Op/Ed: Bernie’s Jewish Complex

With Senator Bernie Sanders leaping ahead of the pack in the Democratic Party, chances have greatly increased that he will become the first Jewish nominee to reach the general election for President of the United States.

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Op/Ed: Halloween’s Over: Take off the Masks

At a graduation of a family friend, out of the blue, one in our group began lamenting that progressives tended to live in cities. She proposed that progressives should move to rural areas and "purge [such areas] of those awful conservatives."

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Op/Ed: Russia, Racists, and Ridiculousness

Now that the Russian collusion story has lost its captivating and enticing glow, the left's narrative du jour is that anyone expressing a contrary opinion is a racist. It is so exhausting! What is a racist, anyway?

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Op/Ed - Eugenics, Euthanasia, Infanticide, and Religion

New York's Catholic Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo had the World Trade Center in lights to celebrate its recently enacted abortion-on-demand-until-the-day-of-birth law. This law was framed, and sold to legislators, as empowering women through guaranteeing "Reproductive Health."

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Op/Ed - Free, Black and Twenty-one

I ran into a 20-something fellow wearing a T-shirt that said "I love being black." I had a wave of fond nostalgia remembering how my mother began our outings with "I'm free, black, and 21 – let's do it!"

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Op/Ed SCOTUS Hearings: Judge Kavanaugh’s Character Assassins Could Be Controlling Your Medical Care

Our elected legislators have been at their worst during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What a shameful display: condescending, arrogant show-boating senators questioning him in a manner reminiscent of the Grand Inquisitor.

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Op/Ed: Create Your Own Healthcare "System"

Kudos to the folks in D.C. who are advancing alternatives to the Affordable Care Act's over-regulated and expensive health insurance policies. Small business association health plans and expanding health savings accounts (HSAs) are among several tools to increase health care choices.

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Op/Ed: The REAL Fake News

Today, the term 'Fake News' is firmly entrenched in our lexicon. It seems everyone from Trumpite retirees, to neo-political millennials, freely toss around the phrase. The term was even recognized as, "The Word of the Year" by UK-based Collins Dictionary.

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Op/Ed: There’s More To Black History Than Slavery

Black History month is a time to celebrate Americans, past and present, whose accomplishments are sometimes overshadowed by the eye-catching negative news stories which contribute to the general dissolution of race relations in contemporary culture.

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The Power of Sports Metaphors in Politics: Trump vs. Clinton as The Main Event

Gender norms influence not just what we think, but how. Consider the presence of sports metaphors in American politics. Metaphors are not merely figures of speech. According to the cognitive scientists and philosophers George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1980), human thought processes are largely metaphorical.

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Justice Antonin Scalia: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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The recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a historically conservative firebrand on the Supreme Court, sent shockwaves through the political world. In the middle of a hectic and noisy presidential primary, the Republican candidates shared a moment of silence during their ninth debate — and then dove into a conversation about whether President Barack Obama should nominate a successor.

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The Problem with Saying "Merica"

"Merica." No, that's not a misspelling. In recent years, we've all heard someone say the name of our nation in this ironic manner. I'd be lying if I told you I've never uttered it myself jokingly.

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  • Hey, You're That Guy: Actor Kelly Perine

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    Hollywood has launched a thousand careers, and among them are the many extremely talented character actors and comedians whose nuanced performances knock us on our asses every time we see them. Just the sight of them elicits responses like, “I love that guy! Wasn't he in that one movie? You know the one. What is that guy's name?”

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama visits the Middle East; Assad Assassinated; Senate Tosses Assault Ban; Sequester Impacts

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    President Obama spent the week touring the Middle East and speaking with heads of states from Israel, Jordan and the Palestine urging leaders on to move forward with a peace initiative.

     
  • CORONA VIRUS CASES SPIKE, Declarations Akin to War as Leaders Seek to Slow Spread (National Closures)

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    The Coronavirus, now classified as a worldwide pandemic, the likes of which have n ever been fictionalized, has caused an unprecedented government response as cases in the U.S. spike and the global death rate is now at 3.75%.

     
  • Haute Home: The Brand Best Equipped to Become the Smart Home King

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    Sixteen years after the Disney Channel released the spooky, made-for-TV movie “Smart House,” the film now seems positively prophetic. Complete with voice commands, temperature control and a pleasant, Siri-like response system, Disney nailed several of the next decade’s tech breakthroughs. It’s as if the filmmakers knew we’d get Nest, Google Now and Apple TV in just a few short years.

     
  • Mother’s Day Review - Solid, A Fun Entertaining Chick Film

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    Mother’s Day, from Open Road Films and Gulfstream Pictures, presents an enjoyable family dramedy, centering around the one day every year where the unsung hero of each family is celebrated and the decisions, situations and consequences are the realities of life.

     
  • Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Ewa Minge Fall/Winter 2017/18 Couture Collection – Fairy Tales

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    Inspired by the ancient gypsy fables that transport all into an enchanted, joyful, dancing world, Ewa Minge, Poland’s most celebrated and well known designer, recently showed her Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection during the Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, France.

     
  • Join Maestro Victor Vener and His California Philharmonic Featuring Cedric Berry July 12 At Santa Anita

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    For Immedite Release Pasadena/Arcadia – Hold on to your hats music-fans because it's sure to be an unforgettably wild ride when Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic are joined by special guest, acclaimed bass baritone Cedric Berry, for Cowboys & Copland on July 12, 2014. 

     
  • Labor Day – An Unusual Romantic Tearjerker

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    "Labor Day,” from Indian Paintbrush and Paramount Pictures, presents the story of three people, wounded from the road of life, who for one moment regain the freedom they felt before tragedy took up residence.

     
  • Via Veneto Santa Monica Review - Dishing Star-Caliber Italian Cuisine

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    Via Veneto in Santa Monica, an authentic European-style, locavore-minded, Italian dining experience, and is as well-known as the A-List clientele, including David and Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria and Harrison Ford, that frequent the distinctive award-winning eatery.

     
  • The Hate You Give Review - Four Stars, Cast Delivers Tour de Force Performance

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    The Hate You Give, from Fox 2000 Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, presents a story plaguing cities across America, an unarmed black male is shot and killed by a white cop as his best friend watches him die.

     
  • Istanbul Airport Twin Blasts: 41 Dead; 239 Injured

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    Twin bomb blasts denoted at Istanbul Turkey’s Ataturk International airport after three suicide terrorists began firing shots into the crowded terminal killing 41 and injuring hundreds as the Islamic state terrorist organization has claimed responsibility.

     
  • Money News: Bear Mauls Ten Most Watched Global Markets

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    The Dow Jones Industrial. Along with the NASDAQ and S &P 500, made a strong effort over the past week, successfully holding the bear at bay, until the off the encroaching bear market while the S&P500 fell as the bear split the ten most watched global markets with no obvious pattern as usually aligned U.S. markets fell.

     
  • Assassin’s Creed Review – Intriguing and Surprisingly Good

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    Assassin's Creed, from 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises, brings to the screen an epic battle between history and science, good and evil, free will over conditioned responses, and even nurture verses nature in a quest that crosses time.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump’s Tax Tricks; JFK Papers; Conspiracy Revisited; Japan; Spain; Hurricane Relief

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    President Donald Trump has decided not to stop the release of a batch of previously unseen documents surrounding the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, while riding in a motorcade in Dallas Texas, November 22, 1963.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Sandy Hook Shooting Dominates; Fiscal Cliff Standoff; John Kerry Nominated as Clinton Successor

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    President Obama heard the nation, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, and shifted the priorities of his second administration to place Gun Control at the top of his agenda.