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64 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words on the pen linger in my mind -- “Mightier than the sword.” The words bring back memories of studies in history and civics. The relevance of those words today is undeniable. We are caught in a frenzy of words thrown at us from so many sources -- some reliable, some less so. It is sometimes easy, but often difficult, to discern the difference. It is a plastic ballpoint click pen -- an instrument of communication somewhere on the spectrum between the quill and the co...
295 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I was distressed in reading the reports yesterday that the top trending video on YouTube was a conspiracy theory that Florida school shooting survivor, and one of the organizers of the "March for Our Lives", David Hogg, is an actor; more precisely, a "crisis actor" -- someone who is "paid to pretend to have been affected by a tragedy for political purposes." Other social media platforms are likewise inundated with posts of conspiracy theories. With the overwhelming ...
309 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words of a schoolteacher of mine from many many years ago resonate for me.  “We read the obituaries not to learn who died but to learn about those who lived.” I read the obituary of Haim Gouri, an Israeli poet, journalist, novelist, and filmmaker who died last week at the age of 94. He was a voice from the founding of the State of Israel. The words of one of his early poems ring profound. “And there, those in the right fire on the others in the right.” The New York Time...
358 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
If you’ve ever wondered whether your vote makes a difference, consider what’s going on in Virginia. Three races for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are in the midst of recounts. Yesterday morning the reports were that one of the candidates had a one vote lead. That one seat could also shift party control in the House. (Yesterday afternoon the report was that another ballot had been found and the vote was tied.) The takeaway? Every vote counts. ...
652 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I just finished reading “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” by Brian Kilmeade and  DanYaeger.  A very good read about the war against the pirates of the Barbary Coast and the birth of the US navy and marines. Hence the words to the marine corps song. “..,to the shores of Tripoli." The authors also wrote “George Washington’s Secret Six” about Washington's spies who were critical to the success of the American revolution. Kilmeade has a show on Fox News, a network th...
708 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
We recently visited the Mitzi Newhouse theater at Lincoln Center. As I walked down the stairs to the theater, I thought of the lockers that were available in the lobbies of the theaters at Lincoln Center. Convenient, especially in the winter, for coats.   However, the lockers are gone -- removed many years ago for security reasons.   In the lobby of the theater patrons are seated on the long bench recessed into the space that replaced the lockers. But some lockers remain in t...
757 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Here's how it was related to me: Flo was having a manicure a few days after the election. Her conversation with Maggie, her manicurist, was disrupted by the loud one-sided cell phone conversation of another patron. (Yes, the salon requests that cellphones not be used.) Flo and Maggie were discussing the results of the election. Since Maggie lives in an immigrant community, the outcome was of special importance to her. The customer, who finally ended her "advice column" conv...
764 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:

Heal first.

Analyze later.

More next week.

806 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:

"Be prepared!" Wasn't that one of the basic tenets of the Boy Scouts?

What surprised me most about Monday night's debate was the lack of preparation by one candidates.

As I was watching, I wondered whether the debate would be used as an example of the importance of preparation.

813 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Between now and November 8th, I am going to learn more about polls than I may ever want to know. Every day there's a new poll and every new poll is accompanied by an analysis of the techniques utilized by the poll. Then some commentator will delve into the bias of the poll. Gone are the simple days of "here are the results and there's a error factor of 3%". I was called by a pollster a few months ago. It was to determine my preference in a five-way primary. Or so the...
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