iOS app Android app

Barry Levinson
GET UPDATES FROM Barry Levinson

Entries by Barry Levinson

The Israeli-Palestinian War: Which Channel to Watch?

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:41 PM

We have all seen the deaths in Gaza. We are appalled. Terrible violence. We see it. There is outrage. Rightly so, we want it stopped. And when it stops? We change the channel and go on to find something else to watch... that drama is over as far as we...

Read Post

Our Roman Circus

(11) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Not too long ago in our recent past there used to be television shows -- entertainment, we called it -- and we also had the news. More serious, not worthy of high ratings -- informative, you might say. Now we have entertaining news, not entertainment news like Entertainment Tonight, but...

Read Post

The Economics of Abbott and Costello, Part II

(70) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Apparently in many parts of the country, the minimum wage is below the poverty line, so in essence you can be employed, working over 40 hours a week, and still be unable to provide a for a family of three. I found this fact perplexing, so I thought I needed...

Read Post

The United States of America, Incorporated

(20) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Now that the Supreme Court has decided that elections can be played with by the high rollers, it's time to admit that anything that we value can be bought for the right price. It's time for a change of name as well: The United States of America, Incorporated. It has...

Read Post

Finally, a Gun Law That Makes No Sense

(91) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:18 PM

I am not sure when the age of sanity actually began, but it is in full bloom now. The recent gun measure about to be signed in Georgia says it all. The new law allows for guns to be carried into bars, schools, and airports. I know this nation loves...

Read Post

Death of the Dream

(507) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 5:54 PM

With the recent calamity of the Government Shutdown and the looming debt ceiling fight, one thing has become crystal clear: we are witnessing the Death of the American Dream.

In the past we believed all things were possible, there was absolutely nothing that Americans couldn't accomplish. In the '60s, President...

Read Post

Trayvon Martin: quand le procès de George Zimmerman rencontre la fiction

(14) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 2:37 PM

TRAYVON MARTIN - Mark Twain a écrit: "La seule différence entre la réalité et la fiction, c'est que la fiction doit être crédible". Un commentaire très pertinent qui pourrait facilement s'appliquer à l'issue récente du procès de George Zimmerman à la suite du meurtre de Trayvon Martin.

Le verdict a...

Read Post

George Zimmerman vs. Fiction

(1746) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Mark Twain once wrote, "The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible." That insightful comment would certainly apply to the recent George Zimmerman trial.

There are a number of television shows that have used the "ripped from today's headlines" concept, but if this trial's...

Read Post

Same-Sex Marriage -- Things Change

(113) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 10:35 AM

As the same-sex marriage debate plays out in the Supreme Court, a few thoughts on religion came to mind. There are those who say such an act is contrary to religious beliefs. And I can't argue that point, I'm not a theologian, but don't religious beliefs and practices continue to...

Read Post

What's in a Name?

(60) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:32 PM

In a departure from the heavy political noise of the day I decided to turn my attention to the little known bubbling dissatisfaction over the Washington Redskins. Not their poor play of late -- they may never get better again -- but the name itself. Judges in Washington are

Read Post

Grover and the Bathtub

(217) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I spoke with Dr. R.H Flutes again, who heads up the Lying Institute of America. For those not familiar with the good doctor, he has schooled hundreds of politicians both on the local and the national level to help them refine their lying skills. Paul Ryan got a personal gold...

Read Post

Reality Congress -- Future Ratings Hit

(24) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 4:58 PM

It came to me like a bolt of lightning. A eureka moment. I was watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and reading about sequestration at the same time when this amazing idea came into my head. How to fix a broken Congress, solve our debt issues, and have some...

Read Post

Plus-Size Socialism

(332) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 4:11 PM

As the Republican Party continues to harp on the socialist leanings of President Obama, maybe we need to turn our sights to other areas of socialist policies in this nation that no one openly talks about. Clothing, for example. I am a 34-inch waist man, with a 30 in. length...

Read Post

The Age of Insanity - Part 3, Another Report From the Lying Institute of America

(97) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:55 PM

"A debate is where truth goes to die."

That was the first line out of the mouth of Dr. R.H. Flutes, head of the Lying Institute of America. Following the first debate between Romney and Obama, I decided to visit him once again. He went on to...

Read Post

The Age of Insanity - Part 2, Paul Ryan

(188) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:44 PM

As the age of insanity rolls along, lying has reached a new level in political activism. Apparently, you can lie freely now. Lying is allowed. On any subject. And there is no shame to the lie. So I decided to talk to Dr. R.H. Flutes, head of the Lying Institute...

Read Post

The Age of Insanity - Part 1, Trump

(164) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:18 PM

We have entered the age of insanity. It's here. Upon us. Full blown. Many decades in the past were referred to in such colorful terms as the "gay '90s" -- that was the 1890s, to clarify, not a parade of 90-year-old gay people. The 1920s was coined as the "Roaring...

Read Post

American Fireworks

(81) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 2:18 PM

We have a real problem with taxation in this country. We don't want it. It's in our DNA. We went to war with England over it. The English felt we should contribute to their war chest, having fought to protect the colonies in the French and Indian War. England footed...

Read Post

Don't Know Much About Oil

(183) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:16 PM

I don't know much about the business world, I don't know much about economics. So you'll have to take what I say with a grain of salt. It's more about what I don't know than what I do know.

Here's my question: why does the gasoline price at the...

Read Post

The Economics of Abbott and Costello

(214) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 6:37 AM

Unemployment as reported is at 9 percent. But it's actually more than 16 percent. Some smart statistician came up with a distinction. A slight of hand to make the unemployment number tolerable rather than frightening. The concept was simple: 9 percent are unemployed and are actively...

Read Post

The Loyalty Oath Business

(327) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Grover Norquist is an old fashioned name. Sounds like something from Our Town by Thornton Wilder. But don't be mistaken. There's nothing old fashioned about Grover Norquist. He's a very modern man. In a time of a recession when jobs are hard to come by, Grover has invented a job...

Read Post