Category Archives: Race and Tolerance

No Day for Washington and Lincoln

Presidents Day weekend is supposed to be nothing much, a halfhearted hybrid. Perhaps the business community decided that a national holiday to celebrate Washington’s Birthday each February, and then Lincoln’s – each falling on separate days that might or might … Continue reading

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Southern Cooking

It was one of those Fridays newsmen hate. All the big news had already happened, or would happen later. The Supreme Court had said they’d issue their rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 – settling most … Continue reading

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The True-Man Doctrine

Americans like their guns, and seem to like the idea that those guns frighten others, as that makes you free – no one can mess with you. They might get shot, dead. That’ll make them think twice. And everyone knows … Continue reading

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Trying to Understand a Strange and Foreign Land

Ah, Pittsburgh in the early sixties – that was an odd place to spend your high school years. The world was elsewhere and you watched it from afar. The Beach Boys were singing about what seemed to be a wholly … Continue reading

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No Invisible Men

An interesting item from Alfred McCoy – it seems that opium farming generates fifty percent of Afghanistan’s GDP and supports twenty percent of its population. So he suggests we think about this: To understand the Afghan War, one basic point … Continue reading

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