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I finished "The Power and the Glory," another Graham Greene novel that concerns itself, obsessively, with religious dilemmas and devotion. Greene had an amazing 50-plus year career as a novelist, and this one came fairly early -- 1940. His novels improved over time, with gems like "Our Man i…

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I've been reading a random smattering of books over the past month or so. First was H.L. Mencken's "The American Language," which came out in several different updated versions over the years. This one was published in the 1930s sometime, I believe, and runs to about 700 pages. It was great,…

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I've read that much of what Donald Trump has said is false. But mostly, when I've listened to him, I've heard such a mishmash of personal stories, call-outs to his audience and shouting of slogans, that I couldn't catch any statements worth checking. Sunday, however, I was listening to an in…

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One reason why people trust the news less is because some news providers have become so timid about pointing out the truth that they have made themselves seem untrustworthy. For example, yesterday I was watching a news anchor on CNN talk about Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who…

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Here is a story from England, which has apparently gone just as crazy over keeping children safe, when they're not actually in danger, as the U.S. has, about a father prosecuted for leaving his young child in the car for a few minutes while he ran into a pharmacy to fill a prescription. He w…

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Sometimes, you stumble upon a nugget of gold among the forest of stones on the Internet. This article by journalist and scholar Sarah Kendzior, comparing Donald Trump with the autocratic rulers of former Soviet states in Central Asia -- Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Ky…

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The brokered convention conversation is wishful thinking, I think. Trump will go into the GOP convention either with the nomination locked up or with enough delegates that he's close to having it locked up, and far ahead of any other candidate either way. The establishment lacks the guts to …

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I'm appalled by the rage Trump supporters are expressing at his rallies, but it fits with my own observations made while driving around Glens Falls. Toxic, dangerous rage lurks just below many people's surface.

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The chronic violence at Trump rallies, whether by security staff or Trump supporters, is an indictment of the people who perpetrate it, who are allowing themselves to get caught up in an ugly mob mentality, but it is an even stronger indictment of Trump, who is inspiring and encouraging that…

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A column by Catherine Rampell, an outstanding columnist for The Washington Post, confirms that political correctness has crossed the line on at least some college campuses from a laudatory impulse to an insane assertion of authoritarian thought control. People on these campuses -- students a…

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We are living through fascinating times. I just watched Mitt Romney, with a gleam in his eye, tear apart Donald Trump for 20 minutes or so. He gave a great, convincing speech, and I've never been a fan of his. I voted against him in the 2012 presidential contest. But what a speech. It had ev…

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When someone is as obsessed over one issue as David Judkins appears to have become over the city of Glens Falls' water deal with Just Beverages, it is sometimes better to let the person rant and to move on.

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As a person I follow on Twitter who calls himself "E. Mo Black" has been pointing out today, the media bears a lot of responsibility for the carnival geek called Donald Trump that has elbowed its way onto the main stage and shouted everyone else into the wings. A few years ago, when Trump wa…

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The best comparison I've seen of Donald Trump -- or the one that strikes me as the most revealing -- is with Silvio Berlusconi, a media tycoon and billionaire who has served as prime minister of Italy four times, most recently from 2008 through 2011. His stints in office have been marked by …

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Have you heard of Charles Willeford? Willeford was a novelist who died in 1988 and is best known for three novels he wrote, starring a Miami cop called Hoke Moseley. "Miami Blues," the first one, was made into a pretty good movie starring Alec Baldwin as the bad guy. But Willeford had been w…

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I just finished Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson," published in 1791, a biography fascinating not only for the character of its subject that is intentionally revealed but also for what it unintentionally reveals about its subject, Johnson, and its author, James Boswell. I read an abridged v…

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I was hearing interviews with Republican candidates Tuesday morning in New Hampshire and they were talking about the terrible crime wave sweeping New England. The perpetrators are mostly white people and many are middle class. They are committing serious felonies, over and over.

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Donald Trump said in his concession speech Monday night he likes Iowa so much he might buy a farm there. Donald Trump buys the farm? Is that a headline we'll be seeing soon?

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Recently, police officers in Oregon shot a man who was fleeing police, who drove fast up to a roadblock, nearly hit an officer as he swerved into a snowbank, then after getting out and raising his hands, reached two or three times down toward his waist where he was carrying a loaded gun. Her…

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The Texas district attorney who led a grand jury investigation into the case of anti-abortion activists who offered to buy aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood and filmed their interactions with Planned Parenthood officials was sworn to prosecute whatever crimes she turned up, and that is…


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