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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips… Read More

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The Weekend Jazz Show

I love this tune, Brandenburg Gate, by the Dave Brubeck Quarter. In fact I’ve made it my ringtone for my phone. Dig Paul Desmond’s alto sax solo. Sublime! Paul declared that he endeavored to give his horn the sound of a dry martini.  His solo here is a… Read More

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America’s Alien Wars

During the past seventy years the United States has fought more wars and battles than I can count on the fingers of one hand. None of them have been authorized by declarations of war as prescribed by the US Constitution. The Korean War was termed… Read More

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Politically Correct

Astronaut: “Houston, we got a problem.” Houston: “We don’t have problems anymore. We have ISSUES.” Astronaut: “Dammit. We have a problem with the space station’s seal. There’s a leak.” Houston: “I repeat, commander. We don’t have problems. We have issues. It’s politically correct and  … Read More

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SAILOR, SPY

Among other skills, Roy Mancini excelled in sailboat racing. Here is how he describes it in the novel CHINA SEA. The following week I paid a visit to the Manila Yacht Club in search of a crewing position on a racing sailboat. During my high… Read More