Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Thin Rationale for Drone Killings -

I continue to have a really big problem with this.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

La Libye dénonce la capture par les USA d'un suspect de Benghazi - Challenges

We cannot roam about the world grabbing people here and there just because there is political pressure to do so, or because they are accused of doing something awful. I'm sorry, that's not the country I signed up to support!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Helicopter of One’s Own -

As I made my way around Nice yesterday, by foot and bus, I was thinking about the people closest to me on the bus, and watching people and vehicles I passed on the street, and thinking about the shiny new rails for the second line of our tram system here. That, combined with this story and another a couple of days ago about the first school program showing how drones work got me thinking about whether we are headed in Nice toward a point where for the second time in 75 years, we'll abandon rails and opt for wheels. In Nice, we have thousands of rent-by-the-day-or-hour bicycles and dozens of electric cars and trucks available on the same basis. We have ferries that go from here to Corsica with cars, trucks, bikes, people and more.

Might we be headed toward a point where we all strap on a vehicle in the way that I strap on a backpack today. On some occasions, we and our vehicle might move by ferry, we might be assembled like an autotrain car and pulled by something on some sort of mechanism, perhaps more electromagnetic than hard iron rail. And as we move around town, perhaps we will all have to behave like we did as kids at a bumper car ride where we make our way, propelled, and getting everywhere more efficiently. I could imagine doing what I did yesterday outside my home - attending a lecture, buying the newspaper and working out at the gym - all in such a manner, and have been able to spend more time at the gym in the course of all that!

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dead at 54  - NY Daily News

I don't know how anyone can sleep soundly in North Carolina knowing the millions of people around the world whose lives are ending far too soon because of the tobacco grown today in NC.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bergdahl Critics Didn’t Howl When Bush Freed Prisoners -

Republicans generally are becoming thoroughly unlikable and loathesome people. I wish them no ill-will, but I would prefer that they take their hatred to some other place - perhaps some other country.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2,000 Americans wait to discover truth of their Irish adoptions -

I sure agree with the final sentence.

The Trucking Industry Wants to Weaken Safety Rules -

We each have a huge personal responsibility not to be behind the wheel if we are tired or just feeling like we might nod-off.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Security and Enthusiasm Clash in Theater of the Absurd -

Surely, smart people can correct this awful judgment on the part of the Shubert Organization.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In Ireland, 10 Years of Fresh Air -

What a change.

Oregon Shooting Draws Obama’s Outrage on Gun Laws -

Once again, the frustration and outrage ought to be directed at reducing the number of guns in America. It is inconceivable to me that if we got rid of 50% of the guns in the US that lives would not be saved. For me, no matter how many it is - or even if I am wrong - it's a chance worth taking.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why not?

Imagine if the Israelis and the Palestinians agreed that religion would not drive their move toward peace. There could be one country of Palreal or RealPal (nice name, no?) in which all religions would be protected and rights honored. There would be no arbitrary lines for settlements, no walls, and no division, just one country, democratic, governed by those elected freely and fairly. Is anyone pushing this solution?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Haiti Elections in Doubt as Ex-Presidents Stir Pot -

I wonder if a similar picture of laundry being delivered to a home in Scarsdale or Larchmont, NY, would label the area a "rich enclave" instead of a "slum". Why use "slum"? Many people there, as elsewhere are very proud of where they live; most aspire to something more, but why not degrade the "filthy rich" as much as the "poor" if some word other than "community" is needed?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Irlande. 800 bébés enterrés dans une fosse - Monde - Le Télégramme

I hold the bishop in very high regard ans as for those responsible for these apparent atrocities, may God have mercy on their souls.

Senators Show Frustration After Briefing on Ex-P.O.W. -

This whole matter shows our worst side(s) on two fronts. First, it reinforces what I believe is the wholly anti-American view that as long as we do it on an island, it's ok to hold people in preventive detention permanently. Second, it demonstrates that few choose to wait for a legal process and perhaps a court of law to determine guilt or innocence; most want to jump the gun, so to speak, and render judgment. The two together undermine the very foundation of our system of justice.

N.R.A. Backs Away From Article Criticizing Advocates of Carrying Guns in Public -

God forbid there be some rational discussions within the NRA! Why am I not surprised to see them stepping back from this article?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014


It's too bad no one has kept this going....

Sunday, June 01, 2014

After Deadly Rampage, Sheriff’s Office Faces Concerns About Conduct -

There are simply too many guns.

A Past Not Past -

DOWD writes as though the island was a united Ireland. We are all left to wonder what that might have been.