‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea,’ you’re not going to believe what Trump told Hannity about declassifying the documents he stole

Commentary Does Trump also think he can declassify government documents by “plunking his magic twanger” like Froggy the Gremlin? Some of you are old enough to remember gossip columnist and radio/TV host Walter Winchell’s signature opening: ‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea’ Today I saw a news clip that’sContinue reading “‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea,’ you’re not going to believe what Trump told Hannity about declassifying the documents he stole”

My visit to Poland revealed there is still antisemitism there; my return to Florida revealed there is still antisemitism here

Commentary A version of this story appeared as an Op-ed in the September 21 edition of The Palm Beach Post I recently returned from a trip to Poland where I spent time with my 38-year-old friend, I’ll call her ‘K,’ and her 12-year old daughter, ‘S.’ I met K six years ago. When K wasContinue reading “My visit to Poland revealed there is still antisemitism there; my return to Florida revealed there is still antisemitism here”

The First Amendment and what we can learn from the 1918 Bolshevik Constitution

Commentary As Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham and other GOP leaders use their First Amendment rights to predict (and incite) riots in the streets, is it time to re-look the idea of Freedom of Speech? The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting theContinue reading “The First Amendment and what we can learn from the 1918 Bolshevik Constitution”

Cruising the Baltic: You say Baltic, they say Nordic, let’s call the whole place great!

Commentary Three little former Soviet Socialist “Republics” and one large, but sparsely populated country have never been so significant. Now where was I…until my trip posting was rudely interrupted by “Judge” Aileen M. Cannon and her Special Master ruling, one of the most criticized rulings since, well, since”Justice” Samuel Alito’s majority opinion overturning Roe v.Continue reading “Cruising the Baltic: You say Baltic, they say Nordic, let’s call the whole place great!”

“Once you have the courts you can pretty much do whatever you want.”

Commentary Is the Trump-appointed federal district judge’s ruling calling for a “special master” while simultaneously directing the Department of Justice to stop any further investigation of Trump’s absconding with classified documents “proof of the [offal] pudding? (Note: Around the Block’s coverage of my Baltic cruise followed by an incredible stay in Krakow, Poland will continueContinue reading ““Once you have the courts you can pretty much do whatever you want.””

Cruising the Baltic: As the home to Poland’s Solidarity movement, (Solidarność), Gdańsk may well be one of the most consequential cities of the 20th Century

Commentary Honoring Solidarity is the reason to visit Gdańsk; the city’s restored Stare Miasto (Old Town) is the “Icing on the cake!” Although I’ve traveled to Poland many times, I’d never been to Gdańsk, Poland’s Baltic Sea port in the north of the country. Home to Poland’s shipyards, the city is most famous as theContinue reading “Cruising the Baltic: As the home to Poland’s Solidarity movement, (Solidarność), Gdańsk may well be one of the most consequential cities of the 20th Century”

Around the Block is cruising the Baltics this week

Commentary And then on to Krakow, Poland Sharon and I are cruising the Baltic sea for the next week. The cruise started in Copenhagen with port calls in Karlskroner, Sweden, Gdansk, Poland, Klaipeda, Lithuania (only about 50kms from the Russian Oblast known as Kaliningrad), Riga, Latvia, Tallinn, Estonia, Helsinki and Stockholm. From Stockholm we’ll flyContinue reading “Around the Block is cruising the Baltics this week”

FBI+Mar-a-Lago puts Palm Beach County at the epicenter of the news cycle…

New with a Twist/Commentary …and The Palm Beach Post hasn’t had so much prominence since, well, “hanging chads.” Since last week’s FBI “raid” (“Trumpworld”word, not mine) on the former president’s home/country club/winter White House/top-secret storage facility, Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach County has become news of the day ground zero as evidenced by these recent Page OneContinue reading “FBI+Mar-a-Lago puts Palm Beach County at the epicenter of the news cycle…”

Watch out! The GOP ‘clown car’ is coming to a neighborhood near you.

Commentary It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t yield. It runs red lights (especially deep red ones). It’s a hazard to your well-being. It’s a menace to truth, justice and the American way. Note: I started writing this story a week ago. I had held off posting it so it could be edited for better comprehension andContinue reading “Watch out! The GOP ‘clown car’ is coming to a neighborhood near you.”

Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law

Commentary Voter suppression then, voter suppression now; will we ever learn? In a recent Around the Block, I suggested that every once in a while I’d take a look back at archived columns that might still have some relevance today. As I said, “I’ve been writing Around the Block on and off since 2012. A lot hasContinue reading “Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law”