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On September 11, 2001, I awoke on City Island next to my newish girlfriend, (now my wife), and looked across the water toward Manhattan.  “That’s one helluva fire,” I said.  “I can’t even see the towers through the smoke.”  The second tower had been struck just moments before.  Then, a…

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Military Intelligence

It’s snarkily easy, from the comfort of my non-threatening recliner, to lean on the oxymoronic reference.  However, full disclosure, I have zero expertise and practically the same amount of accumulated knowledge of anything military.  Other than being daily pummeled by a Jr. High bully, I have never actually been in…

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Hugs

I’ve always been a hugger.  My dad was a hugger.  Most of my family and friends are huggers.  Under certain circumstances, I’ve hugged virtual strangers.  In 1975, I manned the “Hug You Soberly Home” booth at a MADD fundraiser and collected around $600 at $1 per hug.  I can’t think…

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Frivolous Behavior

Humans waste a lot of time.  Most species don’t participate in much, if any, frivolous behavior, but humans, and usually the most comfortable and well-healed among us, are diddlers and triflers and time wasters.  And then…there are politicians.  I hate to generalize, (no I don’t), but the inefficiency and calculated…

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IOC

The IOC, (not to be confused with AOC, the young, energetic member of the House of Representatives who has established herself as an uncompromising advocate for the most marginalized), is a “not-for-profit” organization established in 1894.  Perhaps at its outset, by reestablishing the fabled competitions of ancient Greece on a…

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Voting, Schmoting

More than 400 pieces of legislation restricting, diminishing or otherwise denying voting rights to hundreds of thousands of American citizens have been rushed through 48 Republican-controlled state houses.  Federal bills to protect those rights in the Democratic majority House and Senate are nearly dead-on-arrival due to ridiculous, outdated protocol.  And,…

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Side B

In musical parlance, Side B, the flip side, referred to the ‘other’ side of a 45rpm vinyl record.  Artists’ album releases were teased out one ‘single’ at a time in the hope that the best material would entice fans to first buy the 45 and later pony up for the…

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…then

…Biden reminded our European allies that the United States of America is not merely an episode of Trump TV, he let Putin know that Russia is no longer in charge of US foreign policy, the Senate voted unanimously and the House, except for 14 cracker fucktards, overwhelmingly passed, and Biden…

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Why

Not a question, but an answer to a perplexing one.  Why, if most of us care about fairness, truth, kindness, compassion and equality, does the contrary minority seem to triumph time after time after time?  What has hampered that most basic precept of majority rule?  Well, I, like too many…

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GREED

greed /ɡrēd/ Noun intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. It’s probably our most common, intrinsic trait.  We leave the womb screaming for attention and sucking air in search of nourishment and then, for most of us, no matter our socio-economic roulette spin, we finely hone…

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