November 26, 2015
Start your Friday with me on MSNBC during the 8AM Eastern hour. After your Thanksgiving meal arguments, I'll serve up some leftovers.
November 25, 2015
It's Turkey Day on MSNBC at 5:15 AM Eastern, featuring who else but me. Make of that what you want.
November 23, 2015
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BY BOB FRANKEN
What’s most pathetic about the presidential campaign is how it’s becoming little more than a battle between cheap-shot artists. Each day brings a new limbo contest, as they all compete to see how low they can go. Take, for instance, the ridiculous heckling by various Republicans because President Barack Obama and other Democrats don’t want to describe the brutal ISIS terrorists as manifestations of “radical Islam.”
The administration avoids the term because it casts the United States as an enemy of Muslims, which we make believe we are not. Many of the GOP candidates don’t even bother pretending. Donald Trump would shut down mosques and force Muslims to register; many of the others would block refugees fleeing the horrors in Syria from settling in the U.S., except maybe the Christian ones, a religious test that is particularly repulsive. After all, wasn’t our nation founded by those who were fleeing oppression and persecution? But here are our aspiring leaders, slamming the door.
Back to the term “radical Islam.” Logically, if we’re going to use that expression to cast aspersions on all people of that faith simply for the maniacal actions of its extremists, then we need to be consistent. For example: Should the Ku Klux Klan be cast as an example of “radical Christianity”? How about the bloody war in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics? Are those who practice violence against abortion clinics part of the “radical Catholicism” movement? How about those who insist on defying world condemnation to expand settlements in Israel? “Radical Judaism”?
November 18, 2015
I'm back to my Thursday dawn political commentary on MSNBC at 5:15 Eastern. I'll be doing my limbo act, is in "how low can you go?"