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One headline after another seems to confirm that racism remains a serious problem in America. Yet, while deeply disturbing, the situation is neither unexpected nor necessarily an indication of a significant shift in the nation’s character. Present conditions – from economic distress at home, to war and the specter of terrorism abroad – create a […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman What’s the real power in America? What has revolutionalized American politics, its direction, tone, even the way political parties interact and politicos talk on the stump, in Congress and in front of cameras? The answer: talk radio, which some argue has become a partisan unifying political force in America. But […]

Making Sense, by Michael Reagan Plans to build a mosque and Islamic center just 200 meters from the former site of the World Trade Center where 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are not merely inappropriate, they are an outrage. This isn’t about some sort of reconciliation between Muslims and their […]

The sales slogan used by the San Francisco Giants this season, “It’s Magic Inside,” seems to pertain to this trick: Fans arrive early hoping for a precious promotional souvenir and, for many, the Giants make their hopes vanish. The slogan is unique to the Giants, but the ploy of getting fans to show up early […]

It’s been about a year and a half since I made the transition from the mainstream daily newspaper world to the alternative-weekly world. I was just honored with an Honorable Mention in Cartooning at the “AltWeekly Awards” last weekend. And that seems to sum up the good news and the bad news at once. The […]

Once on a flight I ate a cheeseburger-in-a-bag. It was a wonderfully microwaved beefy dough ball of cheesy-type goo. It tasted amazing! Of course, it’s designed to taste amazing. Mission so accomplished. The sandwich had the right amount of fat and salt to appeal to my ancient binge-to-survive-winter DNA. It was laced with artificial scents, […]

The article in The Washington Post filled me with hope: There’s a trend toward college-educated people getting into the trades. One 29-year-old fellow in Washington, D.C. — he has a degree from Notre Dame — considered going to law school, like many others in the lawyer-saturated town. After watching his friends work long hours as […]

Raging Moderate, by Will Durst What is wrong with the GOP? Are they blind, reckless or just plain mean? They must see that reinforcing their stereotype as the Party Of The Rich is not a good idea. They have unanimously said “No. Hell, no” to every budget proposal floated their way, yet are willing to […]

There are several things, Barack Obama, that I’m going to do, Tea Party, to promote what I write, Lady Gaga, and generate more buzz, oil-covered birds. The first is to include as many tags as possible in the first sentence so that Internet searchers are directed to my articles whether they care about them or […]

Scott Stantis, the staff cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, brought my attention to this edited excerpt from a silent 1931 promotional documentary, “From Trees to Tribunes,” focusing on the Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists. It’s crazy to live in a time when cartoonists jobs aren’t’ as valued as they once were. In 1931, the Tribune […]