The Paranoia Paradox: Sometimes They Actually Are Out To Get Us
Apr23

The Paranoia Paradox: Sometimes They Actually Are Out To Get Us

The debate over Joe McCarthy just won’t die. The conventional narrative is that he was unmitigated evil, a nasty label to be pasted on political opponents to tarnish them beyond repair. The revisionist narrative, emerging right on cue 60 years later, is the McCarthy was an unsung hero, the only person who truly understood the threat America was under during the early years of the Cold War. As seems to be the case with all things...

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Ukraine Crisis: U.S. Moves Troops into Baltic Region
Apr23

Ukraine Crisis: U.S. Moves Troops into Baltic Region

As the diplomatic agreement reached last week to calm things down in Ukraine unravels, the U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe to “strengthen NATO’s defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe,” says Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, who attributes this renewed “resolve” to...

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T Is For Tip O’Neill
Apr23

T Is For Tip O’Neill

Although I do not agree with much of what he stood for politically, I do find Thomas “Tip” O’Neill to be one of the best sources for good political stories and analogies. He is of course famous for adopting the mantra ‘all politics is local’ But for me a story he used to tell about his first campaign is telling to all candidates in 2014 (as well as the rest of us). When he first ran for the local town council (while still in college...

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A Bigot’s ‘Point System’
Apr22

A Bigot’s ‘Point System’

It has been mentioned before, sometimes in passing, sometimes at length. However, the grotesque, cruel irony — the perverse senselessness of it all — did not fully register with me until I read a short, eye-opening column in TIME Magazine. As had been quite apparent from his past actions and diatribe and as it became crystal clear from his after-the-rampage shouts, anti-Semite, white supremacist (“loud racist, good...

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S Is For Suo Gan
Apr22

S Is For Suo Gan

I first heard this Welsh lullaby in the film Empire Of The Sun (a brilliant film if you’ve not seen it before). But the song itself is hauntingly beautiful. Sleep my baby, at my breast, ‘Tis a mother’s arms round you. Make yourself a snug, warm nest. Feel my love forever new. Harm will not meet you in sleep, Hurt will always pass you by. Child beloved, always you’ll keep, In sleep gentle, mother’s breast...

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The Fuss About Military Hairstyles
Apr21

The Fuss About Military Hairstyles

Women in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, TMV’s Managing Director, in a recent article pointed out the arbitrariness — and insensitivity, I might add — of the recent changes to Army Regulation (AR) 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia.” Estés describes the unique characteristics of the hair of African Americans: To touch the natural hair of most African Americans is like...

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