Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Quick Note on the Dismissal of Shirley Sherrod, etc.

When I get one of those screeds that go around, the very first thing that I do is go to, for instance, Snopes or Truth or Fiction, etc., to see if there’s any truth to it.  That’s just me. I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Anti-Poverty Programs

I saw that Saul Friedman had written a post on Time Goes By this morning so I gave it a read, and was a little – nonplussed? – that it left me feeling, well, conservative (for lack of a better … Continue reading

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Anniversaries – D.C. and U.S. Public Health Service

Today is the anniversary of two moments in early U.S. history that moved me to reflect for a bit.  In 1790 Congress established the District of Columbia to be the capital of these United States, and in 1798 the U.S. … Continue reading

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The Kids’ Mother is Okay

Well, she smokes, etc., but whatever is or was causing her respiratory symptoms isn’t a neoplastic disease, and that’ll do for the time being.

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My Navy Reserve Career

I was going through some old pictures and found this one of me in early July, 1965.  You may notice that I have one stripe on my sleeve and hair.  I don’t know that I’ve referred to my brief stint … Continue reading

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I Don’t Understand the Anger

Seriously, I don’t think about religion very much.  I remember it, I don’t believe in it, I don’t think about it.  Some of my friends and acquaintenances, who obviously have stronger feelings about religion than I do, forward e-mails to … Continue reading

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Go Bulls!

First, I want to mark the San Fermin Fiesta that began with a mass yesterday and the first “running of the bulls” this morning at 8AM in Pamplona.  Let me just say, “Go Bulls!  None of you will live to … Continue reading

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The Nature of 21st Century Journalism

Okay, this is a complete waste of time if only because, by the end of my rant, I hope you’ll have the sense to know that I’ve been bitching about tabloid reporting bumping sports reporting.  Having said that, I was drawn to … Continue reading

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The Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

I noticed that today is the anniversary of President (Lyndon) Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.  I was 17 at the time, between my junior and senior years of high school in Davenport, Iowa, and it … Continue reading

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Good Thoughts May Cause an Absence of Fervor

My kids’ mother is having her lung biopsy in Ft. Worth as I write this, and I am mindful that Roger is looking at some serious time with oncologists so I read today’s news with one eye on the balance … Continue reading

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