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Posted Sunday evening, February 19, 2017. Saw I Am Not Your Negro this afternoon, and now I have a rooting interest in the Oscar for Best Documentary. In fact, if I Am Not Your Negro doesn’t win I’m going to be almost as mad as I know I’m going to be when Emma Stone beats out Natalie Portman for Best Actress. All the words of the film’s narration are Baldwin’s. This passage from Baldwin’s book-length essay The Devil Finds Work isn’t, that I recall, included but it'll give you a flavor of what is: The wretched of the earth do... Continue reading
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Posted Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2017. I love Bill and I expect a lot out of President Obama once he gets started, but they’ve both got a lot of work ahead of them if they’re going to catch up with this guy… Jimmy Carter’s new solar project could power more than half of his small Georgia hometown https://t.co/idtqKATERo — The New York Times (@nytimes) February 19, 2017 To jump straight to Alan Blinder’s story, follow the link to Jimmy Carter Makes a Stand for Solar, Decades After the Cardigan Sweater at the New York Times. Continue reading
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Posted Saturday morning, February 18, 2017. Doctor Frasier Crane demonstrating that he’s not a good boy. Broke two of my own Twittering rules this morning. First was: Never get on the Twitter Machine before the second pot of coffee. (Yes. Pot. Those of you who know me well, know I measure my morning caffeine intake by the pot and not by the mug.) Second was: Never respond to a tweet without checking first to see who did the tweeting. I don’t believe I’d have made the second mistake if I hadn’t made the first, but the result was I got... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, February 17, 2017. Donald Trump’s trouble isn’t that he has a personality disorder. It’s that he’s a rotten human being. Our Mr President Trump holding what John Cassidy of the New Yorker an “alternative reality press conference,” Thursday, February 16, 2017. Photo by Andrew Harnik, courtesy of AP, via the New Yorker. Naturally, I'm an enthusiastic proponent of social media but I’m not an uncritical one. There are things I dislike about the online life and things I absolutely hate, and one of the is how it encourages bad writing. Sloppy writing. Sloppy writing and sloppy thinking.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
Chief, I can't tell you how glad I am you brought up A Man for All Seasons. Thanks for taking the time to quote it at length. And as you probably know, Steve Bannon has compared himself to Cromwell.
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Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017. How the senior advisor to Our Mr. President Trump is like the whiny, self-pitying villain of Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Stephen's passion for drawing attention to the plight of middle Americans—men and women of all ethnicities and backgrounds—is unmatched, as he believes (correctly in my opinion) that elites in both culture and government who disdain them have left them behind over recent decades––and Stephen is determined to change course...” Doesn’t that sound special? A passion for the plight of middle Americans of all ethnicities and backgrounds? Why, it’s almost liberal. Except that “middle America”... Continue reading
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Posted Tuesday night, February 14. Actually, I’d be all for Communism except that it would mean having Communists in charge. From Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild: Among the ten of thousands who joined the International Brigades from Europe, North America, and elsewhere, [the young British sculptor Pat Gurney] was in a distinct minority. He merely thought of himself as an “old-fashioned radical” and had an austere skepticism toward the [Communist] Party. The problem with Communists, he felt, was that they “were always right. There were never two ways about anything. They... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, February 12, 2017. Our longtime comrade in blogging, one of the smartiest of the smartypantses at Lawyers, Guns & Money, Professor Erik Loomis has been in New York City over the weekend and tweeted this post card from lower Manhattan. Saturday afternoon around three, February 11, 2017. Copyright Erik Loomis 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Word is Our Mr President Trump has adopted Andrew Jackson as his new hero and role-model. Has Jackson’s portrait hanging in the Oval Office. I’m not sure what of Jackson Trump sees in himself. Actually, given his general ignorance on everything but especially history, I’m surprised he even knows who Jackson was. If he does, I’d be inclined to think it’s from seeing Jackson's face on the twenty, but since Trump is known for not paying for anything if he can get someone else to foot the bill, I doubt he’s handled much actual cash... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, February 11, 2017. No way of knowing, of course, but given my temperament and the political inclinations that arise from that, if I'd been around in the early 19th Century I probably would have been a Jeffersonian and from that turned into a Jacksonian, and there I'd have been---defending slavery, the removal of the Cherokee, and the annexation of Texas and the War with Mexico. But sometimes I like to flatter myself by imagining that if I’d been alive in 1848, I’d have been a Whig. From John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan: From his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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The view out the hacienda window. This morning around seven. Fifteen degrees. Friday, February 10, 2017. When icicles hang by the wall, And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom bears logs into the hall, And milk comes frozen home in pail, When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-whit; Tu-who, a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson’s saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian’s nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs hiss... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Sunday, January 1, 2017. Thursday morning, February 9, 2017. Actually, there were probably lots of times when Pop was smarter than Galbraith, but I’m thinking of this one time in particular that I know of for sure because I was there The six foot-nine inch U.S. Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith (Guess which one he is) with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during Jackie’s visit to India in March of 1962, twenty years before five foot-six inch Pop Mannion proved himself smarter than Galbraith, at least on the subject of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Wednesday night, February 8, 2017. 79th & Broadway: The Free Republic of the Upper West Side. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD #NYC #StreetScene @agreatbigcity #streetphotography #UWS pic.twitter.com/wrC1xAVFhx — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) February 9, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Wednesday evening, February 8, 2017. On the #waterfront: Harbingers of spring. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD #sunset #HudsonRiver #nyc @agreatbigcity #bigapple #nyclife #seeyourcity pic.twitter.com/twvzyVabnn — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) February 6, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Monday. February 6, 2017. 9:30 PM. 28 degrees. No wind. Did something tonight I haven’t done in a long, long time. Took a night walk. Didn’t go far. Up the street and back, two times. Can’t remember last time I went for a walk at night. Was back before I started having back problems, although maybe that I stopped going for walks at night was a early warning sign. Low white clouds with lots of breaks and tears of different lengths and widths. Only three stars in view to the south. Two stars and a planet. One's probably Jupiter. To... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Monday night, February 6, 2017. Tuesday. January 31, 2017. 6:48 PM. 26 degrees. I'm snowed in at Oliver Mannion's college library! He’s working tonight. I drove him in, planning to head over Barnes & Noble and wait there until he shift ends at 8, but the roads were pretty bad when we started out and they've gotten worse. So I'm just hanging out here till he’s done and hoping the plows do their job and the snow tapers off or we're stuck. The good news is the library has a snack bar that's open till 9 and they serve... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Falstaff, I'm a Boston fan. I spent four years in the bleachers at Fenway.
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Monday morning, February 6, 2017. If you were rooting against the Patriots because they’re “Trump’s team,” remind yourself what state they’re from One of the rare times in his career when he’s looked mortal: “Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasleyk, left, pressures New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of Super Bowl 51 in Houston on Sunday, February 05, 2017” Staff photo by Matt Stone courtesy of the Boston Herald. Me, tweeting from my Super Bowl party of one: I hope Falcon fans aren't getting their hopes up yet. The Patriots do this all the time, spot their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, February 5, 2017. There was a protest rally in Poughkeepsie yesterday afternoon. Poughkeepsie isn’t that far from here. Just across the river. Forty-five minute drive. So I had no excuse. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ The little boy in the second photo with his “Don’t Be a big Bully! Trump” poster probably isn’t a Black Bloc anarchist. He was just dressed for the weather. It was 30 degrees with a stiff breeze. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, February 4, 2017. We tell ourselves stories in order to live, said Joan Didion. Really we tell ourselves stories in order to live with ourselves “Hail to me, I’m the Chief!” Our new President cheers himself on as he sets out unselfishly to make America great again. Photo courtesy of Our Mr President Trump himself. Oh brother. Overheard by Rick Perlstein at the inauguration of Our New Mr President Trump: The lady next to me lives in Maryland, but is originally from Vermont. She wanted Ben Carson to win the nomination. (Her daughter, she told me, married... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, February 2, 2017. The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, looking northeast from North Montgomery Street, Newburgh, New York. Seven-fifty a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Adapted from the Twitter feed, Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017. Thing to keep in mind about the junior senator from New York is she's the junior senator from New York! Senator Kirstin Gillibrand of New York Here's my secret which isn't much of a secret: Back before HRC declared, when it was still a question whether she would run, I was hoping she wouldn't. But not for the conventional reasons. You know: She wasn't liberal enough. She was too compromised by her Wall Street ties. She would lose or find a way to lose. No coronations. No dynasties. Et cetera,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017. I wish somebody would tell us what the Democrats are supposed to do about being outvoted in both houses of Congress? I know what they can't do. Win any vote that divides along party lines. That's the obvious one. But they also can't make us feel like Donald Trump isn't president and the GOP doesn't hold all the cards. And they can't make us feel good about that or make us feel less worried, less anxious, less depressed, less frustrated… And they can't make those of us who are inclined to do so to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday night, January 31, 2017. High hopes amid high temperatures fuel a hunt for ancient rock art in Namibia https://t.co/bIvdl3rbjQ — NatGeoTravel (@NatGeoTravel) January 30, 2017 Brandberg means “fire mountain” in German and the local Afrikaans, a literal translation of the tribal Damara name, Dâures. The appellation wasn’t inspired by the scorching temperatures but by the glowing scarlet color of the massif first at sunrise, then at sunset. Geologically, the almost perfectly circular formation some 20 miles in diameter is one of the most unusual mountains on Earth, a product of the splitting of the ancient continent of Gondwana... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, January 31, 2017. Sometimes I think Matthew 25:31-46 is about all the Scripture anyone needs to know. President Trump's refugee and migrant policies are manifestly unchristian and utterly contrary to the Gospels: https://t.co/E8qSPlvR1i — James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) January 28, 2017 “President Trump has announced that he will order the construction of a Mexican border wall, the first in a series of actions to crack down on immigrants, which will include slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, and blocking Syrians and others from what are called ‘terror-prone nations’ from entering, at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Lance Mannion