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HRC: 70 years after the death of FDR
Most likely by chance, Hillary Clinton chose the 70th anniversary of the death of the greatest liberal President, FDR, to announce her entry into the 2016 Presidential race. FDR was, arguably, ...
samsoneyes 04/12/2015 9 6 1 -
We are all non-believers
The Curious Mental Glaucoma of Religious Adherents This universal scepticism being an absolute truth about human beings, it is sublimely arrogant of any human – including atheists – to assert ...
samsoneyes 04/11/2015 7 11 - -
The Best Possible Arnold Burns
You're the author of your own life. And sometimes you get writer's block. Lessons of an old play and a pretty new song.
samsoneyes 04/06/2015 2 1 - -
On the Street Where You Live
Great teachers see you, not only who you pretend to be, but you you really are - and who you really might become
samsoneyes 02/28/2015 2 4 - -
The New Red Menace Redux
" The New Red Menace is a domestic movement within the U.S.A. It is not an ethnic, religious or nationalist unit in the traditional sense (although it has powerful ethnic, religious and ...
samsoneyes 02/24/2015 1 1 - -
So I asked a Republican...
What do you think of a faction that would tear down Homeland Security, to stop an immigration bill that barely begins to bring civility to the treatment of illegal immigrants? And this is what he ...
samsoneyes 02/24/2015 54 117 1 -
The "J.V. team" reaches the quarter-finals
A year ago the Islamic State (ISIS) seemed ludicrous. The President called them "the Junior Varsity team" of terror. Perhaps so, but through the skillful use of weaponry and propaganda, this ...
samsoneyes 02/22/2015 6 2 - -
The Quiet One
Inspired by comments about another "favorite Beatle", George Harrison. It takes wisdom to see what is beautiful in this material world, while trying to see the beauty beneath. It takes commitment ...
samsoneyes 02/21/2015 3 3 - -
Artificial Hipsters
To act anew, we must think anew and to think anew, we must experience the new. So our minds must be open. Think young, sure, but don’t think you’re young when you’re not. Don’t kid yourself,
samsoneyes 02/17/2015 73 27 - -
The anti-vaxxers don't believe in ISIS, either
The doctor is in. To be in denial about ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram et al, is to be no smarter than the anti-vaxxer crowd. Winston Churchill can tell you.
samsoneyes 02/16/2015 12 - - -
I'll have what she's having: RomComs Part 2
The great era of American and British romantic comedies - running from the late 80s to the early 21st Century - mirrored the glossy, mortgaged, easy times before 9/11 and the financial meltdown. ...
samsoneyes 02/16/2015 49 19 2 -
The RomCom around the Corner - 1
"As with Dolly the cloned sheep, the absence of fresh DNA has resulted in a romcom population which is but a pale, infertile copy of the original. It looks like a sheep – and you might even get ...
samsoneyes 02/15/2015 5 3 - -
Trapped in a Cage of Flames
What went through the mind of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh as he faced death, may not be as important as what went through the mind of the men setting him on fire. https://davidkeithlaw....
samsoneyes 02/14/2015 9 - 1 -
8 minutes proving the value of public health care
There's nothing one can write, that better captures the importance of public health care, than this beautiful speech by 91 year old Harry Smith of Britain. Describing the wrenching poverty and ...
samsoneyes 02/11/2015 3 4 - -
The Disabled List
The Oscars may be all-white but they're still disabled. The portrayal of disability in American film is a strong indicator of awards success:
samsoneyes 01/18/2015 1 4 - -
Je Suis Tired of the Cynics
The Paris March, the #JeSuisCharlieHebdo and all the other hash tags - all of it - bring the cynics out in full force. Don't be one of them. And if you’re going to be afraid, be afraid of ...
samsoneyes 01/11/2015 6 18 - -
The Charlie Hebdo Volunteer Brigade
The victims of terror – including journalists – are never at fault for being attacked. The moral responsibility rests only on those who commit or abet the crimes. And we must NEVER blame media ...
samsoneyes 01/08/2015 2 3 - -
The Blank Page
New Year's Day is a completely arbitrary choice of day to give yourself a chance to imagine a better world, inside and out.
samsoneyes 01/01/2015 3 6 1 -
melting down death into beauty
#UXO (unexploded ordnance, bombs and other materials) litter the world but particularly the unfortunate land of Laos, which soaked up 2 million tons of U.S. weaponry during the illegal Secret War. ...
samsoneyes 12/07/2014 9 7 - -
From the waters of Wellfleet
samsoneyes 11/09/2014 2 1 - -
Two years ago...
On the brink of what may be a truly awful Tuesday, here's a trip down memory lane to a really happy Wednesday morning - November 7, 2012. There can and will be happier Wednesdays someday. http:/
samsoneyes 11/02/2014 1 1 - -
Jian Ghomeshi & the Squadron of Cowards
The Jian Ghomeshi case demonstrates how difficult it can to be brave and how easily bullies win through the silent complicity of the less-than-brave.
samsoneyes 11/01/2014 15 18 - -
IKEA and the Key to Happiness
The Allen Key, ubiquitous six sided tool of Billy-assemblers everywhere, has a history rooted in worker safety....who knew?
samsoneyes 10/28/2014 60 39 2 -
why can't we say what the soldier said?
The United States may not be perfect, but it can teach Canadians a great deal about celebrating the shared civic code handed-down by the Founders.
samsoneyes 10/24/2014 13 17 1 -
The Morning Crew
Ottawa on the morning of the shootings, and Ottawa the morning after.
samsoneyes 10/23/2014 7 21 - -
I'm running for Mommy
The Run for the Cure brings thousands out on a cool October morning, raising money for breast cancer research. But it raises more than that. It is easy to feel grim about the state of the world, ...
samsoneyes 10/05/2014 7 5 - -
Swords into Ploughshares
The Good Book says to beat our swords into ploughshares. But we must have swords, and be prepared to sometimes wield them as weapons, not farm implements, to protect the farm and the harvest. It ...
samsoneyes 09/30/2014 43 11 - -
"Once" and the ways we use each other
"Once: the Musical" is a stage version of the 2007 Irish film "Once", a slight and charming tale of love and music. Its theme, "Falling Slowly" won the Oscar for Best Song. The story is at once ...
samsoneyes 09/27/2014 16 25 1 -
The Scots Choose
Scotland's independence referendum excites romantic feeling among people who have no clue what they're talking about. The "indyref" offers Scots a choice between remaining part of the most ...
samsoneyes 09/17/2014 64 6 - -
so if it's raining, have no regrets
Growing up with alcoholics offers you something rare in life: the chance, if you're lucky, to see your parents grow up.
samsoneyes 09/13/2014 4 6 1 -
the very best kind of cancer
"You have the very best kind of cancer" the doctor said. The kind that doesn't kill you - it just seems to make you neurotic.
samsoneyes 09/07/2014 10 6 2 -
four funerals but no wedding
The "greatest generation" dwindles daily. This summer, one small community has buried too many.
samsoneyes 09/06/2014 6 11 - -
two more reasons NOT to look at the ISIS videos, or the jlaw pictures
At first blush it may seem unreasonable to compare watching the ISIS murder videos to the "frappening" naked photo leaks. Obviously these are very different things. But there are similar reasons ...
samsoneyes 09/03/2014 44 14 - -
Our Guns of August
Was August 2014 our version of August 1914? Or are we just drowning in so much over-hyped bad news that the world looks worse than it is?
samsoneyes 09/01/2014 38 18 - -
Playing Tennis in Gaza
There is a right side and a wrong side in the Gaza conflict. But the fact that I am right and you are wrong, or vice versa, is not going to deliver a durable peace or justice to anyone. And the ...
samsoneyes 07/26/2014 23 4 - -
what the head makes cloudy
the heart makes very clear The great Don Henley is dean of The School of Romantic ...
samsoneyes 07/11/2014 4 7 1 -
who wants to go camping?
One summer long ago, four city lads got behind the wheel of a big honking Ford and went "camping", with a fortress made of beer cases. No doubt kids are still doing it today. http://...
samsoneyes 07/10/2014 29 37 - -
Little Robots
What belongs on your teenager's reading list? Is it the story of girls 150 years in the past, who you want her to be like? Or is it a story depicting the timeless agony of being trapped inside ...
samsoneyes 07/05/2014 5 21 1 -
how to give a wedding speech
With marriage equality, there are more weddings than ever. That's good for the wedding industry but may be tough on you, if you have to give a speech. Toasting the bride & bride, the groom & ...
samsoneyes 07/01/2014 17 32 4 -
the unanswered question: meep meep
If you can't seem to answer the basic questions of your life, maybe you're just not listening to the answers.
samsoneyes 07/01/2014 1 1 - -
Dick Cheney's special place in Hell
I get all kinds of email. It is interesting to see what people are up to. It is difficult to remember or imagine a more shameless, shameful and hypocritical performance from public figures as ...
samsoneyes 06/20/2014 17 5 - -
Are you happy yet?
If you don't know how to answer that, you are not alone. To know if you are happy means to know what you value. To know what you value means to know who you truly are. And to know who you truly ...
samsoneyes 06/14/2014 26 17 - -
How to climb down a Mountain
The U.S. National Forest and National Park Service are examples of government creating and preserving public goods against private gain. They are part of a century's old legacy of reform and ...
samsoneyes 06/10/2014 16 27 2 -
Taking what you haven't paid for
If the writers of John Legend's "All of Me" earned just 1 penny per Youtube hit, they'd have a million dollars now for their efforts. But they don't - songwriters earn a pittance. You literally "...
samsoneyes 06/06/2014 4 2 - -
Out of the Running
Life is the process of learning new ways to hurt yourself. As I have, trying to run. And with each new set of muscles I have put to work, I have been hurt. People tell me I will heal, but it still ...
samsoneyes 05/25/2014 15 24 - -
There is no middle ground between right and wrong
Abraham Lincoln's seminal address to the Cooper's Union in early 1860 vaulted him into the pantheon of anti-slavery federalists, and helped make him President. Secession was about protecting a ...
samsoneyes 05/22/2014 7 1 - -
French Rocket Science
Paris in the 80's: a hot summer night, the blueprints for a rocket, a bottle of vodka and a girl behind the Iron Curtain.
samsoneyes 05/19/2014 14 25 - -
don't be fooled by what you believe
Just before Christmas 2013, I wrote a lengthy diary called “Songbird over the Rainbow.” Ostensibly about two musicians (Eva Cassidy and Christine McVie), it was really about the revolutionary ...
samsoneyes 05/15/2014 2 1 - -
The Bruno Gianelli Rule
The Bruno Gianelli Rule , long form: liberals should stop hiding from the word "liberal", should shake off the lies told about them and should call out the Republicans for what they truly are. ...
samsoneyes 05/12/2014 1 1 - -
the trick is to not exist
Mother’s Day, like most secular holidays in the western world, is indisputably about milking sentiment to sell things. Still, if the sentiment is sincere and received with gratitude (generally ...
samsoneyes 05/11/2014 8 31 - -
The young person’s mistake is believing there’s an unlimited amount of present to waste on the way to the future; the older person’s mistake is to believe the past is the path forward. Both ...
samsoneyes 05/04/2014 1 4 - -
Guns and the Wrong Metaphor
Diarist's new note: a helpful reader provides a link to the Center for Disease Control which offers lower gun-death numbers than quoted in my diary. That link is:
samsoneyes 04/29/2014 48 4 - -
It's too bad that Bundy is a racist
It is a pity Cliven Bundy turned out to be a vocal racist, because the evil slime oozing from his mouth obscures the other drivel he spouts: that he is entitled to your money to feed his cows. Mr.
samsoneyes 04/27/2014 13 5 - -
The Starbucks Circle of Life
An rainy hour at Starbucks, is like scuba diving along a coral reef.
samsoneyes 04/26/2014 16 43 - -
Our Last Lunch
" Vegetarian food may be good for you, but it can't make you see, what you don't want to see ."
samsoneyes 04/22/2014 22 74 3 -
The New Red Menace threatening America
"Today, George W. Bush is the Lee Harvey Oswald of modern American politics: whether he pulled the trigger or not, you can’t help but blame him, all the while doubting such a person could really ...
samsoneyes 04/22/2014 8 8 1 -
take a hammer and swing
Why do we write? Why do we read? ... the real world inside, can never die. We are too seldom in that world, but you just have to take a hammer to one hard place and swing. When you do, amazing ...
samsoneyes 04/19/2014 1 1 - -
Should Justice Ginsburg Go?
American democracy is slowly drowning in money. If the country has any chance of reversing the current Gilded Age, it needs judicial lifeguards willing, able and available to throw out the lifeline ...
samsoneyes 04/11/2014 30 5 - -
Nelson Mandela and Pieces of the True Cross
In the crucible of long captivity, he was forged into something strong yet flexible, resolute yet forgiving. Trapped in a jail cell the most a man can be, perhaps, is full of love and patience. ...
samsoneyes 04/06/2014 1 1 - -
The Big Equal Sign
When morning came, the world and all of us in it, were a few hours older. Our troubles and the things that need fixing around us, were all still there. Each of us opened our eyes alone. So did you.
samsoneyes 04/06/2014 8 19 - -
There's a Place for Us (The Wedding Singer)
Being a wedding singer is sometimes more difficult than being the bride or groom.
samsoneyes 04/02/2014 1 1 - -
The Lift Bridge
A road race, an old friend's epic saga of running 150 kilometers to raise money for a hospital, and the writer's return to the place he started out: a lift bridge. For a version with photographs, ...
samsoneyes 03/31/2014 10 9 - -
Flashback 2011
I happened by accident this morning upon something I wrote the day after the very first debate of GOP Presidential nominating process, back in June 2011. Only one thing was memorable about that ...
samsoneyes 03/28/2014 3 - - -
the strange and different
are not necessarily evil. funny how the most progressive among us forget that ...
samsoneyes 03/27/2014 5 1 - -
wait a minute baby...redux
My "list of ten things that ought to be invented" is not so inventive, apparently.
samsoneyes 03/24/2014 5 1 - -
London Town
are you running out of chances? can we play the game too long and too hard, and then just run dry?
samsoneyes 03/23/2014 20 20 - -
we are all on that airplane
The passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 must never have known what was coming, or else surely, someone would have made a call to say "I love you." Why do we have to be there, in that moment,
samsoneyes 03/12/2014 24 34 - -
Mitchy Trigger Finger
"This is how big a dick I am"
samsoneyes 03/09/2014 7 3 - -
Miss America: Babs, Doris, Jo, Kate and Scout
This International Women's Day, a short tribute to just five of the great American women who shaped our world and stand as heroic figures.
samsoneyes 03/08/2014 2 4 - -
The Crimean Anschluss: the dangers of Putinism, Part 2
One week ago I asked, if the Russians were prepared to spend $51 billion on a TV show, what might they spend for something truly valuable? This weekend we see an answer. The West faces the ...
samsoneyes 03/02/2014 36 5 - -
there's a Songza in my Heart
it doesn't take much to send someone a link - just some thoughtfulness perhaps, and a few key strokes it's the thought that counts
samsoneyes 03/01/2014 6 7 1 -
"The private life is dead in Russia:" the dangers of Putinism
The classic conservative means of extracting support is to exploit the most personal, the most intimate, the most sentimental elements of life to hold power. That's what the American Republican pro-...
samsoneyes 02/22/2014 3 5 - -
KosCanada blogs too
KosCanada is a new group intended to bring together Canadian contributors and to help steer readers towards content from way up here in the true north, strong and free. The main address for the ...
samsoneyes 02/17/2014 6 4 - -
it's a blog about nothing
A robot built much of your car. A robot washes your car. Why do you still have to get out of the car to put gas in it? This and nine other inventions desperately needed by a spoiled segment of ...
samsoneyes 02/17/2014 8 - - -
In the very small shoes of Ellen Page
Okay, so a tall, white, straight, Anglo-Saxon North American male professional cannot really know the experience of prejudice others live with. Maybe if we imagine a world where a straight person ...
samsoneyes 02/17/2014 45 49 1 -
if you are not a scientist, please shut up about climate change this winter
"Glass is a liquid except when you touch it" and other impossible-to-disprove theories coming to the Internet this winter. It would be nice if people trying to prove or disprove man-made climate ...
samsoneyes 02/16/2014 10 2 - -
The Tiger Test
Was it the right decision? I’m not sure that really mattered. There are hazards and a price to everything. Maybe all we can do is learn how to make decisions, and do the best we can choosing.
samsoneyes 02/15/2014 15 35 - -
if I speak in the tongues of men or of angels
Valentine's Day is of course different things to different souls. You may cherish its tender little rituals or loathe its heavy handed coercion. But the day is a reminder of the simple fact and ...
samsoneyes 02/14/2014 4 6 - -
Berry, Abbey and McPhee
The parlous state of the natural environment, the grinding cost of the modern industrial-agricultural complex and the dehumanizing effects of our obsession with productivity are recurring themes in ...
samsoneyes 02/10/2014 3 10 - -
Why judge Woody Allen?
We must confront the possibility that serious and important viewpoints, fossilized in our minds, are wrong. And even if our foundational opinions aren’t “wrong” in the sense of being ...
samsoneyes 02/09/2014 19 2 - -
Judging Woody Allen, Part 2
"The heart wants what the heart wants" Mr. Allen said, explaining his decision to take up with the daughter of his spouse. Yes, it does. But why did his heart want this? And why was that the only ...
samsoneyes 02/08/2014 156 5 - -
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a beautiful artist – the best male actor living, to my eyes. He left half his life un-lived. It is tragic, but the tragedy is not in the roles he will not play. ...
samsoneyes 02/04/2014 15 3 - -
Judging Woody Allen, Part 1
Prejudiced means pre-judged. Which, if you are honest with yourself, is how you probably make many of your decisions. Okay, we need a baseline to start from. The question is, are we stuck on it? ...
samsoneyes 02/02/2014 109 9 - -
Please do not have Fun
Maybe we are educating our kids out of their minds.
samsoneyes 02/01/2014 5 12 - -
and the SOTU goes to...
The State of the Union is the Oscar Night of American politics: too long, too dull and facing a declining audience share. SOTU 2014 was like a demonstration of everything wrong with the political ...
samsoneyes 01/29/2014 7 1 - -
Guns exercise their constitutional rights yet again
The United States suffers from a severe, mass psychosis which makes it believe that guns have constitutional rights and people do not. The greatest American who ever lived, arguably, said that he ...
samsoneyes 01/28/2014 22 8 1 -
it's love equality, too
"You've got to be taught to hate and fear" wrote Rodgers and Hammerstein all those decades ago, in "South Pacific." How strange that we persist in it, when it brings only grief to the hated and the ...
samsoneyes 01/26/2014 1 3 - -
Drunk on Fame, or life on the rocks
It is easy to sneer when a teen idol, such as Justin Bieber, flings himself into disaster with drugs and booze. There has been much mockery of the kid leading up to and since his DUI arrest. Not ...
samsoneyes 01/24/2014 5 3 - -
Virginia's Bob McDonnell: not guilty...yet
As an attorney I always remind people that it is a very good thing the criminal justice system presumes us not guilty, until the state makes its case against us beyond a reasonable doubt. If you're ...
samsoneyes 01/21/2014 13 6 - -
blues don't run the game
"Les Miserables" is a story not so much of love and misery, but of the utter obstinacy of people more devoted to their own grief than to life around them. Perhaps you know someone like that. Don'...
samsoneyes 01/19/2014 12 11 - -
Wake up, Jack Bauer
everyone's favorite morally conflicted U.S. government torturer returns. on FOX of course
samsoneyes 01/19/2014 10 1 - -
Three Hundred Million Gun Nuts
The mental illness involved in gun violence is the idea that guns are sacred. Slavery used to be sacred too. For those who love America it is time for that love to become more real. It is time ...
samsoneyes 01/15/2014 25 19 1 -
Ready to take a Chance Again
Very often, the only way to care for someone is to leave them be. Or so I discovered, on a bus ride with the one I loved, many summers ago.
samsoneyes 01/12/2014 25 30 - -
this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you
the conditions of life seem tailor-made to break the will and spirit of even the strongest among us why do we remain so terrified of - and so ill-equipped to address - mental illness? http://...
samsoneyes 12/31/2013 2 13 - -
What are you doing New Year's Eve?
Maybe it’s much too early in the game, Oh but I thought I’d ask you just the same, What are you doing New Year’s? New Year’s Eve...
samsoneyes 12/27/2013 47 27 - -
Songbird over the Rainbow
This goes beyond art. It is about the people around us. If I can hear something old, anew through the voice of a long-dead stranger, can I hear something real in the voice of someone whom I think ...
samsoneyes 12/22/2013 28 28 - -
This Love of Mine
We have, in the past decade and a half, lurched over a cliff and are now in a free fall of taking. Those who are producing are, to quote Bob Dylan, “suffering under the law” which either ...
samsoneyes 11/24/2013 3 2 - -
JFK and the Awful Grace of God
If JFK had lived. But he did not, and his country and the world are the worse for it.
samsoneyes 11/21/2013 115 78 2 -
Rob Ford is the Drug
Rob Ford isn't just a drug user. Rob Ford is the drug that retail conservatism has become.
samsoneyes 11/14/2013 5 8 - -
Quebec's government chooses race hatred as an electoral tactic
The easiest thing in the world to do is point a finger at someone who looks different, and blame them for whatever your problems are. Surely we can all think of an example or two?
samsoneyes 09/16/2013 24 3 - -
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