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bob-mustin's picture
May.18.2013
The Mind of the South, by W.J. Cash   This book was written some 75 years ago, and it’s amazing to me how closely Southern attitudes, the South's social structure, the personals and political cants of that time parallel those of the South today. It’s tempting to make an essay of this review...
susan-keefe's picture
May.14.2013
Title: Fantastic mixture of action and politics. As a daughter, when your father allows you a glimpse into his past, telling stories which help you understand the man he has become it’s an honour. So, when Bobby Valentine visits his daughter Lynn she cannot resist asking for just one more tale...
allan-goldstein's picture
May.08.2013
            I’ve been spending some time on the blogs lately and wow, the rage and hopelessness are overwhelming.  Rage from the cuckolded tea party, rage from the flummoxed left.  And everyone’s outrage is The Worst Thing Ever....
bob-mustin's picture
May.05.2013
  Harper’s Magazine/April 2013 Once more, mag week rears its journalistic head: One thing that keeps the better magazines in business is digging into a given subject hard enough and long enough to separate spin from what’s intended, i.e., image from the deeper roots of truth. This issue of...
steve-hauk's picture
May.03.2013
A professional basketball player (Jason Collins) coming out that he is gay has, if not rocked, then shaken the athletic world. It has also disturbed feminists because when a star female college player (Brittney Griner) recently said she was gay, there was not much of a to do about it, the inference...
t-j-alexian's picture
Apr.28.2013
This week all the ex-Presidents got together to dedicate the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Being a political junkie, these moments are always a treat. It's kind of like my version of the All Star game. This time was especially interesting, because I had just finished reading The Presidents...
naseem-rakha's picture
Apr.19.2013
  I am not watching the news. Not following #manhunt tweets. Or #bostonbombs. I did have on NPR for a while, but turned it off when some reporter questioned why Obama had not yet spoke today, three days after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. "People need to hear from their leader,"...
farzana-versey's picture
Apr.17.2013
I admit, my first thought was not one of sympathy, but “Hope it is not a Muslim” on hearing about the bomb blasts.   Is she dead? Injured? Her limbs blown off? I will never know. I knew her only as a pseudonym. She often spoke about training for the marathon. She was, from all accounts,...
bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Apr.17.2013
Mao regularly swam in the Yangtze to prove that he was still perfectly fit. Putin rode a horse bare-chested and performed some judo throws, if necessary with the horse, and two weeks ago David Cameron rescued a sheep that had got stuck. For a moment I thought it was a publicity stunt. It could have...
orna-b-raz's picture
Apr.13.2013
 I just heard  Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks talks on the radio (BBC 4) about the passing of Robert Edwards, one of the creators of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques. Sacks argued that for the Jews, IVF is regarded as a great help in God’s work.  I appreciate the significance...