About the author

George Schwarz

I am a retired journalist (do we ever really retire?) who likes to comment on a wide range of topics and throw shade on both sides of the aisle. I am an avowed progressive with a sharp tongue. I don’t mind if I make you angry as long as I make you think.









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Editor's note: We have removed the editorial cartoon that accompanied this blog post because our ethics board felt that it violated our community submissions policy and is likely a copyright violation. We appreciate the blogger’s understanding of our concern and review Read more

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Last night, The Washington Post’s Rachael Bade looked at the standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the progressive Democrats over impeaching Donald Trump. Bade pointed out that the momentum for impeachment has stalled out because Pelosi quashed it and that members of her caucus are… Read more

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If I had any doubts about posting an open letter to Greg Abbott, his tweet this morning erased those doubts. He posted something that is, essentially, saying Texas isn't part of the United States. It borders on treason. Here's what he tweeted, "Texas tells Nancy Pelosi & her Congressiona… Read more

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One would have to be far off the grid to be unaware of the despicable behavior of students of the all-male Covington Catholic High School at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday. A video gone viral showed teenage boys, later identified as students of the school in Kentucky, w… Read more

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I joined AARP some 23 years ago, when it was still the American Association of Retired Persons. And I spent about 15 those years believing, through blind faith and my motel discounts, that the organization represented my interests and the interests of others above age 50. Read more

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Words have meaning and leadership influences followers. Just like the head of a company who sets up the corporate culture, so too does a political leader for his or her followers and for the entire constituency. Read more

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A woman who I deeply respect as a dear friend and journalism colleague has chastised me for labeling as enemies Trump and those supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Her rebuke — as mild and as kind as it was — forced me to think about why I’… Read more

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My long time followers dating back to my days running my own investigative weekly newspaper in Amarillo know not only that I predicted what we’re seeing with the Trump “presidency” and the Republican-controlled Congress. In short, my views of the Republican Party evolved from seeing it as an… Read more

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The Texas State Board of Education has, once again, made a mockery of itself by when it cast preliminary votes to eliminate the contributions to our nation by Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton. The claim was these changes were to "streamline" the curricula. That, of course, is bogus — an inst… Read more

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The New York Times has dropped an unprecedented bomb on the United States public with its publication of an anonymous Op-Ed piece attributed to a senior official in the Trump administration. The rationale for the anonymity is to protect the official’s position in the administration while inf… Read more

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Sen. John McCain’s death from brain cancer last week will, as others pointed out, change the nature of the United States Senate. His was one of the few voices in the Republican Party to openly oppose and criticize the illegitimate president, Donald Trump. After all, what the late senator end… Read more

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It didn’t take long for Michael Cloud to show his true colors. Like almost every Republican, he was sworn in and immediately went to the United States House of Representatives Republican Cloakroom to have his spine removed. And, what little is left of his intellectual honesty cratered when h… Read more

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 Mark Twain and Rick Steves, the latter a major travel writer and entrepreneur emphasizing European travel, agree that travel out of country broadens one’s horizons. And this late in life, I find that to be true. We’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Ireland, our second in less than two years. As with the previous one in 2016, I learned a great deal and observed how the Irish (and others in Europe) do things better. They are things from which we can learn. Read more

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Revelations about the right wing, the Trump administration, the Republican Party and the right-wing echo chamber keep flowing over us like a ruptured sewerage pipe pouring into our democratic republic. Here are a few examples of what feces that sewerage contains. Read more