A Secret Revealed

Psst! I am as anti-American as you are pro-American. Who’da guessed? There is very little about this country I like. A few loonies have screamed at me, “Go back to where you came from if you don’t like it here!” Thanks for the advice. Just where is it I came from? I think (not sure) it was Lutheran Hospital at the edge of Brownsville, Brooklyn, near the East NY section. I doubt it is even there any more. So much...

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Joshua At The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest and most pivotal battle of the American Civil War and it decisively turned the war in the Union favor. Joshua Chamberlain, a man of staggering ability as a diarist who would go on to be president of Bowdoin College and governor of Maine offered this (SG: abbreviated) account of the battle. “But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals,...

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Legal, Ethical, Wise and Not Fattening

Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, said yesterday that the use of drones is legal, ethical and wise. He may be right but, in the great tradition of press secretaries, refused to be drawn into a discussion of the pro and cons of this position. The most common defense of the use of drones is that they save lives — American lives. A collateral benefit is that, since they are very accurate, drones do not target the innocent and...

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I Found It At The Movies

At about the halfway mark of the Civil War, Abe Lincoln takes the bold step of issuing an Emancipation Proclamation. A truly great moment in U.S. history. So it is now 150 years since that most important time. The film, LINCOLN, is about that moment. Since it stars Daniel Day-Lewis, there wasn’t, and could not possibly have been, suspense concerning who would get the Best Actor Award. ARGO, a very exciting potboiler, won Best Movie award for...

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Theories Of Pacifism

It may well be that the person most qualified to be President of the United States is in fact the current President. I won’t make Mr. Obama’s greatness or lack thereof my theme. The fact is, however, that if the sole or main criterion for judging him is based on his commitment to peace, we would be in a sorry state. I admit there is much more to being qualified for the presidency than a commitment to pacifism, but I would like to...

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Obama’s Law

Very quietly on December 30, the President reauthorized ‘Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012?, which provides a five-year extension of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Big Brother will watch you. Worse yet, Obama has agreed to a provision preventing the construction of any new facility for transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. It will save lots of money and ensure that the 86 prisoners still rotting...

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