Giuliani’s Old Elementary Teacher is Not Happy With Him

By: Saturday February 21, 2015 10:00 am

If only I could get regular mail. Instead, I get anonymous phone calls.

This time it pointed me to an old schoolhouse near Kansas City. “Go behind the south wing, and you’ll see where there used to be a garden. Walk past it, and when you find an old compost pile, look for an envelope. I think you’ll be very interested in what’s inside.”

Curious, I pushed back a bit. “Lots of things might interest me. What’s in that envelope that’s so special that I should go looking for a pile of compost?”

The voice on the phone paused, then said “It’s a letter from one of my grandparents to Rudy Giuliani.”

“Why can’t your grandparent simply put it in the mail?” I asked.

“Two reasons. First, you need a mailing address, and we don’t have one. Second, though, and more important, is privacy. You see, my grandparent was Rudy Giuliani’s elementary school teacher. Go find that letter, please.”

I did . . .


Rebecca Johnson is a hero

By: Saturday February 7, 2015 2:00 pm

Fear of Ebola may have faded from the conscious awareness of most Americans, but it is still wreaking havoc in West Africa. And it is mutating. Sooner or later it or something like it will reach America.

With the exception of a portion of our medical community that responded to the challenge of treating Ebola at hospitals in Atlanta, Nebraska and New York City, America distinguished itself by its panic driven effort to quarantine travelers from West Africa, including volunteer medical personnel like Kaci Hickox, who was symptom free when she arrived at Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

DARPA’s Eternal Bloodlust of the Spotless Brain

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:20 pm

Recently the strange science witchdoctors who do their National Security State and Military scientificism in the service of protecting the homeland (and destabilizing the homelands of others with secret invasions and drone monitoring/assassination campaigns) announced that is right now researching the capacities for deep brain stimulators to override humanity, compassion, moral impulses and empathy, while at the same time highlighting the killing instinct, desensitizing the natural human aversion to unspeakable violence and sublimating the fear of our great and good American (and also human) soldiers.

The Profits Are Reckoned in Dollars and the Losses in Lives

By: Friday September 13, 2013 7:04 pm

The self-styled professor Elizabeth O’Bagy was fired by the non-profit organization based in Washington DC that is called the Institute for the Study of War. The Institute fired O’Bagy for lying, and for many Americans – ain’t too surprising to find that there is a liar in DC.

An Exceptional Definition of American Exceptionalism

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 4:45 am

At the end of President Obama’s speech on Syria and the necessity of acting against the Assad regime, he offered a most exceptional definition of American exceptionalism. Sadly, I think the definition he offered fits more than he realizes.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Edward Luce, Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 1:59 pm

Edward Luce’s book has been widely praised as carefully balanced and filled with evocative analysis and reportage. With a cast of dozens of academic, business and governmental thinkers, it wrestles with America’s relative economic decline, how the global economy is increasingly siphoning away America’s ability to innovate and manufacture, and a wide range of U.S. policy failures from education to healthcare to reinventing government. Too often Internet-entranced readers like me look for distillations to digest quickly, rather than dwell on the fascinating interviews, anecdotal treasure chest, and hard-nosed analyses in Mr. Luce’s detailed yet highly entertaining book.

American “Exceptionalism?”

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:30 am

Sometimes it seems like the term “American exceptionalism” could refer only to a politico-economic theory that says, “Screw everybody except me.”

It is hard to explain the hard Right’s hatred of health care reform any other way. Despite their phony spin about a government “power-grab” and such, what motivates them is a need to define themselves in terms of the anguish of others. They can’t be exceptional if others aren’t demonstrably unexceptional.

Phony Christian “Values Voters” Event Turns Into Free Range Gay Bashing and Hypocrisy

By: Monday October 10, 2011 7:20 am

Thanks to last weekend’s “Values Voters” Summit, I am learning that I am not an ordinary gay American. Apparently I am Darth Vader: evil, out to destroy the Republic, and a threat to public health.

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