Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez

Very important documentary In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18-year-old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on American Exceptionalism

Almost all of the Northern European nations, and including New Zealand and Australia have highly successful economies and fully embrace social progressiveness. Not the USA. Many of my conservative acquaintances hector me on exclusive attributes of the US way of … Continue reading

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Blood’s A Rover (Ellroy)

I buried myself in this sizzling reprise of the “City of the Angels.” Ellroy, like no other, taps the true vein of L.A., and its vile variety of the 7 deadly sins as only Hollywood / LA can conjure up.  … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Hamid)

For Westerners, especially Americans, this book is a primer on Middle Eastern discontent. It is not a story rooted in religious delusion, but rather cultural incompatibility. This soliloquy (in the first person) expands on the life of a disaffected immigrant in … Continue reading

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Where Men Win Glory (Jon Krakauer)

Superb writing on a very difficult subject. Not only presenting Pat Tillman’s life with grace and dignity, Jon explores the lies and misdirection’s of the U.S.Army in this sad tragedy. He also illuminates the dark recesses of the Pakistani / Afghani sand pit … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad

In all my years of watching American TV, Breaking Bad is absolutely the best. The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, Six Feet Under, Dragnet, Miami Vice, Streets of San Francisco – all pale in the face of this pure entertainment. In … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Todd Akin

The forgiveness of Todd’s remark is not the issue here; it is the understanding of a man who could make such a remark. First and foremost, a person has to understand the passions that that drive a man like Todd. … Continue reading

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Carmel California

Carmel California

Malpaso cabin

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FDR

It was Roosevelt’s lasting accomplishment that he found a middle ground between the unbridled laissez-faire of the ’20s and the brutal dictatorships of the ’30s. His conviction that a democratic government had a responsibility to help Americans in distress — not … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Americans on Gun Control

Engraved in NRA marble, the words,” The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” ignoring the crucial dependent clause of the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,…” Without … Continue reading

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