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Another Day, Another Protest
2019-07-14 12:44
I attended Friday’s Albany protest against Trump’s inhuman cruelty to migrant people. Some things one has to do. Quite a few asked to take pictures of my sign. Maybe I should cop… Read More
Social Disconnection And Trumpism
2019-07-11 13:40
“Grab them by the pussy.” I’ve striven to understand how any Americans could vote to put such a reptile in the White House. Columnist David Brooks keeps saying America… Read More
William Kennedy And Magical Realism
2019-07-09 13:39
William Kennedy (now 91) is the great Albany author. Others (like Melville) have had Albany connections, but in Kennedy’s oeuvre, Albany itself holds center stage; it’s called hi… Read More
Trump At The Rubicon
2019-07-06 21:04
Julius Caesar’s army in Gaul was not authorized to enter Italy. Crossing the Rubicon River made him an outlaw. But he then proceeded to Rome to make himself dictator. (Literally &mdash&hell…Read More
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire
2019-07-03 12:38
(A condensed version of my June 18 book review talk) In this 2017 book Kurt Andersen is very retro; believes in truth, reason, science, and facts. But he sees today’s Americans losing… Read More
Making Burundi Great Again
2019-07-01 13:01
Burundi is a very fortunate country. True, they had a 12-year tribal civil war killing 300,000, but that ended in 2005. Fewer die these days. As for the economy, many Burundians are spared f… Read More
ALARM!  Russia Attacking America
2019-06-21 14:31
On 9/11 we were attacked. America united fiercely, in outrage and resolve, to confront the enemy and prevent a repeat. In 2016, a different enemy attacked us, with actually far greater damag… Read More

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