Archive for September 2019

September 11: George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump

September 11:  George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump
George W. Bush gave the first 9/11 address on that very date back in 2001. His composure, reassurance and resolution struck exactly the right tone for a nation reeling from the attack earlier that day. Donald Trump gave his 9/11 speech yesterday and his tone could not have been more discordant, self absorbed and detached.... Read more »

Terror, TSA and the grand illusion

Terror, TSA and the grand illusion
Most years, on this date, I repost Ten years after – A 9/11 retrospective, originally written in 2011.  You can still read that piece by clicking HERE. This year I’m reposting the following, written in 2013: The Transportation Security Administration was created in the wake of 9/11 under authority of The Aviation and Transportation Security... Read more »

Kenny Weismuller's head is stuck somewhere, but at least he won't get sunburned

Kenny Weismuller's head is stuck somewhere, but at least he won't get sunburned
Kenny Weismuller (fake name) was one of two blasts from the past I encountered during a recent condolence call (shiva). Shortly after I arrived, a woman introduced herself as having been my high school shop teacher’s assistant back in 1967.  At the time, I was a junior and she was a senior and I may have... Read more »
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Why are the children of the Florida school not being listened to?

Why are the children of the Florida school not being listened to?
The title question was posted on Quora by Tom Kehoe, a self-described “firearms instructor, martial artist, bonsai-ka and longtime journalist.” Since Kehoe posted an answer to his own question, it appears that he asked it just so that he could answer it.  You can read his answer HERE. One of Kehoe’s main points is that being... Read more »