Please Take A Moment To Meet Ashol-Pan
Apr16

Please Take A Moment To Meet Ashol-Pan

The next time you’re feeling chuff about that backyard barbeque you put together all by your lonesome, breaking 250 in league bowling, or that honor roll student child who you’re convinced is destined for an Ivy League school, please pause for a moment and take a brief trip to the other side of the planet to meet a girl by the name of Ashol-Pan. Ashol-Pan is a Kazakh who lives in western Mongolia. She may never go to a...

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The United States Of Cowardice: Still No Accountability For Torture Regime Perps
Apr10

The United States Of Cowardice: Still No Accountability For Torture Regime Perps

WE DO NOT TORTURE TERROR SUSPECTS ~ George Bush (November 7, 2005) Since 2007, I have written over 30 in-depth blog posts on what I term the Bush Torture Regime. Underpinning these posts have been a call for accountability for the men who used the 9/11 terror attacks not as a clarion call to affirm all that is right about America, but manipulated the so-called War on Terror into becoming a war on ideals and an excuse to abuse power...

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‘I Wake Up To The Sound Of Music . . . Speaking Words Of Wisdom, Let It Be’
Apr08

‘I Wake Up To The Sound Of Music . . . Speaking Words Of Wisdom, Let It Be’

Neither of my parents were particularly musical, although my father had a lovely singing voice and was a great whistler. My mother not so much. I vaguely recall big band music played on a staticy, low-fi AM radio when I was really little, but it wasn’t until we got an FM — a hulking Philco in a Bakelite case — that I became aware of the ability of music to transport me, especially vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, whom my...

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Charles Sumner ‘Chuck’ Stone (1924-2014)
Apr07

Charles Sumner ‘Chuck’ Stone (1924-2014)

Back when we worked together at the Philadelphia Daily News, I usually could hear and smell Chuck Stone before I saw him. The city desk, where I worked, was around the corner from a lobby. An elevator door would open with a ceremonial “ding” and I would hear the “click, click, click” of the cleats on the heels of Chuck’s wingtips on the marble floor and the aroma of the distinctive Houbigant cologne he...

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The Vacuous Evil Of Donald Rumsfeld
Mar31

The Vacuous Evil Of Donald Rumsfeld

Despite his role as the key player in the late, unlamented fool’s errand known as the Iraq War, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has remained the most elusive of subjects. A big part of this has to do with him not meeting our expectations, or in any event my own: He remains unapologetic, unrepentant and unconscionably obtuse when it comes to discussing the war, notably the chief rationale for starting it — that...

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