A Hero for Our Times

Tiberius is known today, if at all, as the man who greased the Roman Empire’s slide into the degenerate dictatorships of Caligula, Claudius and Nero. So  let’s take a look at the reign of Tiberius (14-37), and at what’s happening in our own country today, as our emperor and his sycophantic Senate grease our slide.

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Not Quite News

Many moons ago I was city editor at a daily newspaper in Southern California owned by the Chicago Tribune. After I’d wrote (Mark Twain accepts this grammatical construction) OK, written, a couple of Sunday columns, the publisher called me into his office and closed the door.

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An Open Letter to ‘America’s Rabbi’

The self-proclaimed “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, blew $104,000 of someone else’s money last week for a full-page ad in The New York Times, accusing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of “desecrating the Holocaust,” because she called the Trump administration’s immigration prisons “concentration camps.” Well, rabbi, since you’re quibbling about definitions: You can’t desecrate something unless it’s holy. Is that how you really feel about the Holocaust?

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On Editors

“Napoleon once shot and killed a publisher. But he was aiming at an editor. His intentions were good.”
— Mark Twain
I got into editing for the money. Shows how smart I am. Editing pays a pittance more than reporting. The Brownsville Herald hired me as a copy editor for $6 an hour in 1988, three days after I’d been fired from my first newspaper staff job, in San Bernardino County, after a glorious inglorious tenure of three months.

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