For the new class of self-proclaimed progressives there is a tale of two cities, one privileged and one underprivileged. This dichotomous model comes right out of the Marxist playbook. However, despite its simplicity and repudiation of human nature, it continues to have appeal as President Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio can attest.
At Persepolis, stone carvings bear witness to tribute paid to Persian kings by other great rulers and former empires. Iran was once a great breadbasket of the world. But the Greeks stopped their advance and much of Iran is now a desert. But not America.
Scientists tell us that the thumb is the most significant anatomical item in the history of human development… but this commentator takes issue. Lacking the capacity for analysis and interpretation, humans would have inherited a useless anatomical advantage.
Last week the national buzz was about the latest crisis in the rollout of Obamacare. As part of the President’s advocacy of his health care plan, the promise was made that Americans could keep their health insurance plan if they wanted it.
There’s something strangely illusory in the approach (in less than a month) of the 69th Anniversary of the end of WWII. For those of us in the inexorably dwindling number of veterans in this category, there are the unsettling news stories of the “Right-Wing surge in Europe,” and the seemingly continuing inability of former allies (This nation included) to achieve peaceful resolutions to still volatile and incendiary ignitions. These are dramatically fuelled by the wars and continuing intolerance of nations, still at odds over the seeming inequities that defy our abilities to analyze and end them.
Election Day was a big one for the governor and other supporters of adding casinos in New York State. The proposition, which passed with 57% of the vote, will mean New York will add up to seven casinos in a state that already has nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals and five casinos located on Native America reservations.
A presumptive deal between the United States and Iran to curb the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions is regarded in the White House as a breakthrough, cutting the Gordian knot between intractability and persistence. Yet before the acclamation begins a cautionary note is warranted.