Monthly Archives: April 2014

While the Marriage War Goes On……..

So it was a quiet Sunday morning and the “news” shows and “respected journalists” were yammering about whether or not coming out for same sex marriage would help or hurt some particular candidate’s re-election efforts. “Sixty percent of those polled … Continue reading

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“Less Government” and the Social Contract

“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal a loaf of bread.” Anatole France – 1894 I’ve actually seen the line translated as “piss in the streets” … Continue reading

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Ten Years a Widower

A repost on the 10th anniversary of her passing – April 19  Joann Marie Louise Romanelli Scarangello sailing with me to New York  on the S/S  Olympia – circa 1969 —————————————————————————- I didn’t expect her to die that day.  April … Continue reading

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Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Drones

Remember the massacre at Aurora, Colorado, maybe 20 miles from Columbine?  Yeah, I know.  Barely.  Aurora was before Newtown and after Columbine and Virginia Tech.  And well before Fort Hood.   We’ve already started  characterizing these barbarities as “incidents”. Aurora … Continue reading

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Mother and Son

For Michael, who would have been 39 on April 17 – and for her, gone 10 years on April 19   Mother and Son – 1980 . She sits beneath a massive oak in the Garden of Noble Women. Garden … Continue reading

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Missing Emma Goldman

“We say that if America has entered the war to make the world safe for democracy, she must first make democracy safe in America. How else is the world to take America seriously, when democracy at home is daily being … Continue reading

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What Capitalists Did – Lest We Forget

While the Vanderbilt ladies were vying for the title of Best Hostess in Newport, this is what the captains of industry were doing to the rest of us.   Lest we forget. Child Labor in the Textile Mills. The Lawrence textile strike was … Continue reading

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