The American people will elect Donald Trump president this year. I’m not saying I want it to happen. I’m just sayin’. It will happen like this. Hillary gets the nomination of the Democrats. The Donald gets the GOP nod, because they can’t figure out how to stop him. Then, the campaign: Hillary vs. the Donald. […]

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Most if not all of the major spiritual traditions on our planet seem to embrace the path as a metaphor. Maybe that’s why I’ve found the prospect of a greenway in the Lafitte Corridor so inspiring over the years. There’s been something very compelling about imagining a trail in what is currently fallow, empty land […]

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It seems that in a few hours John Edwards will drop out of the Democratic primary. He’ll make the announcement right here in New Orleans, which is also where he started his campaign. I’ve tried to remain neutral with regard to the primaries. After all, I can’t vote in our state primary (because I’m registered […]

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Now that Christmas is past and campaign season is swinging into full gear, I will permit myself the following cranky thoughts. Remember the mantra from 2004? Anybody but Bush… Anybody but Bush… Well, it turns out now there is someone worse than Bush, and it just so happens that he’s running for president. I’m speaking […]

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Friends of New Orleans is mounting a campaign to bring a presidential debate to New Orleans. I have mixed emotions about this. The presidential debates are something of a farce. They should be organized by a nonpartisan group, but they’re not. They’re organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates. They claim to be nonpartisan, but […]

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For the last century, almost all top political appointments [on the planet Earth] had been made by random computer selection from the pool of individuals who had the necessary qualifications. It had taken the human race several thousand years to realize that there were some jobs that should never be given to the people who […]

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My friend Jason Neville put this together from data collected at opensecrets.org and CNN. He couldn’t find a vote total for Peroutka, but I found a number on the candidate’s website. I thought it put an interesting perspective on the 2004 presidential race. Candidate Votes Money Raised Votes-Per-Dollar Cobb 104,087 $133,576 0.78 Badnarik 373,729 $841,498 […]

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I just had the most bizarre conversation with our temp secretary. She actually called me a “commie” becuz I posted some antiwar posters from protestposters.org. She said I was un-American becuz I didn’t fully support our president. Under my line of return questioning, she refused to admit that any elected official has ever done anything […]

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