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Fire & Art: The Zouaves

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  Ellsworth, Lincoln and the NY Volunteers The Smithsonian Museum of American Art is running an exhibition through April 28th, entitled The Civil War and American Art.  It includes 75 works, mostly created during the war by some of America’s most famous artists of the period: Winslow Homer, Frederic Church and Eastman Johnson.  It also […]

Fire Politics: Sodomy, The Litmus Test

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  GOP to Nix Republican Chuck Hagel at Defense GOP forces are gathering to oppose the presumed nomination of former  Nebraska senator and current republican Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. They are apparently in search of someone with the “right” credentials.  Hagel must not have them despite his service in […]

American Jihad

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There can be but one position and dissent is neither welcome nor tolerated. It is extremely harsh fundamentalist doctrine.

The Newtown Massacre and the Zombie Archetype

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Mindless and Soulless in America               Zombies, at least in entertainment and gaming, are resurgent.  They are in their way both terrifying and popular.  Zombies are among the dead and have the vacant, expressionless look that typifies life without a soul. Two days ago, Piers Morgan, the TV talk […]

Road Trip: Marlene, Albert and Me

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This past week I visited friends in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, a place with virtually perfect weather and stunning outdoor scenery. After a few days there, perhaps to remind myself of what I was missing in DC, I made a trip east over the mountains to hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  […]

Politics: Some S.E.A.L.S. Bark at Bam

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  In their undoing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL), Navy S.E.A.L.S. have secured their place in the Pantheon of American heroes. Though we knew them as nearly super-human before, now their chiseled stature has acquired added luster as the avengers of America’s 9/11 attacker. Their arrival as serious cult heroes in our fame obsessed society […]

That Rolling Thunder

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Easy Rider Meets Easy Company   It’s Memorial Day here in the Nation’s Capital and the motorcycles have once again arrived to remind us of something.  Just exactly what remains unclear. Tens-of-thousands of doo-rag wearing white-haired Vietnam era Veterans and their legions of followers careen hither and yon in the costume and style of motorcycle […]

Overheard

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In the locker room at the gym the night of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner from a lawyer/lobbyist type:   “I can only sit in black tie so long…”   You’re right, it’s tough out there.

No Turning Back: Alice in Afghanistan

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As the American Civil War progressed, Abraham Lincoln despaired of the apparent inability of Union generals to take the fight to the confederacy.  Some generals were blatantly political while others could not withstand the carnage resulting from improved weaponry and bludgeoning tactics.  Then came Grant. The enduring image of U. S. Grant is of the […]

Firing Line: Three More Years of This?

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Twelve more Americans were killed yesterday in Afghanistan in a suicide bombing as they were being transported in an armored vehicle. Yesterday’s killings included five US combat troops. The bombing occurred not in some far off province or in a supposed Taliban stronghold, but rather in downtown Kabul on Darulaman Road, also the site of a […]

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