Category Archives: The World

Dear commentator on msnbc…

I don’t blame Donald Trump for what happened in Hawaii. It’s clearly the fault of some government official in Hawaii. (And Hawaii? One person hitting a wrong button could instigate mass panic? Without review by a higher-up? Seriously? What is … Continue reading

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Watching the crazies.

The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy was a cool kid who grew up into a neat adult. He has moved out of New York and now teaches English to kindergartners, which he enjoys, and he has a girlfriend who I have not … Continue reading

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Fallen heroes.

It’s been thirty years today since Challenger. I don’t know what to say that I have not said before, but it seems important to me to mark this anniversary again. So, once again, I salute the brave men and women … Continue reading

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The golden leaves drift from the ginkgo tree in the median of the street outside the window. The sky is a shade lighter than its normal cornflower blue, streaked with wisps of clouds in the south shading to blankets in … Continue reading

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Dear World.

Dear World, Donald Trump does not speak for me. He does not speak for my family, he does not speak for my friends.  He speaks for a subset of one political party’s base. That the number of people supporting him … Continue reading

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The sound of breaking glass.

Perhaps I am naive, but I don’t worry too much about our country indulging in mass killings of Muslims by the the government. We are not Nazi Germany. I could be wrong, of course: if you had told me fifteen … Continue reading

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Cities of the heart.

The Hotel de Nice sits at 42 Bis, Rue d’ Rivoli, in Paris’s 4th Arrondissement. It’s a fashionable part of town, from what I’ve read; I just liked that it was easy to get to Notre Dame and the Musee d’ … Continue reading

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Space tragedy week.

I did not have a chance yesterday to write a new post for the Challenger disaster anniversary.  Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, and February 1 is Columbia. I thought I would link to some of the … Continue reading

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Dick Cheney’s unpatriotic utilitarianism.

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart. The word torture is once again in the air and permeating the airwaves and the national consciousness. The release of the Senate Intelligence … Continue reading

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Some things to think about. (More links.)

Senior NSA official claims that we live a police state. Blackmail as part of the NSA’s playbook.  I thought that went away when J. Edgar Hoover died, but then I have always been naive. Tom Engelhardt’s Requiem for America.  Engelhardt’s saying … Continue reading

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Given that in previous years the media has used up the words “Snowmaggedon” and “Snowpocalypse” to describe epic winter storms, they need to come up with new ones for the most recent slamming the East Coast.  The Red-Headed Menace suggested … Continue reading

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Medical outrage.

Another entry into the “what has our government turned into” category.  It doesn’t revolve around law enforcement or terrorism, even though both of those are bad enough. No, this is an appointment to a position of power by a person … Continue reading

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Fifty years on.

I was two years old when Kennedy was shot.  I don’t have memories of where I was and what I was doing,  the way I do of Challenger exploding or the planes hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11.  I … Continue reading

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Happy Veteran’s Day.

My father was a Marine.  My grandfather was a Navy aviator and test pilot. I have ancestors who fought in both World Wars, the Civil War (on the wrong side), and the Revolutionary War. (If I so chose, I could … Continue reading

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Gmail and me.

In court filings, Google stated that individuals who send email to people with Gmail accounts have “no legitimate expectation of privacy.”  This is not surprising. The surprising thing is that people — ok, some segments of the news media — … Continue reading

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It is a beautiful day.  I have been lazy in it.  I have been lazy for the past six days, since election night ended my temporary employment. I miss work.  I miss the people I work for, and especially the … Continue reading

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And, just to note…

It’s another damn mid-April anniversary. Abraham Lincoln’s death. April 15. Adolf Hitler’s birth. April 20. The sinking of the Titanic. April 14. Tiananmen Square, April 21. The 1927 floods in Louisiana. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. April 18. The 2010 … Continue reading

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There are days when the world is too beautiful to be believed.

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More realistic problems.

Looking at my last post, I have to face the fact that the self-flagellation I engage in is a luxury. I don’t have to worry about living on a few dollars a day.I don’t have to decide between food and … Continue reading

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Unimaginable.

There are things in this world which I admit are fully beyond my imagination. I was reminded of them yesterday when talking to my friend Sarah about her trip to Uganda and Rwanda this summer. In The Book of Mormon, … Continue reading

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