Sunday, August 31, 2014

Carmen Fariña: An Old-School Abuela -

What a stark contrast with at least one of her predecessors! Buena!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guns in America | Facts and statistics about firearms in the USA

I think Time magazine reports this week that there are over 300,000,000 guns in America. That's 300,000,000 too many!

Gun tourism feeds hunger to shoot high-powered weapons

In a word - disgusting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Holder and Obama Differ in Approach to Underlying Issues of Missouri Unrest -

Is there any hope of getting the President to emulate more of HOLDER? I fear not.

Alone Again, Naturally -

Sadly, I agree completely...

"The Constitution was premised on a system full of factions and polarization. If you’re a fastidious pol who deigns to heal and deal only in a holistic, romantic, unified utopia, the Oval Office is the wrong job for you. The sad part is that this is an ugly, confusing and frightening time at home and abroad, and the country needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into some petulant expression of his aloofness, where he regards himself as a party of his own and a victim of petty, needy, bickering egomaniacs."

ISIS Video Purports to Show Beheading of James Foley -

This horrible story reminds us of many things. First, extreme sadness over the death of anyone. Quickly, tho, moving to questions of what is happening to the news media, how much this is a function of the freelance world v. established media, and if so, where do we go from here? Or is it more a reflection of ISIS? Those are very tough issues.

But there is one that deserves more mention. Why do reporters do what they do in dangerous circumstances? What comes to mind for me is what I learned before embarking on a career in the newspaper and media world. As an officer candidate in the Coast Guard, I learned something that I have always felt became my purpose for being. We Coast Guards have an obligation to do one overriding thing - our duty is "go out" to try to save someone in peril; we do not have an obligation to return.

I think a great many reporters have adopted the same mandate - they have a duty to "go out" to cover these stories; they do not have an obligation to return.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Passing of Dr. Walter R. Roberts, Public Diplomat | Take Five

Very sad. One of my favorite professors at Brown in the 60s.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gov. McCrory addresses Duke Energy stock controversy |

This is outrageous. He should be penalized to the full extent of the law.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cuomo Arrives in Israel, as Politicians Scramble to Book Visits of Solidarity -

This is pathetic.

Palestinian Invitation to Cuomo Is Declined -

A bad Jewish-support-knee-jerk decision.

Israel Can't Afford to Lose Jews Like Me | David Schanzer

Israel, quite simply, is not worth most of the attention that it receives. Too much wasted time on the part of far too many people here in the US - either those who are Jewish or those who want Jewish votes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

OECD Better Life Index

Interesting.... My response:

"Personal fulfillment that helps other people in a comfortable people-focused environment."