It’s July 4th as I write this article. I have reached the age where this day is one where I anticipate what is to come the rest of the summer. Politically I am wondering which will be the bigger circus; the Republican National Convention or the Rio Olympics. If nothing else the remainder of the summer appears to offer plenty of laughs and head shaking moments. Continue reading Cleveland Or Rio?
Today we celebrate the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. The holiday is formally called Independence Day but I, like most Americans, think of it as the Fourth of July. As a little boy I loved to play baseball and the Fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday because it was the one that almost always brought baseball weather with it to Western New York. Appropriately my first date with my wife was on the Fourth of July. It was a good holiday for an older version of Larry too! Continue reading Donald The Patriot?
There were two major terrorist attacks last week; one on Tuesday in Turkey and one on Friday in Bangladesh. I have learned to refrain from comment or drawing conclusions until some time has passed. The initial reports often end up being inaccurate. One of the features of American news coverage of these events is the talking heads trying to give us “insight” into the unfolding events. Two words resonated from a comment I heard and I’d like to talk about them today. Continue reading Homicidal Suicidal
A popular parlor game this holiday weekend will be guessing the Vice Presidential picks for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the sake of today’s article I’ll play along. Continue reading Veepstakes Anyone? Everyone?
Money in politics and elections is a common theme in this column. It is almost never in a complimentary way. Citizens United just made a bad situation worse. One of my many issues with it is that it made it too easy for foreign money to get involved in our elections. Some Americans may feel that there should be no limit on donations and that money is speech; however I have yet to meet the American who wants foreign money involved. Continue reading Is It Ignorance Or Arrogance?