Author: Murray Powers

Pawlenty, the other white meat

When the Republicans who are actually in a position to decide survey their options for a vice presidential candidate to aid their stunningly weak nominee, they face the most narrowed field in modern times. With the internal struggle between the…

A Portrait in Cowardice

There are two kinds of courage. The first is a mindset, an approach to life and its challenges. We often hear of the courage of those who, day in and day out, have to fight to overcome illness or physical…

The Depp of Ego

It’s surprising that it took this long for the classic 1960’s series Dark Shadows to take it’s turn getting the retro-update treatment. The series has everything you could ask for, 60’s camp, iconic characters and even classic theme music. It’s…

america’s baseball problem

Yesterday with some free time in the afternoon, I thought I’d do something I hadn’t done in years, watch a baseball game. That is a baseball game that wasn’t a playoff or a World’s Series game, just an old school,…

The Bombs that didn’t go off

Anyone who saw Game Change over the weekend had to have been horrified anew that someone of such modest intellectual capacity as Sarah Palin could have gotten so close to the most powerful office on the planet. It was actually…

If He were here today

With the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial today in Washington D.C., Dr. King finally and formally takes his place among the pantheon of national heroes. But, as we find ourselves in a time of simmering turmoil, there…

The Occupied Territory Farce

Like all other American cities, Oakland, California is not “occupied territory.” Not even close. Not even symbolically. Have banks or engines of any financial muscle been seriously picketed, hampered or boycotted? Government offices? No. Oakland’s business as usual, dysfunctional and…