Sunday, December 29, 2019

Opinion | We Learned to Write the Way We Talk - The New York Times

We need to evolve, of course, but let's not let this dash the English language on the rocks.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Thirteen writers from around the world on the way the president scrambled their nations’ affairs. - The Washington Post

Sadly, few people seem to care about the essence of ths story. I do. Thanks for trying, Washington Post.

Brexit was a distraction. Europe is facing a hellish 2020 - CNN

Europe needs a big shot of "Let's All Pull Together" medicine. So does the world.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Facing a ‘Food Desert,’ Oklahoma City Wants Dollar Stores to Sell Fresh Food - WSJ

Seems laudible.

Give us the evidence

Why won't the leadership of the Senate endorse the idea of demanding that the people best able to add more facts to the record be allowed/compelled to appear for the Senate trial of TRUMP?

Opinion | I Headed the F.B.I. and C.I.A. There’s a Dire Threat to the Country I Love. - The New York Times

I don't think this has gotten anywhere near the attention that it and he merit.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Pensacola gunman got around a ban on foreigners buying guns

I cannot come to grips with the notion that someone who is a citizen of another country deserves, only because of that, to be put in a category of holders of lesser rights than the rest of us. For a country supposedly committed to equality for all, why is there a seeming a footnote that reads in part "unless you are non-citizen, in which case you are discriminated against in ways that would never survive 14th Amendment challenge if the case was about US citizens?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Who Keeps Europe’s Farm Billions Flowing? Often, Those Who Benefit - The New York Times

Important issue.

Trump assaults facts to survive impeachment - CNNPolitics

We seem sofar from learning how to fix this.John ROBERTS may be our only hope. Otherwise, all systems will continue to fail.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Mike Bloomberg to Bloomberg News reporters upset over not being able to probe Democrats: 'With your paycheck comes some restrictions' - CNN

What a jerk; he has now become a stain on the entire election process and our system of freedom of expression. He should just give his money to the Democratic National Committee and shut up.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Israel’s West Bank Settlements Do Not Violate International Law, U.S. to Say - The New York Times

Repulsive action by repulsive people. Such a tragedy that seems never to end, but it will, and it will take decades to recover, I fear.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019


Great photo story! And even brought back to Cavan.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Poem – I have only just a minute. by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays – Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews

I love this and will always remember Rep Elijah CUMMINGS for it.

Republicans and Democrats

Why doesn't one party or the other - or both - ask all registered voters of that party, individually, to find someone of the other party and just talk with them. Try to understand their view. And then figure out how to collect all of that publicly so we all can better understand what is happening around us. Assign people, give them free choice, allow overlap. Just try to cover everyone and at least try to talk one-on-one with no pressure to succeed but every hope of success in doing so - again, understanding, not persuasion.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Friday, October 04, 2019

Amber Guyger’s Judge Gave Her a Bible and a Hug. Did That Cross a Line? - The New York Times

I want to think about this; it sure is complicated.

Opinion | Cars Are Death Machines. Self-Driving Tech Won’t Change That. - The New York Times

I agree; apply the same line of thinking to guns and you arrive at the same result: we have too many guns in America, too!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Irish politician accused of racism - African asylum-seekers

Those of us who disagree with this thinking need to talk more, speak more convincingly and try to reassemble a compassionate majority of the world in support of asylum claims that are well-founded and surely not defined by any religion.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Monday, September 09, 2019

Trump dismisses idea of allowing Bahamians into U.S. after Hurricane Dorian

TRUMP is such big ass that even the internet is not big enough to embrace it. Why we are not all in the streets demanding his ouster scares me as much as TRUMP does. What's happened to us?

All four missing crew members rescued from capsized cargo ship off Georgia coast

Let's hear a cheer for the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard!!!!!

Monday, September 02, 2019

Beto O’Rourke Makes Gun Control a Focus of his Campaign Reboot | Politics | US News

Thank God someone finally willing to say we have too many guns in the U.S. Now he and we need to decide what to do to build upon that base. How many more deaths before we do? It is a giant albatross around all our necks.

Beto O’Rourke Makes Gun Control a Focus of his Campaign Reboot | Politics | US News

Thank God someone finally willing to say we have too many guns in the U.S. Now he and we need to decide what to do to build upon that base. How many more deaths before we do? It is a giant albatross around all our necks.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

'Support Bawnboy' campaign to revitalize small Cavan village

This is a wonderful place!!! My grandfather was born here and I surely hope that they can keep the school's 3 teachers. I would love to live there for some of the year, but I am not what the town needs. They need some young families right now and then let's see what the rest of us can do.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Orange County arrests pending after Hillsborough KKK rally  | Durham Herald Sun


Opinion | My Final Break With the Trump State Department - The New York Times

Such a loss to the world, to humanity, not to mention the United States. Appalling that the American people elected such a permanent stain on the picture of the US in the world.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Opinion | The Pain of Losing a Local Record Store - The New York Times

Sure makes sense to me.

But experience has taught me that this cold logic is far from airtight. Our emotional connection to stores, restaurants and other commercial spots whose loss we mourn has nothing to do with economics. These businesses give us the most pleasure because of their irrational exuberance, their daily chutzpah, which is what’s so humanizing about them.

Opinion | We Have Ruined Childhood - The New York Times

I surely agree.

Tali Raviv, the associate director of the Center for Childhood Resilience, says many children today are suffering a social-skills deficit. She told me kids today “have fewer opportunities to practice social-emotional skills, whether it’s because they live in a violent community where they can’t go outside, or whether it’s because there’s overprotection of kids and they don’t get the independence to walk down to the corner store.”


Something has to change, says Denise Pope, a co-founder of Challenge Success, an organization based in Palo Alto, Calif., that helps schools make research-backed changes to improve children’s mental health. Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning.

VIDEO. Brexit : en Irlande, la perspective d'un "no deal" réveille des souvenirs douloureux

Great story. Blacklion and Co. Cavan border. Truck driver - and I have  relative doing the same. I sure hope an awful situation can be averted.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Durham councilman wants end to gun violence | Durham Herald Sun

Set a policy and push it HARD to reduce the number of guns in Durham and everywhere.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

When Cities Try to Limit Guns, State Laws Bar the Way - The New York Times

There is no reason why local governments cannot adopt policies to promote positive actiions. As long as they stop short of imposing laws, requirements, regulations, penalties, etc, what is to stop them? For example, a town policy that says there are too many guns here and we commit ourselves to do all we can to reduce that number.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump Attacks Congresswomen At N.C. Rally, As Crowd Chants 'Send Her Back' : NPR

Even having a North Carolina address is embarrassing after seeing this.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Cartoonist Defends Anti-Semitic New York Times Cartoon | The Daily Caller

I see nothing in this cartoon to merit the response it has gotten or the Draconian actions taken by the Times.

Isn't it as much a part of wide open and robust debate as is this one today?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty - The New York Times

And Democrats are still ditheirng around doing nothing. What a blow to the body politic of America.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Sunday, March 03, 2019

What will you create? |

Very impressive as reported on 60 Minutes tonight!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Opinion | Munich or a Requiem for the West - The New York Times

Can we hope to permanently correct this in coming months? Will it take an election? What it will say about us and our fellow citizens if we blow it and THEY reelect him.

Opinion | No, You Can’t Ignore Email. It’s Rude. - The New York Times

Good. Lots of implications.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Statements Condemned as Anti-Semitic - The New York Times

I stand in full support of Rep OMAR, and I object to the knee-jerk reaction of so many. It is pitiful.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Coast Guard Members May Have To Work Without Pay During Shutdown : NPR

This is awful and would be even if I was not a former Coast Guard officer.

Sunday, January 06, 2019