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126 days ago 11 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I was listening to a discussion among news commentators about the Jussie Smollett situation. I am reluctant to characterize it as a hoax, alleged attack, alleged hoax, or anything else. One commentator’s take away rang most true for me. He (I think it was Jeffrey Toobin) noted all of the quick reactions—from public figures and others — when the alleged assault was first reported.   The lesson for all of us is not to jump to conclusions. We are subjected to so much news and ...
182 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I ponder this last blog for 2018, I think about the blogs that were never written. There were many. Among the bloggers – with appropriate guidance – we stay away from blogging about politics. Oftentimes what strikes me as worthy of a blog is set aside due to our self-imposed restriction. I don't dare refer to it as censorship because it is not, it is self-imposed decorum. I am sure that the events of the upcoming year will provide fodder for many blogs, some to be...
259 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...
490 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 ...
504 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...
553 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. ...
847 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...
903 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...
952 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...
959 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:

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