The Man Box: How an Obese, Draft Dodging, Misogynist Became the Masculine Role Model For Men

by Tony Wyman There is a young man I know named Jack who lives in a small town in Ohio. He’s the longtime boyfriend of one of my favorite kids, Morgan, a tiny, perpetually-tanned, explosion of smiles and energy who seems to be one of the happiest people on the planet.  And Jack is a large reason why. Beyond the fact that he’s movie star good-looking, Jack is pretty much everything a young women should look for in a man.  He’s considerate, gentlemanly, protective without being overbearing or controlling, and,…

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Writer’s Lounge 10-31-19, Lt. Col. Vindman, Kseniya Kirillova, Jack Dorsey

photo of a room that has old, comfortable Leather upholstered couches, a fireplace, wood paneled walls, an Irish Whiskey advertisement, a wall mounted television and a vintage coffee table. The photo is dubbed, "Writer's Lounge".

  by Richard Cameron   Thursday Evening Greetings. Are you going to go tricking or treating or planning on a little of both?   What do you know?  What do we know?  What do you want to know?   Well, we can only tell you what we know and since the beginning of the week, it’s a lot. That’s partially because, the hearings on Capitol Hill on the Impeachment inquiry were the building of a foundation, a rock solid one, for the next phase of construction on a body of…

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Republicans Target Iraq War Veteran Alexander Vindman For Character Assassination

video still of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, heading to Congressional meeting room to testify to House Impeachment Inquiry committee.

  by Richard Cameron   For a party that paid so much lip service to caring about the military, veterans and “patriotism”, the GOP sure doesn’t walk the walk. If a dispute involving the rule of law, comes down to an allegiance with men that honorably served their country in combat and leadership roles as versus a coward who evaded military service 5 times and the only thing tough on him is his mouth – they choose the mouth that roared. Today, another distinguished veteran is being targeted by the…

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Trump’s Failing And Feckless “Executive Privilege” Impeachment Strategy

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  by Richard Cameron   Friday closed out yet another turbulent week for the endangered presidency of Donald Trump. The White House counsel’s office, Cabinet agency level attorneys and GOP members of Congress in both houses have been maintaining that the House Impeachment Inquiry is either unlawful, un-Constitutional or lacking in “due process” or all of the above. Trump himself, tweeted, “The Ukraine investigation is just as Corrupt and Fake as all of the other garbage that went on before it.”  On the matter of whether the inquiry / investigation…

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Todd Phillips’ “Joker” Is Something To See, But No Laughing Matter

alley scene from the film "Joker" where the main character Arthur Fleck, is seen lying on the pavement after being brutally beaten by a street gang.

  by Richard Cameron   Joker   This Sunday, my son and I attended a screening of “Joker” at the Theatre Box, part of the Sugar Factory complex in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.  More about them, in a moment. Don’t worry, I’m not taking a 12 year old to an “R” rated film – he’s a grown adult, even if I’m not.    Prior to viewing “Joker”, a film written, directed and produced by Todd Phillips – with Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”, “American Sniper”) as co-producer, and released by…

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Tucker Carlson 2024: How What Follows Trump Becomes Much Worse

by Tony Wyman After two years and almost 10 months of watching Donald Trump humiliate the United States, make a mockery of our institutions and traditions, and treat the rule of law like he treats his porn star girlfriends, you might think this White House is as bad as it can get. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Let’s be honest about Mr. Trump for a bit, shall we?  For all of his braggadocio, his claims of being the richest, the toughest, the best dealmaker, the smartest and wisest man of all…

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Countering Russia’s ‘Ideologies For Export’ Propaganda And Disinformation War

photo of Russian Cargo Freighter, the Alead

by Kseniya Kirillova    Ideologies For Export Western countries have been battling Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns for years. As Russian “information operations” spread around the world, more and more initiatives are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centers that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its…

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Writer’s Lounge Edition 10-19-2019, Elijah Cummings, Rick Perry, Monty Python

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  Writer’s Lounge quote for Saturday, October 19, 2019, classic Orwell, for an Orwellian age: With today’s edition of Writer’s Lounge, we begin with a couple of items that we happened across that resonate against the backdrop of notable events that took place this week. First is the passing on Thursday of Congressman Elijah Cummings, (D-MD). Cummings was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 and his 7th District seat included a large swath of Baltimore and its suburbs. A noted civil rights advocate, he came in for…

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The Kurds – A Force For Moderation And Stability In Syria And Iraq

photo of a Kurdish political rally of thousands waving the flag of Kurdistan.

  by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note: This is an article I wrote in 2014, on a different outlet, as a brief outline of the role Kurdish fighters were playing in the U.S. led coalition’s war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and their development of a firewall against the further spread of Salafist militants. With Donald Trump’s decision to green light Turkey to commence a military campaign against the Kurds in Northern Syria, it seemed like it might be of value at this point, to repost it…

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Blowback: Trump’s Precipitous (And Traitorous) Immature And Premature Syrian Withdrawal

  by Richard Cameron   Hard to say if Donald Trump had any inkling of the reaction he was going to get from his announcement that he intends to leave the Kurds in Northern Syria twisting in the wind, exposed to a vindictive onslaught from Turkey’s military. Whether he did or not, casting caution and common sense and decency to the wind, he’s getting a reaction and most of it is ferocious, especially of note, by customary milquetoast GOP standards. Before we look at that, we should hear from the…

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