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Famous People Who Have Known Me: Adam Clayton Powell,Jr.

Anybody want to hear about my encounter with Adam Clayton Powell Jr.? It must have been around 1963. I was a newspaperman in Philadelphia, and Powell, an ultra-flamboyant congressman and minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, was in town for a speaking engagement. Beforehand, he was made available for a press conference, where…

If God Exists, then What the Hell is going on?

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My own, modest opinion is that there is not enough evidence available, pro or con, to determine whether there is a God – at least in the biblical sense. And there probably never will be enough evidence. We can only study the matter by indirection, sort of like looking at an eclipse of the sun…

What if Jackie Robinson had been like Obama?

When Branch Rickey determined to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, he wisely recruited Jackie Robinson, a stellar athlete in multiple sports, who soon established himself as one of the greats of the game, black or white, and went on to easily earn a plaque in the Hall of Fame. He was an…

How about Putin for President of the U.S.?

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I know that there would be difficulties in running Vladimir Putin for president of the United States. To begin with, he wasn’t born in the United States. But that was not an insurmountable obstacle for the incumbent. If Putin, who was born in what was then called Leningrad, were to produce documents indicating that he…

Don’t Worry about Big Brother

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Yes, it’s true that the Obama administration has been intruding more and more into the private lives of our citizens, with electronic surveillance and the like, but don’t blame them. They are just picking up where George W. Bush left off. They don’t really want to impinge on the civil liberties of Americans, but because…