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Experiencing History: Sleep As a Slave Did

On August 14, 2015, I read an article in the home-delivered New York Times “A Journey to Enclaves of Slavery in the North.” I cut out the article with the intention of writing a blog on the subject at some point in the future. That time has now arrived and naturally I was unable to […]

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Judges 19 and Jamal Khashoggi: The Politics of Literature

Judges 19:26 And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, till it was light. 27 And her master rose up in the morning, and when he opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, behold, there […]

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“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris”

Opening Narration There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. […]

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Wartime President: The Battle Is Engaged

Wartime presidents are different than peacetime presidents. Sometimes being president during a war has a political advantage – Franklin Roosevelt and both Bushes initially. Sometimes being president during a war has political disadvantages – Lyndon Johnson and George Bush. The reaction tends to be due to the success or failure of the war effort rather […]

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BREAKING NEWS: 400 Pound Rogue Strikes in Turkey

Judges 19:26 And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, till it was light. 27 And her master rose up in the morning, and when he opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, behold, there […]

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America’s Third Civil War: Kava-Noes versus Kava-Yeses

America has had three civil wars. The first one is over, the second one is still being fought, the third one is accelerating. What should be done? America’s First Civil War: The American Revolution The American Revolution was not simply American colonials versus the British military. There were plenty of Loyalists here. John Adams famously […]

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Thou Art the Man! – King David and Judge Kavanaugh

The American Civil Religion posits that we are a city on a hill. At this point both political parties have abandoned that idea. The longtime staple of presidential politics and the America culture has been banished from public discourse. It died with the death of John McCain. We no longer aspire to a leadership role […]

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The New York State Assembly Committee on Tourism Meeting September 26, 2018

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS, AND SPORTS ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE ON MUSEUMS & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Oral Testimony by Invitation Only SUBJECT: Impact of Arts and Cultural Organizations on the State’s Economy PURPOSE: To examine the impact New York’s artistic and cultural institutions have on the economy of the State.   […]

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