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09-15-16 Biggest Challenge is Credit Card Debt

09-15-16 Biggest Challenge is Credit Card Debt

Ray Hanania's Column Commentary Podcast, Sept. 15, 2016.

Ray Hanania's columns are available in print, online and audio podcast format.

The nation’s biggest challenge, credit card debt

Sept. 15, 2016

By Ray Hanania

I remember the JFK assassination. I remember the 9/11 terrorism. And, I remember the very first time I used a credit card. How many people remember that?

The Vietnam War ended and I had been transferred to an Air National Guard base in Peoria. 

When I got home to Burbank, I borrowed my mom’s car to drive to Peoria. She gave me a plastic card and she explained I could use it to get gasoline from Shell.

Wow, how the world changed since I left to join the fight against the Commie-bastards!

The tank was filled and I jumped in without thinking, pretty much the same way we got into the Vietnam War, and later the Iraq War. I drove to Peoria. On the way back, I passed a Shell Station outside of Pontiac. ...

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09-08-16 Laboring through Labor Day Podcast

09-08-16 Laboring through Labor Day Podcast

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, Sept. 8, 2016. 

Laboring through Labor Day

Sept.8, 2016

ByRay Hanania

TheLabor Day weekend usually marks a special point in our lives when children go back to school, the weather shifts from swelter to soothing, and we’re reminded politics really has no season and is here with us every day.

It’s supposed to be the start of something new, but honestly, it’s become a familiar blur.

Things may not change in politics but they have changed in how we act. These days, the kids start going back to school in the middle of August and it continues pastLabor Day, depending on where you live.

I don’t know why but I figure it has to do with money. Sadly, that’s what most educators really care about. It ain’t the kids (my illiterate protest). ...

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09-02-16 Mohammed Dajani Daoudi on the Holocaust, Normalization & Palestinian peace

09-02-16 Mohammed Dajani Daoudi on the Holocaust, Normalization & Palestinian peace

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, Sept. 2, 2016. 

Ray Hanania interviews former Al-Quds Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi who was forced out of his position in June 2014 after taking 27 of his students to an educational visit to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland. Professor Dajani is a leading advocate of normalization with Israel as a means of achieving peace and establishing a Palestinian state. We talk about the Holocaust and why some Palestinians reject it, the extremist movement that rejects normalization with Israel and how we can achieve peace through reconciliation in this 50 minute interview.

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09-01-16 Opinion: Term Limits limit voters’ rights

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, Sept. 1 2016 

Columnist and Op-Ed writer Ray Hanania discusses the proposal by by Illinois' failed Governor, Bruce Rauner, to impose term limits so he can unseat his political opponents. Term Limits are for losers and no one is a bigge rloser in Illinois than Gov. Rauner

Term Limits limit the rights of voters. The column appeared in the Southwest News Newspaper Group (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers.

Term limitsdeny voters their rights

By Ray Hanania 

Every time a failedpolitician or a failed group of activists don’t get their way, they stamp theirfeet and whine like little babies that they want to impose “term limits.”

“Term limits”basically takes away the right of each individual voter to choose theirgovernment representatives at the ballot box through voting.

Why wouldanyone do that? Because many times, voters really like some politicians andreturn them to office over, and over and over again. That upsets the losers whoget so frustrated because they can’t seem to get enough votes to win anything.

If they justhad “term limits,” losers might be elected to office. In our system ofDemocracy where voters decide their destiny and representation, “term limits”is a strategy for losers. ...

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08-25-16 It’s the News Media, Stupid

It's the News Media, Stupid!

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, August 25, 2016 explores the hypocrisy of the news media in covering Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, and how the media downplays a tragedy in Louisiana, compared to the tragedy in New Orleans 11 years before, in order to make anti-Trump attacks. It's the News Media, Stupid!

Playing golf or politics with people’s suffering

By Ray Hanania

The flood damage in Louisiana is considered one of the worst American natural disasters since Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

More than 40,000 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed by the flooding and thousands have been made homeless. 

It also may be the worst example of politically motivate media bias since Katrina, too. And the timing is ironic:  Katrina slammed nearby New Orleans 11 years ago this month.

The Louisiana floods began on Friday August 12. By Thursday August 18, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew to Baton Rouge to tour the flood ravaged region and asked out loud the question no one in the media wanted to ask: Why isn’t President Obama in Louisiana showing support?

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08-18-16 Are the Olympics fair?

Ray Hanania's column/commentary podcast. August 18, 2016

Originally published in the Southwest News Newspaper group (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News Herald, The Regional News, the Palos Reporter newspapers)

Are the Olympics fair? A look at the disparity of the various nations, from the rich to the poor, and how that directly impacts the competing athletes

By Ray Hanania

I know that the Olympics are probably as political as a Chicago election. It’s not just about talent. It’s about who you know that gets athletes onto Team USA.

It’s even worse in other countries.

But I have a higher conscience that I just can’t abandon.

This year, 205 nations sent athletes to the Olympics. But the battle for Gold comes down to a handful, the richest, the most powerful and the most influential: The United States. Russia, China, Great Britain. Canada, France, and most of the European countries and a few of the Asian countries, including Japan.

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08-15-16 Tyrant on FX is most racist TV Series

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, August 15, 2016 explores the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hatred reflected in the racist TV series on FX, Tyrant.

The FX series Tyrant is the most racist, hate-filled series ever broadcast on American TV, and that is quite an achievement. Produced and written by Israeli producer Howard Gordon and writer Gideon Raff, the series exploits the worst stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims to sell garbage.

Read my column on the topic by clicking here.

Opinion. Commentary. Racist TV. Television. Tyrant. Ashraf Barhoum.

08-11-16 Clinton or Trump? Yikes!

Is it Trump or Clinton? Yikes! Ray Hanania's column & commentary and audio podcast, also available at August 11, 2016 explores the difficult choice Americans have in the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

By Ray Hanania

How do you sort through the turmoil of this presidential election, the worst we have seen in generations?

Will it be Donald Trump, the popular celebrity TV businessman with the offensive rhetoric, or Hillary Clinton, the veteran politician who distorts her record from Benghazi, her emails to the war in Iraq?

It’s an ugly choice but we can’t waste a vote on a 3rd party.

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Ray Hanania writes each week for several newspapers and publications both online and in print on issues involving American politics, American life, and also issues of the Middle East. You can visit his websites for more information on each:



08-04-16 Change not always good, Politics & the Marcus Theaters

Ray Hanania's weekly column commentary podcast explores the issue of change in politics and in everyday life.

August 4, 2016. Change is not always good.

Sometimes too much “change” is not good

By Ray Hanania

Southwest News Group newspaper (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional Newspaper, The Reporter Newspaper)

Everyone is talking about “change” these days.

It’s one reason why so many people are willing to take a risk withnon-politician Donald Trump over insider establishment politician Hillary Clinton.

It’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican. It is about “change.”Despite his sometimes off-the-wall rhetoric, Donald Trump represents change.Hillary Clinton does not.

Sometimes, though, “change” can be too much.

Last week, I went to the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park to watch thepremiere of the movie “Jason Bourne.” There have been five in the Bourneseries, far less than records set by Star Trek (around 13 including the latest,“Star Trek Beyond”) or James Bond (around 24 with the latest being “Spectre”).

But it wasn’t the movie choice that made me think of “change” becausemost movie series and remakes like Jason Bourne, Star Trek and James Bond relyheavily on fundamental expectations that can’t change, although they oftenchange the stars for younger actors. ...

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07-28-16 Ray Hanania Podcast Column, Law and order today and 50 years ago

07-28-16 Ray Hanania Podcast Column, Law and order today and 50 years ago

Ray Hanania's weekly column commentary podcast explores the continuing violence between Police and African Americans. Is this a new phenomena or is it an old one.

“Law and order” today and 50 years ago

By Ray Hanania

When we look at the terrible rise in violence between police and mainly the African American community, we think this is a new phenomena.

But it’s not.

I was listening to an audio book by author Gabriel Sherman called “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” a detailed look at the rise of Roger Ailes, the unscrupulous political activist who built the equally unscrupulous Fox News Cable Network only to be forced out recently in an unscrupulous sex scandal.

And they say there is no justice!

The book describes how Ailes helped candidate Richard Nixon overcome his broadcast problems to win the 1968 presidential election.

In preparingNixon for TV, Ailes arranged for panels to ask questions. One panel included journalist Warner Saunders, a rising African American anchor at WMAQ TV who I met while covering Chicago City Hall in the late1970s. He retired in 2009.

Saunders askedNixon a question that could have been asked today. ... Click to read more.