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Gapstow Bridge and Plaza Hotel in Fog

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Manhattan, A Photographer’s Journey by Henry Barnard

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Lame

More lame support for Israel by the Democrats. What do you expect from a party that wins election through fraud? Definitely not good government. We are in for a rough ride in the next 4 years. Lunatic policies and uncontrolled spending full of pure waste. In the 60s and 70s, this was the party of outstanding liberals who endorsed freedom of speech and other commendable values. Now it’s the party of thoughtless rabble rousers who really don’t give a shit for the country and its history…who actually want to see the country torn down.

Illegitimate?

Bubbles

The Federal Reserve put is well entrenched. Their mandates used to be to hold inflation in check and to promote high employment. They are still interested in promoting high employment, but they want now to CAUSE inflation, and the number one priority in the last decade and counting is to see to it that the stock market keeps going higher and never fails. They are the true custodians of the stock market. Since they have an unlimited balance sheet, they think they are in control of things. We shall see. The skeptics think instead they are just making a dangerous bubble bigger and bigger.

Trump’s Platform

Illiberal Liberals

In the day that LBJ wanted to usher in the “Great Society” with a whole slew of liberal reforms, the typical liberal was 100% behind the doctrine of free speech as represented in the 1st Amendment. This was a cardinal commitment of the liberal agenda way back then in the 60s. It was such a fervent commitment that the ACLU went out of its way to protect the free-speech rights of such heinous groups as the American Nazi movement and affiliated white-supremacists. According to the ACLU, such groups had an absolute right to voice their point of view, as guaranteed by federal law in the 1st Amendment.

But so-called liberals today have abandoned this principle of freedom of all speech in favor of endorsing the suppression of “hate speech,” as defined by them. According to them, and now according to the once venerable ACLU, those exhibiting what the liberals decide is hate speech should have no such right to freedom of speech. And of course the liberals can employ their Antifa street gangs to shout down anyone who dares to express opinions contrary to what the liberals deem to be commendable — Antifa acting in a way not dissimilar to the way the Brown Shirts in Germany in the 1930s went after any opposition in the streets. So I ask you, isn’t this new “liberal” — so illiberal in fact — a pretty dismal comparison to the liberals of the 60s and 70s?

As for suppressing hate speech, that is a very very slippery slope to tread, as the hate speech the liberals try to disparage with strong-arm tactics today may turn out to be their speech tomorrow.

Nothing Good

Retiree

Morning stroll.

Crossing a bridge over a busy highway.
Below, cars jockey for position.
At high speed, they dart in and out,
Passing one another,
Frantic to get somewhere quickly,
No matter the risk.

I walk on.

Every forty yards or so, I hear the next birdsong…
Each repetitive, but musical and unique, and therefore beguiling.
Relentless, they call out for a mate every morning.
They are so determined,
And will not be denied this.

Now in my 70s, I am in no hurry to get anywhere.
Nor do I need to mate.
What’s left?
Musing from quiet observations.