Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Death of Thich Quang Duc

  Yesterday, I was reminded, was the anniversary of the My Lai massacre.  This repost is for those too young to remember Vietnam, their father’s hell. Memorial to Thich Quang Duc – Ho Chi Minh City Thich Quang Duc was … Continue reading

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The Ides of March and Moral dilemma

Well happy Ides of March! It was on this day, the Ides (or 15th) of March that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Forum. The day has lived in infamy, as they say, ever since, fascinating scholars, historians and moralists. … Continue reading

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Kronstadt and the End of the Revolution

It was the first weeks of March, 1921 in the new Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Kronstadt was and still is a naval fortress on an island in the Gulf of Finland. It served as headquarters of Russia’s Baltic … Continue reading

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Soldier Boy

Unemployed for fourteen months bank foreclosing on our home moving into grandpa’s place can’t support the wife and son No money for my boy’s tuition had to spend the college fund; deciding to be independent he joined the Army on … Continue reading

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The Actor

Richard’s phone rang, disturbing the tranquility of a quiet Saturday afternoon in small town California. Rarely did his phone ring since he returned to his home town. He had been gone for three years studying law at faraway Duke University, … Continue reading

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The Alcolyte

Introibo ad altare Dei I will go unto the altar of God this weekday morning at 7 A. M. rain or shine in black and spotless white. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. To God who giveth joy to my … Continue reading

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It’s Tax Time! Just Not For Them!

Well Toritto filed his federal tax return yesterday. Electronically. I owe the Feds money. I owe the Feds $447. That’s $447 over and above what I had withheld during the year from my social security and fixed income pension checks. … Continue reading

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March 17 – St. Pats and Italian Unification Day

Giuseppe Garibaldi (wikipedia) Yes, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. And a happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! But March 17 is also the birthday of Italian unification. Italy as a nation will be 154 years old on March 17th. June … Continue reading

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Vultures – (NOT about Wall Street!)

No. This post is not about Wall Street or vulture funds. It’s been 20 years since I was last in Bombay. Old habits die hard. It’s been 20 years since I was last in Mumbai. I was having a chicken … Continue reading

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Jihadi John – The Boy Next Door

The murder of Syrian soldiers Lately I’ve read a couple of comments and articles about “Jihadi John”, whom all the world now knows as Mohammed Emwazi. Emwazi is the guy in the balaklava with the butcher knife in his hand … Continue reading

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