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Stories by Steven Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.

Freedom of speech for me, not thee: tyrannies of social media censorship

WASHINGTON: The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president proved the power of social media. No, not in the way Russians formed silly and ineffective Facebook groups in opposition to Hillary Clinton. Rather, it was what the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) discovered.  In a study conducted shortly after Trump’s victory. CJR found it was average ...

Russia claims it was a hoax, fuels moon-landing conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON: According to the Pew Research Center, 7 percent of Americans say Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin never landed on the moon in July of 1969. In Britain, that number climbs to 52 percent. But in Russia, a whopping 57 percent steadfastly deny it, according to a poll by the Russian Public ...

John Allen Chau: An innocent becomes a victim of political correctness

.WASHINGTON: John Allen Chau, an American missionary traveling abroad, is dead. Most like the victim of the Sentinelese. The remarkable circumstances surrounding his demise is a recipe combining elements of a 19th century Sherlock Holmes who-done-it with a good helping of modern-day identity politics. The game’s afoot In the Arthur Conan Doyle story “The Sign of ...

El Chapo, Fast and Furious, Sinola Drug Cartel, Eric Holder, Obama Administration, Stephen Nemo

El Chapo on trial in Brooklyn: Fast and Furious anyone?

WASHINGTON: While the news media was bloviating over CNN’s whiny Jim Acosta’s White House expulsion, followed by his court-ordered reinstatement, a matter of some importance was taking place in Brooklyn, New York. The criminal trial began for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin, for drug trafficking and murder. And the connection between the ...

True Believer, Rev. JIm Jones, People Temple, Stephen Nemo

The True Believer: Remembering Rev. Jim Jones and his gospel of hope

WASHINGTON: Tyrants never seem to arise during times of plenty. The deprivations of war or economic collapse provide fertile fields for the propagation of community organizers; creatures born in the wake of a society or nation’s loss of creative and confident individualism. Creatures anxious to play off the fears of the mob, who seek direction off ...

It’s time for Trump to celebrate Acostivus with the White House press corps

WASHINGTON: The banishment of CNN White House correspondent and overall ass hat, Jim Acosta, from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue continues to send the Trump-deranged press corp into conniption fits. The expulsion was the consequence of Acosta’s manhandling of a female White House intern during a heated press conference. He refused to surrender a microphone used by all ...

2020 and believing in election technology? The HAL you say

WASHINGTON: HAL is a heuristically programmed algorithmic computer. But he’s more familiar to millions of Arthur C. Clarke fans as HAL 9000. He, or it, is the banal-sounding, murderous, red-eyed cyclopsean computer of spaceship Discovery One in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  Hal may be a warning for all with upcoming 2020 Presidental Elections. ...

Brenda Snipes, Broward County, Florida, Jeb Bush, Stephen Nemo

The curse of Republican bipartisanitus and Florida’s election mess

WASHINGTON: The nation’s Republicans are a little miffed of late, resulting from the actions of Florida’s Dr. Brenda Calhoun Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections. As you’ve probably heard by now, it appears Snipes is either grossly incompetent or a political hack intent on stealing state elective offices on behalf of her fellow Sunshine State ...

Jeff Sessions and the unified field theory of Republican failure

WASHINGTON: The best thing to come out of last Tuesday’s Republican failure and flip of the House of Representatives to Democratic control was the forced departure from the Justice Department of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out In the most pertinent sentence of his letter to the president, Sessions ...

House of Cards, Netflix, #MeToo, Stephen Nemo

Netflix’s “House of Cards” a brilliantly cynical #MeToo passion play

WASHINGTON: On its Friday premier, the #MeToo movement collided with the sixth and final season of the Netflix Original series “House of Cards.” Claire Underwood has replaced husband Francis as president of the United States. And in an example of life imitating art, the actress playing her, Robin Wright, has replaced alleged sexual harasser Kevin Spacey ...

Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump,Alec Baldwin, Stephen Nemo

Alec Baldwin’s lets loose his fists of Trump-Derangement fury

WASHINGTON: As far as anyone knows, “The Donald” never punched anyone during an altercation over a New York City parking space. But 60-year-old actor Alec Baldwin, famous for his mocking portrayal of the president on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”,  was arrested after allegedly punching a man in the face for taking a parking space the aging ...

Ioffe, Radical President Trump, Stephen Nemo, Julia Ioffe

Confession: I have been radicalized by the radical President Trump

WASHINGTON: The political right is up in arms over a statement by CNN commentator and Gentleman’s Quarterly writer Julia Ioffe, who said: “This president [Trump] has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.” Ioffe claiming that the radical President was responsible for the growth of more radicals than ISIS.  Well,  I have a confession ...

Trump resistance gets a wake-up call: Pussyhats make for a flimsy helmet

WASHINGTON: If you had to define the political and emotional reaction of liberal Democrats and the general left to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the word “rage” succinctly describes it. And this overwrought emotionalism was on display when thousands of women donned their knitted pink pussyhats in protest of a newly-elected chief executive who ...

Pipe Bombs, Eddie Curlin, Democrats, Stephen Nemo

Déjà vu Eddie Curlin? Pipe bombs, Democrats and desperate bids

WASHINGTON: The mainstream media has revealed in reporting that pipe bombs were mailed to Democrats President Barack Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former CIA Director John Brennan, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, leftist billionaire loon George Soros, and fake-news CNN. Then this morning, Vice President Joe Biden and actor ...

Migrant Caravan, MS-13, Democrat, Stephen Nemo

Democrat approved migrant caravan: MS-13 and human trafficking

WASHINGTON: Democrats seeking reelection can’t be happy that an estimated 4,000 migrant caravan of mostly Hondurans are marching toward the US southern border. Marching just in time to remind voting Americans what’s at stake if Democrats win control of the House and Senate this November. An influx of illegal aliens, including MS-13 gang members and human ...

Is anyone there? Ouija board: The paranormal link to the past and future

WASHINGTON: The Ouija boards measures 12 inches by 8. It is made of cardboard, with printed letters and numbers gracing its modest surface. It also includes a heart-shaped “little plank” made of plastic. For more than a century, people have turned to it for fun. Others, for answers from the paranormal. In 1992, Luis Garavito ...

Why should Americans care about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi?

WASHINGTON:. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”   So says Dick the Butcher in Shakespeare’s history “Henry The Sixth, part 2”. It’s one of the most famous quotations by a minor character created by the Bard. Maybe we should revise it slightly. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the dissembling journalists.” ...