race and culture

race and culture

CHARACTER, IN SEARCH OF HUMILITY

Is it a sign of less character  to be vain? How about excessively vain? Is it sign of low character to be arrogant? Or just excessive arrogant? Is it a sign of low character to display condescension toward others? To look down one’s nose? What if we don’t wear condescension on our ...
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Riff-Raff Runways

Refugees at Vienna West Railway Station during the European migrant crisis 2015. Source: Bwag/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Refugees at Vienna West Railway Station during the European migrant crisis 2015. Source: Bwag/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-4.0). Vassar Bushmills (First written in 2010, a reflection on the traveling season.) Are riff-raff runways in America’s future? I’ll bet you didn’t know that Europe has had them for years, at least since the ...
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“AN EXTREMITY OF NOMINAL DEMOCRACY”

The Five Senses: Smell by Adriaen Brouwer [Circa 1631] Source: Wikipedia Barbara Tuchman was one of my two favorite historians, (the other is still alive). She published The First Salute in 1988, then died of a stroke early the next year, so this book was to have been her last salute. I ...
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The Caravan; Options

Bil'in Riot, Jan 2011 Source: Israel Defense Forces-Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
In 2013 when Obama was still president, I offered a piece entitled Ellis Island del Norte, Ellis C0rral deu Sur laying how we could open an orderly, relatively fast portal coming into the United States, much like Ellis Island stationed just off New York City, where millions would pass through, but ...
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A Tale of Two Mobs.

Since 2006 I’d watched Republicans, including many conservatives, fed up with Party choices going back to Bob Dole in ‘96, hand our government over to first the Congressional Democrats, then, even after the Democrat’s dark side had revealed itself, still refuse to stop the bleeding. I thought perhaps that Obama and ...
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WE CAN’T TAKES IT NO LONGER

When his turn came to talk, had Brett Kavanaugh walked out to his desk, sat his notes down, then walked around the table and walked up to Dick Durbin and popped him square on the nose, he couldn’t have made his case more masterful. He took off the gloves, which ...
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One Ring to Rule Them All

  When a political end trumps personal destruction of the innocent, we know we are among evil people, from Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, to DiFi, to CNN and dozens more. The cynical indifference to the infliction of pain and suffering on innocent people is the greatest sin… …cold blooded murder or ...
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NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE BEWTEEN WITNESSES AT KAVANAUGH HEARING

Very clearly, Christine Blasey Ford lied during her time in the spotlight at Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a sort of law that when an accuser, under oath, says a thing was done to her by a named fellow “100%”, as Blasey Ford did yesterday, and then that named fellow, ...
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