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Category Archives: Culture
Last week, the New York Times reported on administration plans to cut popular domestic programs, including funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The move would save $500 million a year, about 0.016% of the federal budget. Said Heritage Foundation … Continue reading
Today I set a photo of Lady Liberty as header for this blog, which is entirely consistent with its six year old title, “The First Gate.” She guards the gate through which many of our ancestors of non-native descent came … Continue reading
Knowing our truths is an anchor, a center, a “know thyself” tactic at a time when the new president and his minions are trying to normalize lies as “alternate facts.” Continue reading
“Our democracy is under siege by a moron.” – Bruce Springsteen
On January 16, The Times of London posed a question to Donald Trump: “Do you have any models – are there heroes that you steer by – people you look up to from the past.” In reply Mr. Trump said,: “Well, I … Continue reading
From his last speech, the day before he was assassinated…
I’ve never been big on New Year’s predictions. Even if accurate, they’re like signs on a mountain road saying, “Watch out for falling rocks.” What do you do if you see one barreling at you? Prophecies are even worse! In … Continue reading