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Why Don’t We Treat Guns Owners Like Potential Terrorists?

[Updated Below] On an April 26th edition of Bill Moyers with Glenn Greenwald about the “High Cost of Government Secrecy”, Moyers opens the segment with the following: On Fox News the other day, New York congressman Peter King said: “If … Continue reading

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David Frum on Guns in America

Our national delusion seems to know no limits. Mainly I am talking about the likes of Wayne Pierre and his NRA cronies. But they’re not really the problem are they? The problem is the heads-in-the-sand tribal partisanship where people faced … Continue reading

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People with Guns Kill

  The incredibly powerful lobby, the NRA, is constantly reminding us, especially when there is yet another senseless murder, that guns don’t kill, people do. That is true. But it is also true that while alcohol doesn’t drive a car … Continue reading

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A Huge Deficit and Nothing But Guns to Show For It

In today’s Washington Post, ultra-conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer writes that Obama wants to make the U.S. like Europe. Some Americans like me who actually live in Europe don’t think that is necessarily a bad idea. I think I have already … Continue reading

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Guns and Justices: Pulling a Full 360º

Isn’t it interesting how easy it is for the Supreme Court Justices to perform a full 360º “about face” on their legal principles when it is convenient for them? This is obvious in the recent Supreme Court case of The … Continue reading

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Brand USA® and What Makes America Great

As an American in Europe for more than fifteen years, I have a pretty clear idea of what makes America great and where we could also use some improvement. Contrast this month’s decision by the EU Court of Justice to … Continue reading

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Things I’ve Read (recently)

The following are some interesting and insightful things I have read in the past few months from the following three non-fiction works of history: Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas by Sylviane A. Diouf A Short History … Continue reading

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When a Muslim Immigrant Behaves like a Lone White Male

I spend a lot of time writing about how mass shootings and going postal are All American and unique to our fine and exceptional nation: Almost every time we have a shooting spree – as American as apple pie – … Continue reading

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America: Ruthless and Unforgiving?

Watching and listening to the way more than half of the country is discussing the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath, I keep thinking that there is something incredibly ruthless and unforgiving about Americans’ sense of justice. Central to … Continue reading

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Isis, Ebola, Fear and Big Government

[UPDATE below] Before I begin: Guns kill 30,000 Americans per year. The Flu kills thousands of Americans per year. You are nine times more likely to be killed by the police than by a terrorist. Now let me begin: The … Continue reading

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