The Universal Spectator

Which would you be? The stormtroopers, or the victims?

A depressing and pessimistic essay or a cautionary tale? I have been thinking a lot about the Third Reich of late. It is hard not to. If I go dancing I must wear a mask and if I take it off to breathe or take a moment’s respite because with heart disease and asthma it […]

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September 11, 2001 – In memoriam, the 2,996

In memoriam, the 2,996. Twenty-one years later. We will never forget you…

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September 11, 2001: The Timeline

September 11, 2001: “Today: Less humid. Sunshine. High 79.” 6:00 AM: Polls open in New York City for primary elections. 7:59 AM: American Airlines Flight 11 [carrying 87 innocent people, including crew, excluding hijackers] takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport for Los Angeles. 8:00 AM: New York City public schools open for the fourth […]

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September 11, 2001

I will never forget. The tears still well up and my body tenses with anger whenever I see footage of that morning. Photos, videos, audio, it doesn’t matter. The site of the Twin Towers in movies, on TV, in print, always affects me the same way: A feeling of overwhelming loss, and a blinding rage […]

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August 24, 1992

Thirty years ago this morning. My family, and so many other families, remember. Never, ever underestimate what a hurricane can do.

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So, if it’s safe now, it was safe then? Ya don’t say!

My wife and I had COVID-19 in the last half of December last year. My relatively mild case — hers was worse — was mitigated by “prohibited” medicines and “questionable” treatments that the thoroughly corrupt medical establishment in our country demonized, along with those of us who wanted to choose our personal course of action. […]

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1984 – Compulsory Language

Decades ago, when the first rumblings of the need for gay marriage to be legalized came about, I was grappling with the issue. At first I was okay with the idea. I understood that for a member of a gay couple it would be easier if he was married and a hospital has visiting restricted […]

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July 26, 1953

Sixty nine years ago the island of my birth began its slow-motion slide into hell. The attack on the Moncada Barracks was the beginning of fidel castro’s revolution that would eventually turn Cuba into a third-world communist shithole. If you want to know everything about this event, read the late Tony de la Cova’s magisterial […]

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Old Glory

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July 4, 1776

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

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