race and culture

race and culture

Collusion-Truthers

Consider people like Sen Mark Warner who have to deal with the reality of the Trump-Russian Collusion theory being shattered from the political angle. He’s in leadership and is expected to lie a liar’s mouth daily, cynically saying hundreds of things he knows not to be so, only having to say ...
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(UPDATED) TOWARD A “THEORY OF THE MAN”

KKK meeting
For almost everyone who pops up in the news, I have a general theory of that person, beginning with how they got in the news in the first place. If WAPO or New York Times said something approvingly about them, my starting point is likely to be a minus ...
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AFTER HITLER, IS EUROPE RETURNING TO TYPE?

(A timely repeat of some film from the 40s and first shown in Apr, 2017) “After Hitler” is a 2-part video documentary series about Europe in the five years immediately following World War II, 1945-1949. Each episode is roughly 43 minutes and was produced in 2016 but has the unmistakable feel ...
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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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