Phil Richardson: It was the week that wasn’t

Phil Richardson: It was the week that wasn’t

By Phil Richardson President Trump was backed by two Republican Senators, David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas in denying Trump used that hyphenated obscenity when referring to African countries and Haiti in front of a room full of Senators, Representatives and reporters. I heard it quite clearly several times over my TV […]

Phil Richardson: North Korea is a welcomed surprise at the Winter Olympics

Phil Richardson: North Korea is a welcomed surprise at the Winter Olympics

By Phil Richardson Instead of more bellicose language, a totally unexpected proposal from Kim Jong Un, the maximum leader of North Korea, that the country that he absolutely controls could be a participant in the forthcoming Winter Olympic games on the Korean peninsula, pitting North Korean athletes against those from 90 other participating nations, is […]

Phil Richardson: The Donald’s creative destruction deconstructed

Phil Richardson: The Donald’s creative destruction deconstructed

By Phil Richardson It’s the title of one of the most compelling books I’ve read lately. Ilana Mercer is the author. We’ve read bits from her columns, but never expected this: a complete guide for the perpetually perplexed about what’s with the Trump Republican administration. If you are into pondering, get the book and prepare […]

Phil Richardson: ‘Darkest Hour’

Phil Richardson: ‘Darkest Hour’

By Phil Richardson It’s a film set in England, in the spring of 1940, about the days following the British valiant rescue of her tattered forces off the beaches of France, as portrayed in “Dunkirk,” an excellent film that opened some weeks ago. Winston Churchill had become Prime Minister and many among all British classes were […]

Phil Richardson: “Fake news”

Phil Richardson: “Fake news”

By Phil Richardson The Sunday newspaper has a special section that we seek out every week. The Arizona Daily Star declares it “Not Real News,” and then in larger font “A LOOK AT WHAT DID, DIDN’T ACTUALLY HAPPEN THIS WEEK.” Here is one example of fake news published on the Internet last month. “Slaughterhouse Employee […]

Phil Richardson: The National Debt or Parable of the Great Taxation

Phil Richardson: The National Debt or Parable of the Great Taxation

By Phil Richardson With the “gift-giving” season already upon us, none among we voracious consumers wishes to look at our credit card balance, let alone read a lecture about what we as taxpayers are expected to soon contribute to the many divisions of something called “government.” This week, I offer up an ancient edict that […]

Phil Richardson: Joe Biden

Phil Richardson: Joe Biden

By Phil Richardson I’m sorry that the son of the 47th Vice President of the United States died of brain cancer and the accumulative effects of that and the earlier loss of Biden’s first wife and daughter in an auto accident, prevented him from entering the 2016 presidential race. He would have won his party’s […]

Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

By Phil Richardson DEAR READER: This is a letter. Everything in it was inspired by an advertisement in the September 2017 Issue of the Atlantic Magazine. It took me over two months to write it, due to the immense amount of subject matter. My hope is that you will be inspired to do more than […]

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

By Phil Richardson In terms of pain-killing effectiveness and addictive power, according to Patrick Radden Keefe, writing in the October 30, 2017 issue of The New Yorker magazine, “Since 1999, two-hundred-thousand Americans have died from overdoses related to Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers. The best seller is the most effective: Oxycontin, a compound perfected by […]

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

By Phil Richardson The only thing I can use when I try to compare the curtain raiser on the investigation of wrongdoing by persons during the most recent presidential election campaign to anything else in my experience, would be the takeoff of a Titan ICBM from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base. There […]

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