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…Continue
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.”
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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 And they are always a few years out of date. The more thorough the dictionary, the more out of date it is.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.…Continue
Do we also need words?Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
Our Salon has all sorts in the audience, from doctors to lawyers, from programmers to artists. Surely we have a Freudian psychologist too? …Continue
Ugly, ain't it!
He has the soul to match.
and a tip of the hat to Dicky…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue