In the 1st Century CE, the Romans destroyed the second temple and purged all Jews from ancient Israel. The final battle was at Masada, wherein the final remnants of Jewish leadership perished by suicide just before the Romans breached the walls of the fortification. It was not until the 20th Century that the Jews began to return in significant numbers in response to the Nazi threats.
Gerrymandering is a process wherein politicians can determine the outcome of elections by drawing district boundaries in a manner that greatly favors their own party.
FORGOTTEN FACTS ABOUT HEALTHCARE 1) Healthcare is not like other forms of insurance. You cannot buy it by the slice. Everyone needs full coverage because no one knows what might happen. 2) Healthcare can be immensely expensive. Any health care issue can potentially cost one hundred thousand or even one million dollars. 3) Any form […]
Historian Ken Burns’ new CNN series on the Viet Nam war opens many old wounds as we review its horrible history. We talk about the 62,000 Americans who died in that horrible war, but we never mention the one million Vietnamese who died in that war, and the utter devastation that we released on that […]
ELECTION REFORM Elections are the sacred well of democracy. When the waters are poisoned there is nothing left. Without fair and open elections the choices of the people are thwarted and democratic government collapses. When this happens, the government ceases to be the servant of the people, and instead allows the usurpation of government authority […]
As the Congress discusses the reconfiguration of our health care system, one “solution” that keeps coming up is various options related to health savings plans. These plans need to be recognized for what they really are, a con of the health care consumer. Sure, you can get health care, but you must pay for it […]
The Trump team has done nothing but lie to us. His people would tell the most outrageous lies throughout the election and transitional period. Now they are continuing their outrageous lies from the White House. On day one of the Trump administration, Saturday, January 21, Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first official briefing. In […]
It’s time to dump the Electoral College (November 2016) For the second time in recent history, the Electoral College has thwarted the will of the American voter. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, as did Al Gore in 2000. That is twice in 16 years that the Electoral College has failed us. The […]
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH AMERICA There was a time when Republicans were decent people, drawn from the mainstream, who loved their country and believed in the American Dream for all people. Those days are now long gone. The Republican Party has become the party of obstruction, the party of bitter and unremitting […]
THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION EVENT The Earth has had five previous mass extinctions events, and we are now in number six. The current crisis is called the Anthropocene Extinction, meaning that it is caused by human activity. Much has been published recently about global climate change. But there is a much bigger picture to see […]