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The Jehoshua Novels

Gabriel García Márquez | 1927-2014

Exuberant Master of Magic Realism

NYT -Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.

Oops- Another obit posted previously by Raja in Newswire.

Michael Ruppert commits suicide

Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon took his own life with a gunshot to the head Sunday night.

Cheering for the home team

If cheering for the home team, right or wrong, is the rule, then I am a bad example. If hoarding during times of want becomes the rule, then toss me from the protected zone. There will be no protected zone for those who lose empathy for others.

Down Or Out

The world in general and America in particular often seems like a house whose owners can no longer maintain it. It just gets more and more messy and run down as time passes. They know that eventually the roof will fall in but they neither fix it nor move out.

I’m sure my outlook [...]

Vietnam today is the country we wanted it to become.

I recently returned from two weeks in Vietnam. I hadn’t been to Vietnam since my “Uncle” sent me there in 1970. I’ve been to Thailand 20 times since 1978, so I’m not unfamiliar with Southeast Asia, and on the same trip, I spent 5 weeks in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

Vietnam today is the country [...]

We are sick

I’ve written little of late. It’s not that I don’t feel the need, but instead that it pains me so much to say what needs to be said. I am disgusted, dismayed and appalled by the direction my country has taken, the bluster and blunder of our leaders, facsimiles of honorable men and women from [...]

East of Eden

It’s early. The rain sounds harder than it actually is on the tin roof of our home. But the noise was enough to startle me out of slumber and into the cold. A worker left a battery charger connected to a manure spreader truck and I feared water might ruin the charger. So off [...]

Ariel Sharon – Coming and Going

Arial Sharon – Coming and Going. Finally.

    I stumbled across this on Open Culture today. It is long (53+ minutes) and the final version will be longer still. It is horrific to the point of emotional numbness. If you cannot watch it entirely, I understand, but I would suggest you at least try, if only [...]

Choices – Wrong Forking Road

Having arrived at Agonist in December ’09, I missed the early years, so I’ve been reading a lot of the Random Posts that show up in the lower left sidebar. Given the incessant barrage of Newsertainment and Infomercials that inundate us daily, it’s remarkable we are able to turn it off long enough to [...]

House of Cards

On contemplating some recent posts and comments thereon, I’ve been thinking again about how deeply entangled our lives are in the Great American Lifestyle.


New Year’s Eve Ramblings

I’ve enjoyed reading prognoses of the year to come, and even more, some who recapped prognostications from the year gone by. Makes one tentative to go off half-cocked in the prediction business. Not only did the world survive the dreaded 2012, we managed to get through the year afterword.

It’d be a mistake to think [...]

The Ten Most Important Stories of 2013

Some of these will not hit the radar as big stories of the year. For instance, I completely ignore the Edward Snowden saga as basically a footnote to history: he uncovered nothing, merely put it in the shop window, and you’ll notice it’s had all the lift of a lead balloon.

No, these are stories [...]

The Trouble with Liberals

I was watching FreeSpeechTV this morning.

(Side note: If you don’t get FreeSpeechTV on your television provider, switch to DISH Network, stat. You’re missing out on some amazing programming.)

In the course of a “commercial break” – FSTV does not accept sponsor ads or government assistance in order to stay completely independent. It is wholly [...]

What if they gave a riot…

Back in the ’60s, one hippie slogan was “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” Well, what if they gave a riot and everybody came?


Armistice Day

For irony, click the photo and note the banner.

Some few people have noted that November 11 was originally designated Armistice Day, and commemorated peace, not the glorification of war and warriors. It was that way when I was younger and was observed in a solemn mood; sober, thoughtful sadness. People wept – [...]