Ask Mrs Vera: Which is worse? The Shutdown or Barilla™?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

What’s worse, The Shutdown or Barilla™?

Guido Boehner, Annapolis, MD

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Michael Johnstone.

Dear Giovanni NoBarroehner,

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Richard Hodo Equates Gay Rights Groups With The KKK

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Black Sheep

With the leading CNN, Newsweek and primetime headlines about Israel many would be surprised to learn Israel is one of the world’s leading metropolitan and technologically advanced countries. Israel has the second largest number of startup companies in the world and the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of North America. In 2010 it ranked 17th among the world’s most economically developed nations according to the International Institute for Management and Development’s World Competitiveness Yearbook.… [Read more]

Chaplain John McTernan — A Face Full of Hate

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Are We That Bad?

One minute, I’m proud as hell of this country, the good old U.S. of A. The next minute, I wish Jerry Garcia was still alive and we could all just float upon a cloud of patchouli while group-hugging all the way to drug-induced enlightenment. Sometimes, I get inspired thinking about how far we’ve come in such a short time (sans the drugs) in some respects; but as soon as I am again steeped in the issues of the current day, I want to grab this country by Florida and drag it out to the woodshed for a proper switching.… [Read more]

Always Bet on Black

My friend, Mia Imani (CEO of Star Legacy Media), and I are at it again.  We’ve turned away, for the moment, from political conversations towards discussing wonderful things some very creative people are doing.  In this interview we would like to introduce you to Mr. Alex Simmons — a talented, visionary writer and creator spanning multiple genres. … [Read more]