The true meaning of patriotism

My great-uncle, U.S. Marine Corps Private William L. Brasfield, also known as Lee, died long before I was born, but I heard all the stories. As a young man, he enlisted because he believed that was what a patriot was supposed to do. For a while, he wrote fascinating letters home to rural Alabama about […]

Democratic stars scrap for a chance to lead us out of the darkness

It wasn’t exactly the level of TV drama that draws droves of people to tune  in like “The Bachelorette,” “Survivor,” or the “Dallas” era of “Who shot J.R. Ewing?” Nonetheless, the verbal battles provided by the Democratic candidates for president Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit were informative, entertaining and definitely “must-see TV” for voters. Nobody […]

How the hell did we get here?

A lot of nights lately, I find it hard to sleep. I think about those poor children in the immigration camps huddled together on a concrete floor ––miserable because of inadequate sanitation, no medical care, drinking water from toilets like dogs, and in their fear, having no one but each other to hug and comfort. […]

Liar, Liar, pants on fire: Prevaricator in Chief can’t stop telling whoppers

“No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited).” This is what the Prevaricator in Chief tweeted on Monday, Feb. 11, trying to counteract information about his work schedule leaked over the preceding weekend by the news media source Axios. Obtaining his daily work schedule, Axios reported that Trump frequently spends […]

How to behave at a state funeral

Rules of etiquette are among the first things a child is taught in order to participate in civilized society. Don’t chew with your mouth open. Say “please” and “thank you.” Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. Those are among the basics. At the next level, eventually everyone has to learn the rules of etiquette […]