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Posts Tagged ‘United States


July 2, 2013

    “America the Beautiful” should be the national anthem: Katherine Bates’ words, published in 1910 (and originally titled, “Pikes Peak”), are truly patriotic in the best sense of the word–an expression of love for country and the joy it brings to its inhabitants.    The Star Spangled Banner is eminently unsingable and often referred to […]

Bored for 83 Years

March 1, 2011

Many of us weren’t born when this nonsense started–meaning, the Academy Awards and the slavish adoration of people with otherwise messed-up lives who have a talent for appearing normal, even heroic, on a silver screen. This bears saying again: the obsession with celebrity is our  way of re-creating a royalty that was briefly sacrificed by […]

What “War Against Christmas”?

December 16, 2010

For those who love wars, there’s always room for one more, and now it’s said that one’s been declared against Christmas by those who don’t believe in or celebrate it. I thought the latter were merely stating their own preferences, but Fox News, eager to push people into a fight, has made this a priority, […]

Beer, Or Prayers, with Obama?

October 22, 2010

In this ridiculous political climate, attacks focus not only on the President, but his wife and his religion. First Ladies usually are immune from public criticism, unless they’re Democrats, of course. Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong but when her hubby was found to be a cad, somehow she was considered party to it. Michele Obama […]

Breaking the Political Fever with Humor

October 14, 2010

If ever the American electorate went mad, this is the moment. People have scoured the past for prior insanity but came up short. The 1960s were close, considering Vietnam, the Nixon era and Watergate, not to forget the Generation Gap, a renewal of the Civil War’s “father against son, brother against brother”–not to mention the […]