BOOK REVIEW: The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region

I found this book inspiring — not just because of its subject but because the author, Tom Calarco, has created such a meticulous and readable account of what is, after all, a rather esoteric corner of American history – the existence and operation of the Underground Railroad in one relatively small...

What Can I Write?

Osama Bin Laden is dead. I am overcome with emotion.  I want to write, but I have no clue where to begin as there are literally dozens of ideas racing about my head so I am going to write a few micro stories and hope to get as many of my ideas out. Why I am Happy How does one react to news of this...

Egypt is not Poland

So I am in San Francisco right now and have to be ready for a meeting in a few minutes, but I just wanted to get some quick thoughts out about what is going on in the middle east right now. My big worry with this is that while this is a good wake up call for for the totalitarian governments of the Arab...

What Was Missing in SOTU

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s former national security adviser, made a very good point on Morning Joe this morning about the content of the State of the Union. He noted that while almost all parts of the world that American foreign policy focuses on (Iraq, Afganistan, China, Pakistan,...

Statesman vs. Spin Doctor

I have a dirty secret today. After the SOTU, I took some time to relax, kick back, and watch the coverage on CNN. During Anderson Cooper, David Gergen faced off with Ari Fleischer. Now, typically on cable news the debates are either enraged shouting matches or what seems like a preplanned exchange of...

The Sound of a Broken Heart

Newly leaked documents reveal that the Palistinean Authority was willing to concede far more than ever imagined.  These concessions included ceding control of East Jerusalem, accepting limits on the right of return to 100 000, and letting Israel annex parts of the West Bank.  Israel said no.  Israel did not...

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