Category Archives: Politics

Donors and Diplomats

They’re called “bundlers”.  That’s the name given to people who, through their own donations and the donations of their very wealthy friends, amass huge contributions for political candidates and their campaigns.   Once in a while, if the bundle is large … Continue reading

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California’s Death Sentence

While residents of some States considered issues such as gay marriage and recreational marijuana use on election day, the people of California were faced with Proposition 34 – an initiative to repeal the State’s death penalty.  After all the votes … Continue reading

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Why General Petraeus Needs Olivia Pope

If there’s anybody who should be handling the General Petraeus/CIA/FBI/biographer/socialite scandal it’s Olivia Pope.  For those of you who watch the ABC series “Scandal” you’re familiar with what Olivia and her team do.  For those of you who have no … Continue reading

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The Silly Season and The Debate Team

Before I get to what this post is supposed to be about, I’d just like to say that Donald Trump is a jerk.  I know that this isn’t really news to most of you, but on Wednesday he pulled a … Continue reading

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Watching The Presidential Debates

  The first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney was held on Wednesday night.  For days, every pundit, political expert and campaign adviser has weighed in on it.  I think even the local weatherman in … Continue reading

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Clinton, Inc.

On Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech nominating President Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.   While I watched him, I realized that what we were seeing was a combination of Billy Mays, Billy … Continue reading

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The Court and Congress Have Spoken

Two very important decisions were made in Washington, D.C. today, by two different branches of the government.  One of them was overshadowed by the other, but that doesn’t make the other any less serious.  The Supreme Court handed down a … Continue reading

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Just Say No to Drug Wars

We’re all kidding ourselves if we still think that the war on drugs is ever going to accomplish anything.  It isn’t easy for me to say this, because everything I’ve ever done professionally was about a duty to uphold laws … Continue reading

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Special Victims and Bureaucratic Backlogs

It’s nearly impossible to find reliable statistics regarding sexual assaults in the United States.  The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report places the number at around 98,000 per year.    The UCR is a compilation of statistics, provided by State and local law … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell. Don’t Know.

Since 1981, the federal government has poured over a billion dollars into what is known as “abstinence only until marriage” programs, with States receiving funding through such things as the Adolescent Family Life Act and the Welfare Reform Act.   … Continue reading

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