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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)

On The Edge Of The Universe

Last June of 2017 I posed a question: Does time exist? I mean “exist” – like the keyboard I am typing on or the screen I am looking at? Does it physically exist like things I can touch or perceive?  … Continue reading

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L’Affair Khashoggi

Trump knows the Khashoggi – He bought Uncle Adnan’s super yacht, the Nabila back in the day. And so our “ally” Saudi Arabia apparently murdered a Saudi journalist last week in their embassy in Istanbul.  A special team of 15 … Continue reading

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The Mass Media and the Threat to Democracy

‘Free press.” Once upon a time it was a common belief among Americans that a free press had a sacred responsibility; to hold the powerful accountable and to provide the public with enough information to make informed political decisions. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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How the Vatican Became a State – a Re-Post

A Re-Post on the Visit of Pope Francis We all know that the Roman Catholic Church is a “church” and that it is headquartered in the Vatican, which is a “state” – all 110 acres with a current population of … Continue reading

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Remembering One Girl From Minsk – October 26,1941

An annual Re-Post.  We cannot remember them all; but each year we can remember one. The Minsk Ghetto – 1941 “For God’s sake child! Flee Minsk before it’s too late!” the wounded Red Army Major she tended urged her. “Be still!” Anya said. “I’m … Continue reading

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Hurricane Michael

. . . . . ‘ Yesterday Hurricane Michael slammed into the northern Florida gulf coast at Panama City with sustained winds of 153 mph and heavy rains.  It passed me by as it headed north, gathering strength over the … Continue reading

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Banker To The Resistance – Walraven van Hall

y One doesn’t normally think of bankers or financiers as resistance leaders.  Usually we picture them on the other side, always siding with power.  Certainly not on the side of people and liberty.  Wealthy and privileged, they usually work to … Continue reading

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