Author: John Grula

Bombastic words and deeds do little to promote peace between North and South Korea

Just when you think he might have better things to do, like address the problem of global climate change, our Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump has become immersed in a verbal food fight with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Their juvenile histrionics notwithstanding, the escalating war of words could well lead to real war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, and that would be no joke. While the heated rhetoric has cooled down in recent days, we can only hope that more rational discourse will take its place. But that’s always an iffy proposition when it comes to Trump.    Meanwhile, the...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s ‘Coach Wooden and Me’ illustrates the love the two men SHARED

Though best known for his basketball exploits, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a political and social radical. For example, he refused to join the 1968 US Olympic basketball team and also resisted being drafted into the US military during the Vietnam War. The reasons were his strong opposition to the war and deep concerns about the racial strife and ongoing racism in America. For these stands he caught hell. But as a man of solid convictions, he stood his ground.  Although raised Catholic, and originally christened Lew Alcindor, around 1970 he converted to orthodox Islam and changed his name to Kareem...

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