Author: Murray Powers

The Furnace of Hell

The most important thing that virtually every American should know about Syria, and the wider region in general, is that they have absolutely no clue what is going on there. No clue at all- and the ones who know it…

This Year’s Model

It was only a matter of time before one of the hundreds of talking heads that have flooded cable television previewing Sunday’ Super Bowl, said of Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman, “Does he have to be so loud?” The speaker was…

JUST SAY “NO,” HILLARY

In October of 1980, Muhammad Ali came out of retirement to face the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World, Larry Holmes. Ali was 38 years old and the relationship between his body and his brain was already seriously deteriorating. Holmes was…

Why Gays and Guns Win

For the past month the media, unlike the actual public, has been obsessed with the issues of gay marriage and gun control. The issues have been portrayed as twin harbingers of a new more liberal age, a 1960’s redux, that…

The Worst of Us: Nixon at 100

From the beginning there was something wrong, something reptilian about Richard Nixon. His black eyes never revealed even a flicker of warmth, humor or anything resembling humanity. His blank, baleful stare was what you’d expect in a mugshot from someone…

when sexism bites back

If you grew up in the 70’s, you’ll no doubt recognize this image from the hit movie Summer of ’42 about a lonely woman whose husband had been away fighting the war for several years. Being young and beautiful, she is the…

Romney and The Tebow Effect

He wasn’t his first choice and he wasn’t his second choice. Those two were undoubtedly the safe choices, Pawlenty and Portman, the two mainstream, blow-dried stiffs who’d have been happy to stand innocuously behind Romney like political wives on prozac.…