America is Getting “Trumped” (Part 1)

There are so many reasons why Donald Trump is dominating the news cycle during the summer of 2015.  But one day, it will be a summer to forget.  Why?  Because America is getting “Trumped”. The theatrics, the bombastic speech, the insults…. all quintessential Trump.  His New York “toug
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Recess is Right!

Congress is fleeing Washington for what is customarily referred to as “summer recess”.  Recess is right!  Congressional members have been acting like school children, unable to play fair or learn to cooperate with one another. RECESS.  Isn’t that for a break after co
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Iraq as Prelude for Afghanistan. (Or…Bigfoot is a Myth)

The Middle East remains a region of consequence for the entire world as the catastrophe in Syria unfolds and the gamesmanship between Israel and Iran continues.  Both conflicts hold radiating consequences for the E.U., Russia, China, the U.S. and an endless number of nation-states.  W
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Paid To Do Nothing

Can you imagine there could be a job where you got paid to do nothing?  What a dream! Surely such a job does not exist;  na, not in reality. But such a job does exist and 535 people are doing that job today.  There are 435 U.S. Congressional Representatives and 100 Senators who are de
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Political Headwinds Around The World

The victories of the Socialist candidate (Hollande) in France, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate (Morsi) in Egypt, the PRI candidate (Neito) in Mexico signal global exhaustion after a decade of transnational economic decline and an international focus on fighting terrorism.  People are
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Jesus Did Not Have A Laptop-Part I

I like tradition.  Tradition roots us as humans in a way that brings a deep sense of identity and belonging.  It should be treasured and valued within religious practice. Religious tradition is a most sensitive domain as it treads on deeply held beliefs and practices about God, worshi
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What Can We Learn?

The election that resulted in the historic win for Aung San Suu Kyi, marks a significant shift in the political future for Myanmar.  Also known as Burma, this country has signaled a willingness to embrace a democratic reform at such a pace that can only be called breathtaking. Suu Kyi
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The Exceptionalism of America?

Is America an exceptional nation? This past week I participated in a public forum on the topic of American Exceptionalism.  As one of the presenters, I included a global perspective of the United States in the Twenty-First Century.  The realities of globalization and the shifting econ
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Afghanistan good’nuf

There has been a phrase in use in Afghanistan for several years now.  This phrase captures the stated objectives for the overall mission.  This phrase represents the real objective, over and against the publicly stated objectives.  The phrase is “Afghanistan good enough“. 
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Yankin’ Your Chain

Please, everyone stop with the game set in place by Rush Limbaugh.  As an old friend of mine used to say, “He’s yankin’ your chain“.  But it is more than that, Limbaugh is manipulating; and doing a fine job at that. Limbaugh need not be given the platform to &#
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