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Cosby’s Last Act

MONSTROUS ALLEGATIONS ABOUT A GREAT COMIC
SUGGEST EXPLOITATION IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

Cosby Show LogoThe online journal, American Thinker, is running an essay of mine in which I reflect on the terrible allegations that comedian Bill Cosby has been a serial sexual predator.

Cosby had a significant presence for me during my college days, since we both attended Temple University (albeit years apart) and worked at the university’s radio station, WRTI. Also, like most people, I’ve been a big fan of this remarkable performer who has always radiated such great personal warmth and kind, intelligent humor.

I’m as shocked as anyone at the monstrous charges, though I’ll grant that everything being said against him surely could be true, human frailty being what it is and there being so many accusers.

However, I also see the distinct possibility that there’s something at work in this current media frenzy other than a search for justice.

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What Comes Next? (Again)

American Thinker LogoMY RECENT ESSAY ON AMERICAN THINKER
TAPPED INTO SOME POST-ELECTION ANGST

In my latest contribution to the online journal, American Thinker, I asked if our victorious Republicans were prepared to honor the reformist mandate given them in the last election and do what’s necessary to turn this country around. I ended the piece on a restrained but positive note…

“This past Tuesday might have been a turning point. Might have been. Now we shall see.

“But, hey! Call me an optimist. I’ve always enjoyed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

“For now, I’m holding onto a little bit of hope.”

Boy, was my attitude out of sync with the AT audience! — at least with most of those readers motivated to offer their thoughts in the com box. I was swamped by a virtual deluge of pessimism about GOP inclinations and capabilities.

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What Comes Next?

Daily News CoverTHE GOP TRIUMPH WAS DAZZLING
BUT WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The Republican rampage through both houses of congress clearly represents a broad public rejection of the Obama agenda.

But now, will the Grand Old Party finally get its act together and do something constructive with the majorities it achieved on Tuesday?

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Election Day Hope

TUESDAY COULD BE A TURNING POINT
IF DIRTY TRICKS DON’T STEAL IT

Donkey & ElephantPolls indicate that election day 2014 will be a Republican sweep.

The polls could be wrong, of course. They could be infected with over-optimism or distorted by preoccupation with ebola, Ferguson, online beheadings, Michele’s school lunch menu, or the current over-arching Barack Obama fatigue.

Numbers pointing toward either Republicans or Democrats might be wildly off the mark (we’ve seen that before). Close races are still unsettled. And anyway, like the man said, “All politics is local.” People may hate Washington yet still appreciate how their own incumbent brings home the bacon.

On top of that, voter fraud and manipulation are showing up all over the country.

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We All Still Live in Mayberry

OLD TV SHOWS OFTEN REVEAL
UNCHANGING HUMAN TRUTHS

Andy & OpieAn episode of the classic 1960s TV series, “The Andy Griffith Show,” prompted some thoughts on how much has changed in our assumptions about human nature — or, more to the point, how much hasn’t changed.

The online journal, American Thinker, posted my reflections last week. You might want to go over there and check them out…

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/we_all_still_live_in_mayberry.htmlAmerican Thinker Logo

 

Then, please come back here and offer your own insights in the comments section.

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Reelect Rick Snyder

Snyder ButtonA SEMI-MORAL APPEAL TO MY
FELLOW MICHIGAN VOTERS

Readers of this blog know that I sometimes get a bit carried off onto moral tangents. Well, that’s my inclination; I confess to it.

The moral dimensions of this year’s election are all too apparent, however. Some of them stand out in high relief here in Michigan.

I’m voting to reelect Governor Rick Snyder. And yes, I do see a moral dimension in that choice.

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Ben Affleck Explains Islam

A GOOD-HEARTED MOVIE STAR SHOWS
THE NARROW VIEW OF SECULARISM

Real Time LogoA recent episode of Bill Maher’s HBO talk show, “Real Time,” brought a bit of Hollywood glitz to the ongoing debate over the nature of Islam when movie star Ben Affleck got into a high-volume exchange with writer Sam Harris.

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Sensitive about Gender

SILLINESS IN A NEBRASKA SCHOOL DISTRICT
HIGHLIGHTS OUR CULTURAL MADNESS

All-Gender SignBy now, probably everyone has heard about the Lincoln, Nebraska, school district whose “gender sensitivity” training included a handout encouraging teachers to avoid calling boys and girls “boys” and “girls.”

As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, Fox News, and numerous other outlets, teachers were advised to attract their students’ attention by using expressions like, “Calling all readers!” or “Hey, campers!” and to refer to them as “purple penguins” or other cutesy, gender-neutral images.

The training materials were acquired from an organization called Gender Spectrum, which according to its website, “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”

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A Climate Change

HAVE WE OVERLOOKED THE REAL REASON
BEHIND THE ISLAMIC STATE’S RAPID GROWTH?

Here’s the answer to the question of why President Obama took time from building his international coalition against the so-called Islamic State to address the U.N. Climate Summit (per my post of September 26): The forces of IS/ISIL/ISIS have become so powerful because of — Wait for it! — climate change.

Think-Act-ISISProfessor Charles B. Strozler of the City University of New York and Kelly A. Berkell of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice offer this startling revelation at the Huffington Post. Here’s how they say it all happened…

“A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad’s government. Rage at the regime’s callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising. In the ensuing chaos, ISIS stole onto the scene, proclaimed a caliphate in late June and accelerated its rampage of atrocities including the recent beheadings of three Western civilians.”

Well, of course. We should have seen it. It’s so obvious.

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Time to Focus

MIXED MESSAGES AND BAD OPTICS
CLOUD OUR EFFORT IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

Styrofoam CupWhen Barack Obama delivered his famous 2008 campaign speech before a colonnade of faux Greek pillars I said to myself…

“Well, if this guy wins, at least we’ll be getting a President who recognizes the power of symbolism to amplify his message and stir people’s emotions.”

It reminded me of Ronald Reagan who, as a former movie actor, well understood the interplay of evocative words and strong visual imagery.

Strange how, in his presidency, Obama is often quite thoughtless about the impressions that served him so well on the campaign trail. Sometimes it seems like he just doesn’t care about how things look.

The famous Styrofoam salute is a recent example. I’m pretty sure the President intended no conscious disrespect of his Marine guards by returning their salute with a coffee cup in his right hand. Probably it just didn’t occur to him to think about how he would be expected to comport himself as he got off the helicopter.

And that’s the problem: He didn’t think.

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