Guns, Gosar, Violence and Economics: War Only Enriches Gunsmiths
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   November 30, 2021

The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has galvanized the country, splitting already “warring factions” into something far more dramatic. The travesty of that trial began with the systematic exclusion of Black jurors and was further amplified by a clearly biased and incompetent judge: he openly fought with the prosecution in front of the jury, denied them […]

Charles Blow is Right! Today’s “Paul Revere Moment”
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   November 2, 2021

Many of you are probably familiar with one or more editorials crafted by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow. While not as uniformly progressive as some would like, and never a doctrinaire conservative, he usually strikes a tone of being thoughtful, reasonable, and everything but alarmist. Hence, his column from October 17 stands out […]

 

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By Jerry B. Brown   |   October 19, 2021

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   October 12, 2021

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   October 5, 2021

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“Intimidation Politics” Quo Vadis?
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   September 28, 2021

Credit for today’s headline goes to MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes who used the phrase a couple of weeks ago on his nightly broadcast to describe the threat Kevin McCarthy leveled at the business community that week. In case you missed it, McCarthy as the Minority Leader in the House proclaimed that the Republican party, as […]

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   September 21, 2021

The latest August 2021 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identifies methane as one of the worst greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. This IPCC report is one of many signs that climate change is accelerating, and already producing considerably graver impacts than has been forecasted by all the leading scientific consensus […]

What’s With Toyota??? Corporate Responsibility is Not Optional
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The “Sedition Caucus” is defined as those members of the House of Representatives who, after the January 6 insurrection was brought to a halt, voted to stop counting Electoral College votes in the hopes of overturning the 2020 presidential election. Counting these Electoral Ballots is the final legal act prior to initiating the “Peaceful Transfer […]

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   July 8, 2021

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   July 1, 2021

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Cruise ships are lined up and ready to sail… maybe. Yes, last week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance that permits cruise ships to sail from U.S. ports provided that at least 95% of guests and 98% of crew have been vaccinated. This drops the requirement for test voyages without […]

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   June 3, 2021

This column is sort of an “apology” to President Joe Biden. I became a bit critical of President Biden last Wednesday, June 19 as the shelling in the Middle East continued unabated. I spoke to Congressman Salud Carbajal to express my frustration that Biden, who had been doing fairly well in my view up until […]

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