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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. :-)

Child Labor in the Fifties – (smiley face) – from the Archive

Once upon a time, during the reign of the Divine Tiberias, a.k.a the fifties, young boys got Summer jobs. Now I’m sure some kids still do; it’s just that the kids seem older now than they were then. And the kind … Continue reading

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Don’t Settle for an AR-15!

MCX-Spear – Now available! Bought your new assault rifle yet?  If not, you’re in luck! You know how the cops are wearing that pesky body armor which makes it more difficult after you write your manifesto and go on your … Continue reading

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Its George Jetson’s Birthday! Feel Old?

Wanna feel old?  Today is George Jetson’s birthday!! For sixty years, a key pop culture reference to living in the future is to compare something to The Jetsons, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Well, according to Jetsons lore, Sunday, July 31, 2022, is George … Continue reading

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On the Forgotten Russian Prisoner

Marc Fogel was the coach of the girl’s soft ball team at the Anglo-American School in Moscow until his arrest last summer. The team was named after the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wasn’t too long ago that nobody ever heard anything about … Continue reading

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Last Night Without Air Conditioning

Last evening while watching the news I noticed I felt warm. Now everyone in Florida lives with air conditioning. Well not everyone. There are the few who claim to love the heat and humidity and those too poor to afford … Continue reading

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The Murder of Jean Jaures – July 31, 1914 – from the History archive

 Jean Jaures “What will the future be like, when the billions now thrown away in preparation for war are spent on useful things to increase the well-being of people, on the construction of decent houses for workers, on improving transportation, … Continue reading

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On GOP Miscellaneous Doo-Dah

Well its another day here in America and another day of events that simply make you shake your head in wonder.  Some of our elected officials are either (a) bat-shit crazies or (b) will say ANYTHING to ensure that they … Continue reading

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The Dust Bowl

Goodwell, Oklahoma, June 4, 1937. Anyone who has read Steinbeck’s “Grapes” or “Mice” or took an American History class in the middle of the last century has heard of the dust bowl – the “Dirty Thirties” as it used to … Continue reading

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Come to Florida

The great State of Georgia enacted a restrictive abortion law this week forbidding abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat.  That’s usually around 6 weeks give or take.  Most women don’t even know they are pregnant after 6 weeks. Of … Continue reading

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On Being Nosy

Why do people care about other people’s sex lives?  This is the fun question of the day! I mean, there are woman and men who only have one sex partner in a lifetime.  They meet, marry each other and that’s … Continue reading

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