Politics, Moderate



Dallas, the Palace and other malice

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

For the kiddies, it'll be necessary to start this rant by explaining that there was an immensely popular TV show called "Dallas" that ran from 1978 through 1991. It traced the escapades of a grossly dysfunctional Texas family dynasty. Now we have the soap opera about a grossly dysfunctional British family dynasty. We could call it "Palace."

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Fair Game, Foul Game

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's give a little credit to President Donald Trump: He's not a plagiarizer. His wife has been known to lift a few passages, but that's not his thing.

Actually, Twitter has retweeting, so plagiarism is not necessary. You can steal ideas without raising a sweat. Sometimes Trump's most despicable stuff comes from others, like the doctored ...Read more

Gervais monologue showed up the newsbiz And showbiz

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pardon my sharing a personal preference, but I don't give a rat's patootie about the opinions of some showbiz notables because, notwithstanding their star power, they usually don't really know what they're talking about. I also hate to interview other journalists, often for the same reason.

Once, I was covering a political story and a prominent...Read more

Same distractions, different presidents

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The president is smack-dab in the middle of impeachment politics. Suddenly, he orders a bold but perilous military action. His defenders vehemently argue that petty politics is getting in the way of his exercising his hugely important duties as commander in chief.

By now, you are probably aware that Donald Trump, the 45th president, has ordered...Read more

Season's Greetings Never

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

With the multitude of holiday celebrations and hopes for a new year and the new decade, we have also been forced to realize that evil is still festering. The horror of anti-Semitism is on the increase in the United States and around the world. Here it resulted in a series of attacks against Jews this Hanukkah season. Our politicians universally ...Read more

We will make the same mistakes moving forward into 2020

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Add this to the list of gripes about the media: At the very same time they are riddled with commentators complaining about how the Yuletide season is overdone, particularly the Christmas gift-giving frenzy, the media are the ones overdoing it. That's because of advertisers, of course, the businesses that profit from the sale of those presents. ...Read more

2020 will be about whether the country really has any future

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Now that we've gotten over the traditional Yuletide frenzy of regifting and exchanging, we hurtle toward the new year as any glow from Christmas becomes a distant memory. After January, the pall of winter settles over the land. Even in the semitropical parts of our country, climate change has intensified the destructive force of nature. ...Read more


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