In the streets of Philadelphia where I grew up, if you didn’t get picked to play in a half-court basketball game, you might say: “I’m taking my ball and going home.” Of course, it would have to be your ball, and it would not make you very popular. Well, Donald Trump decided he was taking … Continue reading All I want for Christmas is for Donald to disappear
Get ready for the dirtiest US presidential campaign in history.* That’s the first thing that occurred to me when Hillary Clinton finally announced she would run for the presidency in 2016: “I’m running for president … Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion … So I’m hitting the road to … Continue reading Hillary’s on the road again; Watch out for the mud
President Barack Obama sent me an email last week. It’s not unusual, as he’s been doing it for six years now, ever since he ran for the White House and won. I’ve voted for Barack Obama twice now, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic National Committee, and Organizing for Action (OFA), have … Continue reading G20: What’s wrong with mentioning climate change?
I always wanted to be the managing editor of The New York Times. Okay, you say, nearly every journalist would say that, but first you have to work there. Well, I had a slim chance to get a Times job back in 1966 when I moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU. … Continue reading Remembrance of Times Past and Vale Joe McGinniss
Amid the massive outpouring of tributes to Nelson Mandela this week, there was a dissonant note in a church in the northern Sydney suburb of Roseville. The dissonance came from the Rev Corrie Nel of the Roseville Presbyterian Church, delivering a sermon to a sparse congregation last Sunday. I hasten to add I wasn’t there, … Continue reading There was only one Nelson Mandela
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
It has been one of those weeks when the news ranged from the depressing to the positively uplifting. On the depressing side, the release of the Australian Crime Commission report on drugs and organised crime in sport last Thursday, called “the blackest day in Australian sport” by the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping … Continue reading It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism
Four years ago I was in the Sky News Australia newsroom in Sydney watching Barack Obama’s first inauguration when the tears started to flow. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, began to sing My Country, Tis of Thee to a million people gathered around the mall in Washington, and to millions of viewers around the … Continue reading The 2013 Inauguration: Poems and Prayers and Promises
This is one of those “Only in America” stories. On Gun Appreciation Day in the US, five people have been shot at gun shows across the nation. Three people were shot at a show in Raleigh, North Carolina; one man was shot in Indianapolis, Indiana, and another at a gun show in Medina, Ohio. They … Continue reading Never stand between a gun supporter and the 2nd Amendment
I was going to write about racism in Australia, following alleged race riots in the Brisbane satellite city of Logan this week, but I decided to wait. Racism is a very difficult topic, and this is a complex situation. Upcoming soon, I promise. As I was mulling over alternatives for this post, Barack Obama made … Continue reading Gun control: It’s all about Grace