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Photos taken Sunday morning, May 21, 2017. Finally blasted out of my phone, Saturday morning, May 27. On the north bank of the Mohawk River, Alplaus, New York, about 8:00 this morning. Sunday, May 21, 2017. If you’re familiar with the geography of New York State, it might strike you at first glance as funny that, one hundred and seventy miles from the nearest salt water, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, not far upstream from that famous seaside resort town of Schenectady, there is a Capital Region Maritime Center. Calling it the Capital Region Riparian Center would... Continue reading
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CVB, thanks for catching that. I fixed it.
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Posted Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017. “Please, President Trump, sir. I want some more.” They hate us. All of us. The budget makes that plain. Before it’s a financial or policy document, it’s a manifesto. A declaration in numbers of how much they hate us. They hate the poor, that's obvious. They hate and despise and fear the poor, especially if they're brown. But they hate the sick too. And the old, at least everyone irresponsible enough to get old without having put together a $500,000 portfolio. They hate children. Other people's children, of course. They dote on and spoil... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday night, May 24, 2017. Astronaut Helen Kane is disappointed by her dreams: On Earth, Helen has had many dreams about being in space, but usually these involve minor aggravations, spooled out slowly. Failing to cap off her squeeze bottle properly in microgravity and spending hours cleaning up her soup. Realizing at step seventy of a hundred-step checklist that she missed step five and must begin again. An alarm bell that will not stop ringing no matter what she does. She has never dreamed, on Earth, of walking in space. This is a source of frustration: why does her... Continue reading
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Posted Wednesday afternoon, May 24, 2017. I’d walk out on Mike Pence too. Then I’d walk back in just so I could walk out on him again. Notre Dame graduates walk out of their own graduation ceremony to protest the policies of commencement speaker Vice-President Mike Pence and the man he works for, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Photo by Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune, courtesy of AP via WeStandforND. One of my terrifically talented and intelligent nieces graduated from college last week. My nephews are all talented and intelligent too, but last Saturday was her day. I was just getting... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
Thanks for the catch, Charles. The picture was taken in 1897. I made the correction.
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Posted Sunday morning, May 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of the FDR Library and Museum. Following up on the post below, A New Deal for Geese: Birds became an object of serious study for Franklin Roosevelt when he was very young, and by the time he was fifteen---which is how old he was in 1897 [Corrected: thanks to Charles Sperling] when this picture was taken---he’d become a published ornithologist and an acknowledged local authority on the birds of the Hudson River Valley area around the Roosevelt family estate in Hyde Park. But in order to study birds up close, he’d had... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, May 21, 2017. Waiting for their crews. On the banks of the Mohawk River. Alplaus, New York. This morning, around nine. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Sunday, May 14, 2017. Their characteristic “sagacity, wariness, strength, and fidelity” made Canada Geese “models for man,” in the eyes of a naturalist Francis H. Kortright. What they were in the eyes of Franklin Roosevelt were a species worth preserving and, once in a while, a target and a meal. Photo by Gidzy via Wikipedia. Driving home from picking up Oliver from work last night, we had to stop to let a band of Canada Geese cross the road... Lance? Yes? Why did the Canada Goose cross the road? I don’t know. Tell me. Why did the Canada Goose cross... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Thursday. 9:42 a.m. Ken Mannion’s college campus. 83 degrees. Sun blazing. Thin undergrad in a periwinkle blue mini sundress, light brown ponytail with a twist over her shoulder, walking up toward the student union under a battered black umbrella that rides on her shoulder like a parasol in a painting by Winslow Homer. Not to far behind her a young male professor with brown beard and close cropped hair, wearing sunglasses and lighting up a cigarette. Shakes match to extinguish it. Exhales a long white cloud of smoke. Detail from Long Branch, New Jersey by Winslow Homer. Courtesy of the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks. Saturday, May 13, 2017. Posted Tuesday, May 16. I know, there are more imperative things to be mad about right now, but I have to get my venting about this out of the way before I can write about those other things…however! Even if we’re in the final days of President Trump (which I’ll believe it when I see it), the Republicans are going to still control Congress for the next two years and they don’t intend to give up their goal of making life miserable for as many of the not-rich as they can. You... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017. The con artist of the deal shilling for his own book on the campaign trail. Photo by Maggie Schwalm/AP via the Guardian. Editor’s note: Business Insider’s Josh Barro had a couple of tweets this morning reflecting on how our Mister President Trump’s supposed skills as a businessman and his boasted talents as an artist of the deal don’t seem to be helping him with the art of presidenting. “We've learned the ‘Villagers’ knew something about what it takes to be president and folk wisdom about how to run a country was wrong,” Barro wrote... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday evening, May 12, 2017. Photo of once upon a time Governor of Alabama George Corley Wallace via Democracy Now! Why does this character sound so familiar? The root of the Wallace magic was a cynical, showbiz instinct for knowing exactly what issues would whip a hall full of beer-drinking factory workers into a frenzy---and then doing exactly that, by howling down from the podium that he an instant, overnight cure for all their worst afflictions: Taxes? Nigras? Army worms killing the turnip crop? Whatever it was, Wallace assured his supporters that the solution was actually real simple, and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday morning, May 12, 2017. Reminder: History doesn’t repeat. Mostly it echoes. But sometimes it mirrors, and sometimes the mirror is a funhouse mirror… You've read other pieces on the Saturday Night Massacre. But did *they* have a cabbie demanding Nixon's castration? https://t.co/7sk98g31su — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 10, 2017 After the Saturday Night Massacre, Americans made their fury clear. Outside the White House, pickets lined Pennsylvania Avenue, carrying signs that urged drivers to "Honk for Impeachment." As one reporter noted, from dawn to dusk there wasn't a single moment when "two to two dozen horns were not... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, May 11, 2017. You’ve probably noticed, coffee’s a major theme of this blog. At a good diner somewhere in the wilds of Newburgh, New York. Around 7:30 this morning. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday night, May 10, 2017. She was an artist, she knew it. This proved it, this thinking. She was maybe the only real artist, because she did not want to display her art. People who showed their art, and sold it, were just people who sold things. They might as well be making donuts or futons or socks. They got to call it art for some reason that was totally unclear to her, that was, in fact, made up. What gave them the right to say that what they made was art? Because they had feelings about it? People... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday evening, May 10, 2017. Corrected Thursday morning, May 11. See below. I'm doing homework. It's for a post I'm writing about the Hillman Prizes. Introducing David Fahrenthold, winner of this year’s prize for newspaper journalism---frosting on the cake of his Pulitzer---Ta-Nehisi Coates recalled days long gone by when people were predicting that blogs would put an end to longform journalism. Now, said Coates, no one blogs anymore. I’m pretending I didn’t hear him. My homework is reading poetry. Specifically, some poems by Hayden Carruth, who for the moment has become my favorite poet even though he’s not. And... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Wednesday morning, May 10, 2017. When the corrupt mayor fires the incompetent chief of police, the story isn’t the chief’s incompetence, it’s the mayor’s corruption. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017. Mass has ended, go in peace to love and serve your money: “Members of Congress left for recess after passing the health care bill at the Capitol in Washington last week. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times”. This article by Jeremy W. Peters in the New York Times, A Republican Principle Is Shed in the Fight on Health Care, lays out in detail what I was trying to get at the other day when I wrote that one of the forces driving the Republicans to repeal Obamacare is religious fervor. Many Republicans... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday morning, May 9, 2017. New posts below but before scrolling down, please read: I've been invited to cover the presentation of the Hillman Prizes again. I wasn't able to go to the last two presentations because of my back problems but I'm feeling up to the trip this year. Physically. Financially, as always, that's a challenge. The ceremony's tonight in New York City and I'm asking for a little help with the gas, tolls, and parking. If you like what goes on around here and you enjoy my reports from the road---and you can swing it---please consider making... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Monday, April 17, 2017. Posted Sunday afternoon, May 7. King of Prussia. Have to tell you. The crew of baristas at our local B&N have got me spoiled. They know me and greet me by name. They smile and sound glad to see me. If they've spotted me entering the store, they'll have my coffee waiting for me when I reach the counter. Half of them have my membership number memorized. The others feel guilty that they don't and apologize for having to ask. They're friendly and generally genuinely cheerful. They're not chatty, and they're certainly... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks. Saturday, April 29, 2017. Posted Saturday morning, May 6. Mowed the lawn this morning. This is news for two reasons. First is...I. Mowed. The lawn! Haven't done that myself in I can't remember how long. Ken and Oliver took over the lawn mowing duties a long time ago. But I regularly pitched in until my back problems made that impossible. So it’s been at least three years. I've been worried about the slow progress I've made recovering from the surgery. Seems to me I ought to be climbing mountains and lifting cars by their bumpers by... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday night, May 4, 2017. Our vain and failing President bragging about Republicans in the House passing a bill that condemns thousands of people to death in order to cut taxes on the rich and give him something to make him feel like a real President. Photo by Evan Vucci/AP, courtesy of AP, via Mother Jones. The main force driving today's vote in the House to repeal Obamacare---and that's what the Republicans voted to do, they're just pretending they're replacing it with something they're calling, with much cynical laughing up sleeves, the Affordable Health Care Act, as if anyone... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Here's the view I treated myself to along with my coffee this morning. Chadwick Lake Park. Town of Newburgh. Around 8 this morning, Thursday, May 4, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Originally posted Monday, September 28, 2015. Reposted Wednesday morning, May 3, 2017. In light of the political press corps’ triumphant embrace of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign for its seeming exoneration of their collective failure in their coverage of the Presidential campaign and their hysterical umbrage at Hillary Clinton’s having the temerity to still imply they played a role in getting us President Trump, I thought it would be a good time to repost this one from the fall of 2015, which I would now file under the heading “From the Department of Shoulda Seen It Coming”. Make sure... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Lance Mannion