Tag Archives: terrorism

Don’t Let Breaking News Break You

The breaking news reports on Tuesday were that a car exploded in the vicinity of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. I had two initial reactions, both of which turned out to be false, but I was smart enough not to share them because I wanted more information. Often, especially when dealing with breaking news, the smartest replies are “I don’t know” and “Insufficient data”.

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Blame Ronny

I don’t think I’ve ever began an article with a thank you but today it is appropriate. During her Monday night show, Rachel Maddow reminded me that it was the 40th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon which took place on October 23, 1983. 241 American servicemen, mostly Marines, died in that attack. Tragic as it was there is so much more and I’d like to explore a bit of it with you today.

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Contrasts

One of my political pet peeves is when people say there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. That is about as far from political reality as you can get. Today I’ll list just a few illustrations from my adulthood.

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Plenty Of Blame To Go Around But It Is Skewed

It is Friday afternoon as I pen this. I needed to disclose that on two accounts. As expected, despite Mike Lindell’s proclamations to the contrary, Donald Trump was not returned to the Oval Office on Friday morning. (Who said Friday the Thirteenth was bad?) That would have no doubt been the biggest political story of last week. The situation in Afghanistan is both dynamic and of rapidly evolving, therefore some of the information contained within may be very dated by publication time.

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The Enduring “Gifts”

The Republican Party has been taken over by radicals and cowards over the past decade or so with Donald Trump as their current hero/god/leader. No better illustration can I think of than the vast majority of congressional Republicans voting not to impeach him or holding him not guilty. Trump may be gone from the White House but he still has a firm grip on what today masquerades as the GOP. For people like me they are the gift that will not stop giving material to write about. With that in mind, let’s look at a few recent news items. Continue reading The Enduring “Gifts”