Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sixteen Years in Afghanistan

Today’s bombing in Kabul in the Embassy District We have been sixteen years in Afghanistan.  Sixteen years. We went there after 9/11 to capture Osama, decimate the Al Qaeda leadership and overthrow the Taliban.  The Afghan war, dating from October … Continue reading

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First Sushi!

Clark boy at his first sushi restaurant!  With chop sticks! “Two California Rolls Please!” 🙂 .

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“Tearless the Enemies of Peace” – For Memorial Day

  Dalton Trumbo with his wife Cleo at the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in 1947. Dalton Trumbo was a Hollywood movie script writer and author of the anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun, which won one of the early National Book … Continue reading

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If Poetry Could Raise the Dead

  For Memorial Day – a Re-Post Flanders If poetry could raise the dead the earth would bleed where they had bled to flow back into fallen soldiers who would rise, young and filled with wonder and they would laugh … Continue reading

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Winged Victory – for Memorial Day

The Mekong – Vietnam . The fields are fully green again where only yesterday was shed wild blood of exuberant youth beauteous youth their blood staining the earth still, though unseen now, the stain beneath fields of green flowering gardens. … Continue reading

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The Wall – A Re-Post for Memorial Day

There are 58,272 names listed on that polished black wall. Fifty Eight Thousand Two Hundred Seventy two. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are … Continue reading

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Our Saudi “Allies”

“With trumpets blaring, cannons booming and fighter jets streaking overhead trailed by red, white and blue contrails, President Trump arrived in the scorching heat of the Arabian desert on Saturday hoping to realign the politics and diplomacy of the Middle … Continue reading

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A Social Construct for Showering

So while the world is going to hell in a hand basket, our President is leaving innane notes at Yad Vashem which might have appeared in any high school yearbook.  In response to Manchester he pulled out the worst epitaph … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Eye of the Storm – in Pictures

It is early 1903 and the ball season is in full swing in St. Petersburg. Each winter a half dozen grand balls are held at the Winter Palace, hosted by the Tsar. Each one gets more exclusive and invitations more … Continue reading

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The Honor of St. Albans – For Memorial Day

A ward at the St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens New York So its November 1966 and 24 year old Toritto is still in the Army with one more year to go on his four year enlistment.  Those of you … Continue reading

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