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All Men Must Die

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:09 AM

"Someday, perhaps, it will be pleasing to remember these things." -Virgil

My great-grandfather, Arthur, was a fatherless man. He was born black and Irish in the Deep South in the eleventh hour of the 19th century. He married Elizabeth, an immigrant from the Bahamas, and she bore them 17...

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Gunning for Senate Reform

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:06 PM

"I'll tell you this: No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn." -Jim Morrison

There's been a lot in the news this week about violence and the various ways Americans are trying to address its complex manifestations. On the gun violence front, the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday...

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Fear and Trembling and Bombs

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 10:04 PM

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..." Psalm 23:4

Hours ago, explosions went off in Boston at the end of that city's well-televised marathon. Legions of runners and spectators were flung into panic as emergency workers mobilized to secure people...

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Resulta que mi educación en una universidad de la Ivy League no vale un pimiento

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 4:10 AM

"Las naves, en la distancia, contienen los deseos de todos a bordo. Los de algunos llegan con la marea. Los de otros zarpan para siempre hacia el horizonte, sin desaparecer jamás de la vista pero sin llegar jamás, hasta que el observador aparte sus ojos, resignado, al ver que el...
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Turns Out My Ivy League Education Is Worth Squat

(17) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 9:03 AM

This week Huffington Post will highlight the personal stories of young people in five different countries trying to find work during the worst unemployment crisis in generations. In Europe, according to recent figures from the OECD, by January "more than one active youth in three were unemployed in...

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Scouting Tolerance

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 12:48 PM

As a child, I was taught that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Dad's particular corollary -- pick your battles, as it's not always worth it to be "right" -- has served him well in the Army, so I've long aspired to apply its wisdom to my life....

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Gun Culture and Its Discontents

(14) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:27 PM

In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, emotions are running high on all sorts of fronts. Some families are grieving lost loved ones; others are terrified for the safety and well-being of their children. Many Americans are wondering how on earth a bunch of elementary school kids -- who...

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These Convenient Machines

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 12:25 PM

The gods hiccupped yesterday. That is to say, Gmail and Facebook each went down for many users for several minutes or so. Predictably, everybody panicked (read: flocked to Twitter) and mocked each other's

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Fear and Consequence

(6) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 9:11 PM

"They remain in the same place: They expect taxes to go up on the wealthy and to protect Medicare and Medicaid benefits. They feel confident that they don't have to compromise." -- White House meeting attendee

"We have to make sure that people who vote for socialism feel...

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