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Added by Terry McKenna on July 24, 2017 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

When the Meaning of Art is Unclear (which is almost always)

My wife and I travelled to Barre Vermont for a sort stay.  We enjoyed ourselves in the way we usually do, which is to walk about and see what there is to see.  It was a warm July day with a sparkling blue sky.  Hot too, but hot for Vermont is maybe 10 degrees less than hot in Dover NJ.

We passed a quaint park in front of the town hall, with a gazebo and a with wedding party…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 23, 2017 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Can We End Racism?

No.  At least it won’t be easy.  Leave alone any consensus about what behaviors are racist.

I give you St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi.

He went on a racial tirade Tuesday when he told members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and backers of rival candidate Jesse Nevel’s campaign to “go back to Africa.”

Nevel, 27,…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 3:00am — 63 Comments

They killed a white woman this time.

The police killed a blond woman.  The shooter was a black cop.  

Hmmm.  Suppose that one factor that leads to police shootings is not racism but something else?   Suppose that the slaughter of black men by police is driven not just by racism but by poor training.  

Suppose that current day training has…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 18, 2017 at 1:37pm — 18 Comments

Doing What I Can

I am laid up right now.  Can’t use my right arm while it is healing from a fall.  

I was laid up once before, and at that time I could not walk.  My girlfriend (now wife) moved key art supplies to my bedroom from the studio in school, and I made small paintings on paper with opaque water colors.  This was during my probationary period in graduate school, and so in a few weeks,…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 16, 2017 at 2:30am — 11 Comments

Words, Meanings and Definitions - much ado about nothing

It never ceases to amuse me when someone trots out a dictionary definition as part of an argument.  Dictionaries are at best warehouses of currently used words with the most popular meanings.  And they are always a few years out of date.  The more thorough the dictionary, the more out of date it is.  For example, the OED was first published in the 19th century, with its second edition out almost 30 years ago.  The third is due soon.…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 15, 2017 at 4:50pm — 21 Comments

Morning of a Fawn

Do we also need words?

With one arm in a sling, I can only use my smallest and lightest camera, and only on automatic.  My wife selected a new place to walk our dogs.  They didn't see the fawn, but we…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 15, 2017 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

BIG

In a white centered nation, non whites feel their non whiteness keenly.  In a Christian nation, non Christians feel the overwhelming presence of Christian norms.  And in a nation of average sized folks, tall folks feel left out too.

I…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Medical care in the US

When my wife and I were younger, we had either no insurance, or mediocre insurance.  We were poor, even were on food stamps for a while.  It was part of our poorly thought out attempt to become artists.  So with regard to health care, when my son was born, after insurance paid some, and we paid more, we owed $2500 to the hospital (a princely sum at the time) and the debt went unpaid for a…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 9, 2017 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

For the Fourth (the Glorious Fourth?)

A touch of patriotism.

Not too much, after all, our country has its sins (as do all) on the other hand I don’t want to leave Patriotism entirely to folks on the right.  After all, when the US has fought, the left fought with the right.  So in WW2, communists signed up alongside Ku Klux Klansmen.  

I took a few pictures…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 3, 2017 at 10:25am — 13 Comments

Any Freudians in the House?

Our Salon has all sorts in the audience, from doctors to lawyers, from programmers to artists.  Surely we have a Freudian psychologist too?  …

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 1, 2017 at 3:34am — 29 Comments

An Old Man Has Earned His Face - a 15 second sketch of the president.

Ugly, ain't it!

He has the soul to match.

and a tip of the hat to Dicky…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 27, 2017 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Pride... better than Shame, isn't it?

I participated in yesterday's Gay Pride Parade in NYC.  I was with my company and took pictures, as I do for many Company events.  I also take note of demurrals about the commercialization of the parade and of gay pride.  I respect those demurrals.  I am old enough to remember when gays were harassed for more often than they now are (especially by the police).

The following is not meant to suggest that I disagree with the demurrals, but it is great that young folks in places like New…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 26, 2017 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

Did Any Of This Really Happen?

Editor's note: references to ethnicity and race are meant to show how we spoke about each other at the time.  I myself was half Polish and hid that to garner favor from the nuns.  We reserve the right to delete comments for any reason or no reason.…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 24, 2017 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Cuba - Yes Their Government is a Mess

Editor's note: we reserve the right to delete comments for any reason or no reason.  

But is life for cubans worse than for those in every other Caribbean and Central American nation?  No. In some nations folks fare better, and the rich fare better in most places, but most nations in the region are riven with poverty, corrupt governments and…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 17, 2017 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

The Old Man - A Father's Day Recollection of my Dad

My father as a teenager in 1916 and as a young man.

My father died July 11, 1972, which was the summer between my junior and senior years in college.  He had not been sick even…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 16, 2017 at 5:00am — 10 Comments

Russian Money - Yes It Is That Simple

The Trump story, which includes trying to end the sanctions on Russia that were put in place after it took back the Crimea makes no sense unless Trump needs Russian money.  

First of all, he does need Russian money, as has been explained in a series of stories that have appeared in sources from Dutch media to our NPR.  But then there is the obvious matter that Donald Trump is a…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 12, 2017 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

God has Suggestions for Our Salon

A great version of Confirma Hoc Deus.  

Editor's note: apparently terms of service were violated in the first version.  No one on staff has read the terms of…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — 20 Comments

Do Two Rights make a Single Right?

A Short Note on the Continued Existence of Israel after 70 since the UN began to address the issue of Israel.

The Palestinians (or X if you follow the old Zionist lie that the Palestinians are not a nation) resided in the Eastern Mediterranean south of Turkey proper and North of Egypt.  Also west of Mesopotamia.  In the period after WW1, these folks mostly were annoyed by the gradually…

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Added by Terry McKenna on June 5, 2017 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

Such Mixed Emotions

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on July 26, 2017 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

A Shameless Plug

Posted by Ron Powell on July 26, 2017 at 7:30am 7 Comments

Neo Nazi Youth

Posted by Robert Young on July 26, 2017 at 6:12am 3 Comments

Question for a Wednesday

Posted by Ron Powell on July 26, 2017 at 6:00am 6 Comments

From a Former Boy Scout

Posted by Jonathan Wolfman on July 25, 2017 at 11:23am 15 Comments

1 Photo: Bathos

Posted by Jonathan Wolfman on July 25, 2017 at 5:21am 10 Comments

Hosta for the most part

Posted by Terry McKenna on July 24, 2017 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

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