I recently read an article by respected journalist and author Thomas L Friedman in which he advocates that the incoming Secretary of State break all the rules of diplomacy, leverage social networks and go direct to the people of foreign states, and have them agitate for change over the heads of their leaders. At first thought, this looked like a breakthrough idea; then I got nervous when I considered the consequences.
I have been a great fan of Mr. Friedman, reading most of his books and articles. I admire his travels through hostile regions of the world and his powers of observation.... Read More
Network is a movie made in 1976 that features Peter Finch as Howard Beale, a deranged TV news anchorman. In a sublime moment of madness Beale speaks to the nation at large, clearly striking a cord. This is the wonderful “I’m as Mad as Hell”, rant;
We know things are bad — worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials... Read More
When I was a child and misbehaved badly, my parents made sure that I paid the price for my inequities. First I was warned, and they explained why. Second, I was restricted from some pleasurable activity or thing I enjoyed as a punishment. Lastly, they would physically punish me through the administration of a spanking. This really got my attention! They strongly believed in the old saying, ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’.It is time to administer the rod to North Korea. At the very least, they should be totally isolated from the rest of us. By this I mean that the wall they have erected... Read More
I look down at the squalid piece of land
There the congestion can suffocate the life
I see smoke billowing out from a chimney
Somebody cooking and I wonder how life lives
The conglomerate of human being thrives on hope
The bizarre, these slums appear to be
My feet drag me into the narrow lanes
Smile of a child disarms me to read about them
Now, I see a world, where people too live
They live there and I hear a loud music
Oh! They celebrate too
Kids playing, ladies gossiping, everybody so living
From the lane,... Read More
When we spotted thirteen year old Frank Dixon on YouTube, we we're stunned. At first we thought he was a good singer like many others on YouTube, but then we found out that he writes all his songs himself. That and the fact that he puts real emotions into these songs makes him much more than just another Justin Bieber copy. He is a true inspiration for other Teenagers!
Frank began writing songs at the age of nine and was first discovered when he published songs like "Moving On" and "Up and Away." In 2010 he was awarded the Junior Singer/Songwriter Prize at "Dream Inc" in Melbourne. His... Read More
Dear Mister President,
You will recall that you opened your first term of office with an overture, as you put it, to the ‘Islamic Republic’ of Iran. Let’s be friends, you said, offering the ‘Islamic Republic’ your hand. That same hand, as I’m sure you know, was bitten by the 'Islamic Republic' dog. With you it is not a case of once bitten twice shy; for the hand is being extended once again. You have offered direct talks with the growling mongrels in Teheran.
Let’s have a look a little more closely at the ‘Islamic Republic’. Yes, Mister President, why don’t you look a little... Read More
My mother told me from the age of four, as a young girl I would beg my father and grandfather to take me duck hunting with them. Perhaps it is a genetic predisposition to the thrill of the chase or the allure to danger that runs through our families veins, enticing us into playing the game of probability and chance in gaming or it could merely be survival. Either way, like my father and grandfather and my ancestors before them, I have a love of the outdoors, some warrior fever and a deep respect for the 2nd Amendment in my veins. Firearms have a unique relationship regarding my family history.... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!
yep...some butt heads still think the Marlboro man's horse's breath he inhaled inadvertantly caused the wanker's death...though it doesn't seem to have stopped the die hards who die hard and in the firm belief second hand smoking and secondhand countries...
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