Monthly Archives: August 2016

“The Star-Spangled Banner” and Kaepernick protest don’t belong in sports stadiums

I wish a committee of patriotic Americans would start a drive to ban the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at all sporting events except gold-medal ceremonies at the Olympics. How the sports establishment managed to appropriate our national anthem for … Continue reading

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Film director becomes scapegoat in gender wars

The blacklisting of entertainment industry professionals on the altar of anti-communism after World War II has left an indelible stain on the American conscience. The 2015 film “Trumbo” serves as a scary reminder of how lives can be destroyed by … Continue reading

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Swimmer Ryan Lochte is becoming punch line of jokes

“Speedo drops Lochte. In retaliation, swimmer drops Speedos.” That’s a fanciful headline a copy-editor friend of mine came up with, and I can imagine seeing it soon in some racy tabloid. Why? Because disgraced swimmer Ryan Lochte is rapidly running … Continue reading

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Swimmer Lochte and Shasta Lake otters need some good PR

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and a bunch of Shasta Lake otters have this in common: they’ve messed up a good public image and need the help of smooth PR agents. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medal winner, concocted a wild story … Continue reading

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Lawyers and immigrant success stories

When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas. I’m saying this metaphorically, as a prelude to suggesting that I see nothing admirable or redeeming in a lawyer who gets paid big bucks to help a powerful and wealthy client … Continue reading

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