A leprosy spreading across the globe….

Lost in the noise about Trump’s self -congratulatory tour of Puerto Rico, Congress letting health insurance expire for 9 million children, the suffering of the people of Puerto Rico, Russia investigations and the Secretary of State quite correctly calling the President what he is, was this news item: WASHINGTON — Three United States Army Special […]

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273rd verse, same as the first.

I had planned to write some more about my trip. But as has so often been the case this year and last-I woke up to yet another incident of domestic terrorism. The worst mass shooting yet in America. Yet another disgusting commentary on America’s inability to better itself as a nation. Once again, it’s time […]

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The darkness that always lurks beneath the surface.

I wanted to write a quick note about the tragic loss of Robin Williams. His death will most probably be ruled a suicide. And I expect ( and in some of the worst corners of the internet-we are already seeing) the holier than thou brigades are already spouting venom-not understanding in the least the struggles […]

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And we are back…..

Spent the last five days in France. It was outstanding-especially as we went to visit the Normandy Beaches. Pix to follow over the next few days. So here is where I spent my 4th-no fire works, but a lot of sincere feeling for the folks who can never leave this place: “Not for the dead, […]

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2nd of Two Memorial Day Posts

I paraphrased this bit of writing from Herman Wouk a couple of years back. I still think its a marvelous bit of writing and particularly appropriate as “America begins to leave the world stage”. Not because it was forced to-but because of those who feel that merely dying for your fellow servicemen is sufficient justification for […]

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First of Two Memorial Day posts

Today is Memorial Day-and fortunately for me, I am alive, and spending it at home. For a lot of Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines that is not true.  So it is very important that we remember their sacrifices-and honor their memories. Today I wanted to re-post about one such sacrifice-one that I wrote about a few […]

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 yesterday. Clearly the world has lost a great man. He was great not just because of his struggle against apartheid-but when the tables finally turned, he did not give into the natural instincts to take vengeance on his oppressors-but to seek a middle path that made […]

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Lou Reed , Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness, that I note the death of Lou Reed, at 71. He was a master artist of his generation-and contrary to what Phib thinks, added much to the general discourse. As did most of the baby boom generation. My favorite song by Lou Reed was not so popular. Nonetheless, it was […]

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The forgotten war….and the forgotten people

Not that any Americans might have noticed this week, but the 2000th American died in the War in Afghanistan this week. I mean,  its hard to pay attention to the  tragic sacrifice of brave young men-when there are such meaningful issues like "what is real rape?" to argue about, after all. The man's name was […]

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Another tragic loss of a blogger

It has been a really lousy week all things considered-perhaps indicative of the way the rest of the year is going to go I suppose. This week has been full of nothing but bad news and death. Two bloggers-both of whom I knew on active duty have perished.   Of Lex-and the tragic accident that took […]

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A tragic loss

When I woke up this morning , as I made the coffee and stumbled to my computer-it seemed like it was going to be a good day. After I got the computer on line-I knew differently. This is a terrible day and so will the days that follow. A widely followed blogger, an able and […]

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Christopher Hitchens

I wanted to wait a while before writing about the genuine sadness I felt when I heard about the death of Christopher Hitchens. He was a great writer, a man who understood how to paint a picture with words, and as an Englishman who cared deeply for the United States-probably saw the politics in that […]

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