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- Ossining, New York, United States
- February 28
- I am the author of "Send In the Clown Car: The Road to the White House 2012," currently available on Amazon and CreateSpace. I'm currently semi-retired after 23 years in a corporate environment. My motto: The conventional wisdom has too much convention, not enough wisdom. Corollary: Even Einstein was wrong sometimes, and you're not Einstein.
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March 12, 2014 08:14PM
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January 31, 2014 01:26AM
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December 22, 2013 11:41PM
- 25 Pleasures From 2013
December 15, 2013 08:08PM
- The 2013 Year-End News Quiz
December 07, 2013 09:51PM
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Fifty years ago today, a horrific and infamous crime occurred in Queens. When Kitty Genovese was murdered while returning home from work in the early morning hours of March 13, 1964, it was merely a blip on the local media radar, one of 636 homicides recorded in New York City that… Read full post »
(Pete Seeger’s death Monday night at age 94 reminded me that five years ago, I had started writing something about Seeger but never finished it. In finishing it, sadly, I had to change the verbs from the present tense to the past.)
I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be… Read full post »
BETHLEHEM – A couple identified only as Joseph and the “Virgin” Mary were arrested last night by Bethlehem police and charged with child endangerment. According to the arrest warrant, they had left their newborn son Jesus outside in a manger at night, exposed to the elements and sur… Read full post »
December is the time for endless ten-best lists. Unfortunately, I don’t read enough current books, or watch enough current TV and movies, to make many useful recommendations. So here are 25 random pleasures I experienced in 2013:
1. George Packer’s The Unwinding follows several Am… Read full post »
Have you kept up with the news in 2013? If so: they let you access the Internet from your mental institution? Test your knowledge below.
1. What plummeted suddenly from the Russian sky on
a. Edward Snowden
b. The members of Pussy Riot
c. The legal rights… Read full post »
[Transcription of a tape I received anonymously in the mail today with no return address.]
I can’t believe it’s been 50 years and you still haven’t figured it out yet.
Last night, I got roped into this – God, I hate the word – meme on Facebook where you list things others may not know about you. I decided to expand it and turn it into a blog post. Some of these are copied from old posts, but I’m… Read full post »
The spider web covered the bushes, the carved pumpkin sat on the front steps, the skeleton hung from the porch light, "Monster Mash" blared on the stereo, and the bowl of candy sat just inside the front door. I was ready for Halloween. With my wife chaperoning the town’s Halloween party,… Read full post »
In honor of tonight’s first game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals (also known as Con Chapman’s fantasy – he grew up in Missouri as a Cardinals fan and now lives in Boston), I have concocted a bunch of pointless baseball… Read full post »
(This is a repost of something I wrote in September 2010.)
I’ve been reluctant to write about 9/11. After all, I did not lose a loved one that day. I know two people who worked in the Twin Towers, and they both survived, one by evacuation and the other… Read full post »
It’s the first weekend of the NFL season and the league will be asking the same question it’s been asking for decades: “Are you ready for some football?” For the first time, part of me wants to answer, “No.”
I’ve loved sports since I was a young boy. Every se… Read full post »
I’ve been writing pieces that are long and personal, not blog material. Sometimes creating the content feels like pulling teeth and I find myself wishing I would just write something mindless, where I wouldn’t be agonizing over the placement of every word like I was solving a Rubik’… Read full post »
Washington, D.C. is simultaneously the home of our nation’s first minority Presid… Read full post »
[Author George Saunders recently gave a commencement address at my old school, Syracuse University. His theme was that his only regret in life is insufficient kindness. It reminded me of something I wrote three years ago about an incident during my time in Syracuse. I have reposted it here.]
I wish… Read full post »
In response to Jaime Franchi’s recent post, here are ten things I absolutely do not give a crap about. We may agree to disagree about some of them.
1. Google Glass. Though I’m willing to assist Morgan Freeman in testing Google eyelids.
2. Jodi Arias. My brain is already stuffed with… Read full post »
Here is what’s known so far:
On Monday, shortly before 3:00 pm, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Another bomb was detonated shortly after at the JFK Library.
Twelve people were killed.
Three people were killed and more than a hundred injured.
Shortly before… Read full post »
(The New York Times Sunday Book Review prints a weekly column, “By the Book,” in which an author answers generic questions about his or her reading habits. I decided to take a crack at some of the most common questions. Since everyone loves to talk about books, feel free to… Read full post »
I met Sandra at a Ron Paul rally and it was love at first sight. When she and I finally took the plunge, we knew exactly where we wanted to go on our honeymoon: Ayn Rand World, the new libertarian theme park.
The day after our nuptials, we landed at Milton… Read full post »
Once upon a time, in the Greatest Kingdom on Earth, a boy was born. He was not a king, nor was he a prince. In fact, he was just an ordinary Joe. But he grew up to be a smart, kind, hard-working man.
Around the same time, a girl… Read full post »
Fourth or fifth grade. It’s between classes and I’m racing down the hall to the nurse’s office because my tummy is rumbling like Mount St. Helens and I’m about to blow chunks.
Didn’t make it. Nature does/… Read full post »
For the last few years, I’ve attended an annual movie marathon in which they presented all of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Since I couldn’t make it this year, I asked my good friend Wayne LaPierre to attend in my stead. I know you have heard Wayne’s harsh… Read full post »
On January 2, 1999, hunters in Sam Houston National Forest in Texas discovered the body of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old Lone Star College student who had been missing since December 8. She appeared to have been strangled with one leg of pantyhose.
Investigators had already settled on Larry Sweari… Read full post »
I am a Republican.
I don’t believe people should be required to carry a government-issued ID because that’s the first step toward Big Brother. I also don’t believe people should be allowed to vote unless they carry a government-issued ID.
I am a Republican.
I believe that Democrati… Read full post »
‘Sup? God here. Long time, no speak. (No, Santorum, I mean it, I haven’t been speaking to you, that’s just the voices inside your stupid head. And stop emailing me all of those dumb “How many abortionists does it take to screw in a light bulb”… Read full post »