’t seem to think it’s big news, but we do.  It all began Thursday with a tweet from Jen Psaki, former Obama 2008 and 2012 campaign […]

Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones. According to a report from Flurry Analytics, says The Washington Post’s Style Blog, the average mobile consumer checks his phone 150 times a day. A “mobile addict” is defined as someone who launches apps more than 60 times a day — 10 times as often as […]