Hillary Clinton – A Democratic Trailblazer for President

Hillary Clinton – A Democratic Trailblazer for President February 1, 2016 I first met Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire immediately after the last debate before the 1992 primary.  I remember listening to her as she spoke to a circle of mostly young women captivated by this new political trailblazer.  Nearly two generations later, she is…

Buddy Cianci, Architect of Providence’s Rebirth (1941-2016)

Great big city mayors stand out because of they are devoted to their city as if it were their bride and wear their love for their city on their sleeves.  William Donald Schaefer in Baltimore or Ed Koch in New York for example.  While they are not necessarily a dying breed as evidenced by 44-year…

GOP Contenders and Mexico: Amateur Hour at the Rio Grande

GOP Contenders and Mexico: Amateur Hour at the Rio Grande December 31, 2015 Diplomacy is a craft that requires knowledge of both historical forces that define our relationships with other nations and an understanding of the dynamic forces impacting a nation in the present. A diplomat’s world view cannot be tied to the past when…

DNC Must Heed Warning Bells From 2000

DNC Must Heed Warning Bells From 2000 December 29, 2015 Fifteen years ago, the Democrats’ heir apparent sought to succeed a termed out president, but was faced with a challenge on the left from a popular senator and persistent net negative approval ratings. Sound familiar? Despite the many similarities between the current race and 2000,…

Iowa Hit with Blizzard of Stupidity

Iowa Hit with Blizzard of Stupidity Donald Trump, giving his usual non-substantive speech about how “winning” he is, actually said that he could stand on 5th Avenue and shoot people and not lose voters. The sad reality is, however, that he might be right which explains the sad insanity that is the current GOP Primaries….

Getting Away With Murder

One year after Charlie Hebdo, we must remember that cruel attack but also remember that not only the many journalist that were killed elsewhere as well but the fact that in many of the countries there is little consequence for doing so.   Source: Getting Away With Murder

Murder of Mexican Mayor Highlights Culture of Impunity

The Murder of Temixco Mayor Gisela Mota Ocampo, who was part of the left-leaning Democratic Revolutionary Party that had vowed to “combat organized crime frontally and directly”,a day after taking office has shown a glaring spotlight on the culture of impunity that is taken root in Mexico. As reported by the Los Angeles Times: On Sunday,…

Feb Primary Polls – 28 Days to Iowa

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are safely in front in three of the four February contests. Clinton is neck and neck with Sanders in New Hampshire, while Trump and Senator Cruz are tied in Iowa.

Year in Review

2015: Year in Review Below are links to my columns/posts this year. Jan-Mar Hats Off to Frederick News-Post for Kirby Delauter Editorial BGK Blog (Jan. 6) The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi Huffington Post (Jan. 24) One Story: 70th Anniversary of the Dresden Bombings YouTube (Feb. 14) The DC Marijuana Battle: It’s About More Than Weed…

Japan-Korea Reach Settlement Over “Comfort Women”

Japan-Korea Reach Settlement Over “Comfort Women” In 2014, I wrote post entitled Mayer Brown & Platt and Whitewashing Japanese War Crimes about a highly questionable lawsuit challenging the City of Glendale, California’s decision to erect a monument to the Korean comfort women who were forced to serve as prostitutes by the Japanese military during World War II….

Its Time to Kick Trump in the Rump

WHEREAS . . . In 1981, Republican Senator Barry Goldwater responded to Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell’s statement that “every good Christian should be concerned” about Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination for the Supreme Court by stating Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell’s ass.* WHEREAS . . . Donald John Trump has made numerous…

Kelley Gram Fall 2015:The United Bullets of America

KELLEYGRAM – Fall 2015 The United Bullets of America December 7, 2015 As someone who knows survivors of the Tucson and Isla Verde massacres and lives blocks away from the Santa Monica massacre, I felt compelled to speak out over the horror that repeats itself weekly in America.  Below are two columns – Bringing an…

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings December 5, 2015 Dear Distraught Citizens of [blank], I was deeply saddened to learn of the mass shooting in your fine community. I want you to know that the victims, their families, the brave first responders and, indeed, your entire community are in my thoughts and prayers…

Saudi Arabia Continues Human Rights Crackdown

Saudi Arabia Continues Human Rights Crackdown There were two disturbing reports from Saudi Arabia last week.  The first was that Abdel-Karim al-Khadar, a professor of Islamic Studies and vocal critic of religious extremism and militancy, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and banned from traveling abroad for another 10 years,  on charges of disobeying the…

The Bork Fight – What it Meant and What it Cost

The Bork Fight – What it Meant and What it Cost On October 23, 1987, the U.S. Senate voted 58-42 against confirming Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Democrats David Boren and Ernest Hollings joined 40 Republicans in supporting the D.C. Circuit Court Judge’s nomination, while Republicans John Chafee, Bob Packwood, Arlen Specter, Robert…

Ken Mason’s CrowdRise Campaign

I have known Ken Mason for nearly twenty years and my wife Wanda has known him even longer.  He is a dear friend and was the “Dogfather” or Godfather for our late dog Poggibonsi An avid runner, last week Ken was training for this weekend’s Long Beach Marathon when he was hit by a car….