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Keith Joiner commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"I have no thoughts about the emails as thinking about them would be a waste of my time. The GOP will stop at nothing to keep her out of the oval office. They will stop at nothing to remove her should she win, which she will. Around a 70% chance now.…"
Oct 5, 2016
Jonathan Wolfman commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"JMAC's reference to 538 is somewhat old; it's now 75.5% ... the chance for a Clinton win... and 538 is the lowest of the major poll-aggregation sites...the others have her at 80% or more. In 2004 at this time in the election cycle, voiced…"
Oct 5, 2016
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"Mr.Joiner:  I find your comment very amusing.  It is exactly what they are saying if Trump is elected.  Your logic escapes me since the claim against Hillary as an "insider" which most certainly she has been given a lifetime…"
Oct 5, 2016
Zanelle commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"I think he has the right wing Christians because of Pense and they just hope Trump will destruct and melt so Pense with his idiot right wing prejudices can take over.  sigh."
Oct 5, 2016
JMac1949 Today commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"Those folk with the Trump signs in their yards are the same idiots who elected Christie governor.  HRC can get elected without New Jersey or Ohio."
Oct 5, 2016
Zanelle commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"Well considered but I hope you are wrong.  I do agree that with either candidate we are screwed especially if the reds take the Senate.  Sigh.  "
Oct 5, 2016
Maui Surfer commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"White folks are, literally, surrounded by a hundred years of "mainstream" media masquerading as Art which tells them Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind are accurate, Rochester was funny, Amos and Andy were hilarious, Shaft is cool…"
Oct 5, 2016
JMac1949 Today commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"i suppose there are enough "deplorable" yahoos to fill a basket large enough to get Donald Trump elected POTUS, but HRC is putting together a Democratic coalition of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, women under fifty and suburban…"
Oct 5, 2016
Terry McKenna commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"Well considered post, still I don't agree.  But who knows. "
Oct 5, 2016
Keith Joiner commented on Ben Sen's blog post Why Trump Will Win
"I don't agree that Trump will win. I do believe it will still be a disaster with another Clinton presidency in terms of the reaction on the right. I expect she will be impeached immediately. If the GOP has been nothing but obstructionist under…"
Oct 5, 2016
Ben Sen commented on Ted Frier's blog post Donald Trump and the Status Quo of White Male Privilege
"We're on the same trajectory Ted.  Only I think Trump is going to win despite any reasonable arguments presented by those who care and have invested themselves in the future of the country."
Oct 5, 2016
Phyllis commented on Ben Sen's blog post I am an Independant
"Trump is making money from his campaign, which I don't see covered very much. He pays himself for events at his properties, his campaign office is in Trump Tower, he pays himself for the use of his plane. Something came up once in a…"
Oct 4, 2016
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post I am an Independant
"Ted:  I don't know anybody else whose thinking is so close to my own.  I have a new theory I'm going to put up soon.  I really do think Trump will win and I'm going to say why."
Oct 4, 2016
Ted Frier commented on Ben Sen's blog post I am an Independant
""Discussions" with Trump supporters are no better than when cable shows invite Trump surrogates on their programs to "discuss" the candidate: Asked to defend some new Trump outrage, the answer quickly turns to Clinton and her…"
Oct 4, 2016
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post I am an Independant
"Ted and Rodney: Thanks for contributing.  Have you tried "discussion" yet with any avowed Trumpers?  They idolize him.  It has nothing to do with a reasonable assessment of the facts or our political system.  I think…"
Oct 4, 2016
Rodney Roe commented on Ben Sen's blog post I am an Independant
"I think that is important to remember that both Trump and Sanders were "outsider" candidates.  The appealed to portions of the electorate who, in Trump's case felt that they had lost their place in society along several axes.…"
Oct 4, 2016

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At the Crossroad Where I Live

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am 13 Comments

     I live on the intersection between Third Avenue, otherwise known as the Bowery, and E. 10th Street in New York City.  I've lived here since 1978 but only learned recently that the Bowery is the oldest street in the city, dating back to the 17th century and before that it was a Native American trail.  

     Not to be outdone, Tenth Street for centuries was the link between the West side and the East side of the island.  Today it's the only side street that goes all the way…


Listening to Race

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 10:30am 5 Comments

     Recent remarks by Tim Wise, a figure known nationally for his views on race, admonishing his audience to "listen" to people from other races is a bit discouraging given experience and the years that have gone by, but not since a president has been elected using racial baiting as a campaign tactic.

     It appears we are back to square one and the prognosis is not good.  How many outbreaks of racial violence will there be in the "Trump" era?  We have no idea what his response will…


America Must Recognize Palestine

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 30 Comments

From the New York Times, Nov. 29, 2016

By Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States

     We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration.  It has been President Obama's aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace.

     That prospect is now in grave doubt.  I am convinced that the United States can still…


Book Review: Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 12:35pm 2 Comments

     Robert Gottlieb is a fortunate man who knows it, takes his fair share of credit but doesn't beat his chest.

     As an editor at Simon and Schuster in the 50's who "stumbled" into the job (rather than being born into it) educated at Columbia rather than Harvard, he worked his way up the ranks to become editor-in-chief of Knopf--easily one of the most prestigious and profitable publishing houses in the land and then editor of The New Yorker.  It doesn't get better…


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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, J.P. Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.


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