Author Archives: Richard K. Barry

Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat

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Republicans will have a problem managing the sexual harassment issue and they know it

While neither party can claim innocence when it comes to sexual harassment, a significant difference in how it is being addressed is emerging. Democrats are pushing offenders out; Republicans continue to lie about past behaviour. Conservatives know that Democrats will … Continue reading

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Sen. Al Franken resigns. I hope it helps

Sen. Al Franken made it quite clear that his resignation was not an admission of guilt. I, however, am inclined to believe that when a substantial number of women step forward to allege inappropriate behaviour, there’s something to it. I’m … Continue reading

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Campaign News

The Washington Post: Alabama race is neck and neck, with voters divided over Roy Moore allegations, poll finds CBS News: Poll: Alabama Republicans say allegations against Roy Moore false Detroit Free Press: U.S. Rep. Sander Levin: Thank you for the … Continue reading

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What we have come to expect and accept of President Trump

Because we have no expectation that President Trump will tell the truth, we have more or less stopped expecting the truth, which may have been his goal from the beginning. Earlier today, when asked about former White House National Security Advisor … Continue reading

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Hell of a way to say thank you. New York Giants bench Eli Manning

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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – Riddle Films

The Canadian Broadcasting Company will be airing “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” on December 7th at 9:00 p.m. The film was produced by my friend Liam Romalis and his colleagues at Riddle Films in Toronto. I’m not sure where and … Continue reading

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Headlines

New York Times: Emails dispute White House claims that Flynn acted independently on Russia Washington Post: ‘I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn’: Trump goes on tweetstorm about the FBI Los Angeles Times: GOP tax bill is latest example of Senate … Continue reading

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Charles Mingus – “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (1963)

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Headlines

New York Times: Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and will cooperate with Russia inquiry Washington Post: Mueller’s swift moves signal mounting legal peril for the White House Los Angeles Times: After last-minute compromises, Senate leaders say … Continue reading

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Nothing says the holidays like the Border Brass’ Tijuana Christmas

It’s December, so it is officially okay to start playing Christmas music. This album was around the house when I was growing up. It was clearly an attempt to ride the whole Herb Alpert thing.  It is neither good music … Continue reading

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Production values be damned, I don’t have a penis

Dana Nessel is running to become Michigan’s attorney general. Taking full advantage of the current climate she had put together this clever little political ad. In truth, not having a penis may be the best reason to vote for someone, at … Continue reading

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Jimmy Kimmel was on fire last night, accepts Roy Moore invitation to fight

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Tweet of the Day

Lindsey Graham on CNN:“U know what concerns me abt the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of KOOK NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT” Graham labeling Trump on Fox on 2/17/16: “I think … Continue reading

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This Day in Music: November 30, 1982 – Michael Jackson releases Thriller worldwide

Thriller was Michael Jackson’s sixth solo studio album. It would become the best-selling record album in history.

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Campaign News

The Hill: Bannon-linked group to make six-figure ad buy for Moore in Alabama Washington Post: After sex revelations, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas says he will retire from House seat CNN Politics: Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks: Roy Moore accuser forged … Continue reading

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Jim Nabors – dead at 87

Jim Nabors is best known for his role as a goofy Marine recruit in the mid-late 1960s sitcom Gomer Pyle USMC. It was a character developed for The Andy Griffith Show in the early ’60s. Nabors/Gomer also had an impressive … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Al Franken. And I really liked you

Democrats apologize. Republicans deny. And that really sucks, but Al Franken still seems to have a problem when it comes to treating women with respect. As we try to convince voters that the behaviour of people like Donald Trump and … Continue reading

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Headlines

New York Times: NBC fires Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct allegation CNN:  White House defends anti-Muslim Trump tweets, says it doesn’t matter if videos are real The Hill:  Mueller delays Flynn associate’s testimony amid plea deal rumors New York Times: … Continue reading

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It’s all good for Roy Moore

Another example of strange politics: Roy Moore is being helped by the spread of sexual harassment allegations. Few cases are as bad as Moore’s yet daily widening scandals are contributing to oft-heard, classic voter cynicism–‘they all do it’. Not true … Continue reading

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