#97 – Dick Bernard: Killing a civil society

On the afternoon of November 4, 1995 – it was a Saturday – I was on the way to afternoon Mass at my then-Parish, St. Peter Claver in St. Paul MN.  Nearing the church, an announcement came over the car radio: Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been shot.  I passed the word along to […]

#96 – Dick Bernard: "…above average"?

Likely since Garrison Keillor’s fertile imagination invented Lake Wobegon in the 1970s, he’s had the mantra: “where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above-average.” On has to wonder where those “above average” children end up…. Today’s paper reveals that my local Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, is to be […]

#91 – Dick Bernard: Photo-shoppe

Years ago, in some unremembered periodical, I recall seeing two seemingly identical black and white photos.  Both were of some stern looking Communists during Stalin’s time: all men wearing suits.  The casual observer would have seen no difference in the photos.  But the caption pointed the reader to a particular place in the photo.  In […]

#90 – Dick Bernard: Glenn Beck and the "Mythical marching millions"

Note responses section at end of this post. Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in a clinic waiting room while one of my kids was having an eye appointment. I happened to pick up the latest issue of Time magazine (Sep 17, 09), whose cover story  is the right-wing flamethrower (he and his large following would […]

#85 – Dick Bernard: A gathering of the news community

Overnight I had a vivid dream, which usually means something has been on my mind. This one was in a large room, filled with many people, many “mad as hell” about the descent of their local newspaper into (they felt) irrelevance.  In my case, the dream was about the newspaper we subscribe to and read […]