The Sugar High from the 2017 Tax Cut Bill

The Sugar High in Children Few would deny the relatively immediate satisfaction of finishing a piece of sugar-laden cheesecake or dish of chocolate ice cream. But many parents share the common belief that providing too much sugar causes their children to become hyperactive. Yet numerous studies have demonstrated there is no scientific basis for that… More

Truth, Facts and Life — Casualties of Vitriolic Partisanship

Vitriolic Partisanship Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015 with vitriolic partisanship. Since then, the words truth and fact have taken on new meaning. Truth once meant that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Fact once meant something that actually exists; reality; truth. The words were virtually interchangeable, but… More

The Ball is in Your Court, Chief Justice John Roberts

The Idiom The sport of either tennis or basketball provides the idiom, “the ball is in your court.” In simple terms, it means that regardless of how we got to this point, it’s your responsibility now. By addressing this statement to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, it has a very specific meaning. Merrick Garland… More

Kavanaugh — Outrage, Lies and Partisanship

The Hearing On September 27 Christine Blasey Ford testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.  She alleged that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her some thirty-six years ago when both were teenagers. Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. By mid afternoon, the hearing’s… More

The Fifth Column—Can History Repeat?

Origin of the term and its impact For those unfamiliar with the term, a fifth column refers to a group of subversive people who undermine their own country by any overt or clandestine means to collaborate with an enemy. The term originated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War when troops of the fascist General… More

Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump

Putin’s Puppet Congratulations Donald Trump on the enormous satisfaction you provided Russian President Vladimir Putin at Monday’s summit in Helsinki. You’ve done something no other President ever did before. You groveled before a tyrant who rules a major adversary of the United States. But I guess that was to be expected. You’ve given new meaning… More

Republicans’ New Pledge of Allegiance

Updated version of the Pledge of Allegiance In honor of Independence Day 2018, I think it fitting to publish a new and more relevant version of the Pledge of Allegiance that acknowledges the fealty demanded by the President of the United States from the Republican Party, especially the members of Congress, the Government’s propaganda arm—Fox… More

Politics at the Water’s Edge

Politics and Nonpartisan Foreign Policy There are different opinions as to who first echoed the classic phrase, “Politics Stop at the Water’s Edge,” but both parties have made that assertion when they were the party in power seeking nonpartisan support for its foreign policy.   In an article published on the Oxford University Press blog,… More

Duplicity and Complicity in Defense of the Indefensible

A Nation of Laws We are a nation of laws. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law. That fact was plainly recognized in 1974 when President Richard Nixon was forced to resign and subsequently received a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against… More