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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

A favorite tactic of terrorists is to perform a decoy attack before a major attack. Not only is the attention of authorities and the public diverted, but the first attack is monitored closely by the terrorists. 

They watch to see how the authorities react. The first attack has the additional consequence of causing the authorities to waste resources responding to the first attack so they have fewer resources to respond to the real attack. (more…)

Who’s Watching Out for Our Kids?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Not much could shock me – or so I thought. I certainly was shocked as a student at the FBI Citizens Academy when in one of the optional exercises some of us watched over the shoulder of FBI agents in a computer center working on an Internet sting. I saw with my own eyes, a father in a chat room offer up his pre-teen son for sex with an adult male (who was actually an FBI agent in a chat room).

Repulsion is an understatement. I have as much disdain and disgust for that father as I do for the men of the cloth who preyed on children instead of praying for them. I was so angry that if I could have crawled through the wires to reach that father I would have probably been charged with a violent felony.        (more…)

A (An?) Historic Event

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I’ve been invited to five Presidential Inaugurations, but have never been to one – too much glitz for my tastes.

Generally, I have tried to ignore this quadrennial ritual, but this year that was impossible. One would have to be comatose to have avoided the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. One reason the inauguration seemed omnipresent was the $150 million or so spent on the event – three times the second most expensive inaugural. (Perhaps these festivities – along with the Obamas hiring Santa Monica designer Michael S. Smith to decorate the White House living area — were a preamble to the Obama Stimulus package.) (more…)

Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Tomorrow begins “ordinary time.”

For those of us who “bleed blue” football season painfully ended today as the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs. We don’t care about the NFC and AFC championships next week, or even the Super Bowl. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the countdown until Giants summer camp in Albany. Sure, there may be a slight distraction when the Yankees start playing again, but otherwise tomorrow starts “ordinary time” for Giants fans. (more…)

The Power of No Power

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Early Friday morning, there was a storm-related blackout in and around “the Hub,” as the downtown Cos Cob neighborhood is known locally. “Back country Cos Cob” (as townies call the area adjacent to North Mianus on the west side of the river) was uncharacteristically unaffected.    (more…)

Dad! People really live in basements?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

“Dad! People really live in basements?” my son said in disbelief when he was five or six years old. Thankfully, he waited until we were in the privacy of our car before making the comment, rather than blurting it while in the basement home we had just visited. My son and I were helping to deliver food-baskets the Sunday before Thanksgiving to some families in Greenwich as part of a St. Mary’s Social Concerns Committee annual project.   (more…)

Putting your prayers where your vote it.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Drafted into the Catholic Church at birth, I attended “boot camp” for a dozen years of parochial school, considered “officer candidate school” (i.e., a religious vocation), and after a time being AWOL, going on active duty on a daily basis about my faith around age 30.  (more…)

“Senator Obama, are you mad at me” PART 2

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Apparently Senator Obama’s campaign staff didn’t hear it correctly the candidate’s promise to “make America united.” They must have thought he said make reporters from newspapers that don’t endorse Obama fly American or United.

The Obama campaign has booted from their campaign plane reporters from three newspapers.     (more…)

The Penultimate Word

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

While it would have been ideal if all three Greenwich papers endorsed my favorite local candidate, Fred Camillo, I got the next best thing.  The one paper which did not endorse Fred fully, gave me and a few others enough time to have published in their paper rebuttals to their editorial.    (more…)

Silvio the Plumber

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Family’s Path to the Right: Silvio the Plumber

Long before Joe the Plumber was on the political scene, there was Silvio the Plumber, and were he alive he would be voting for Obama. (And if half of the ACORN voter registration fraud stories are true, he very well may be!)

Silvio the Plumber is the first character a reader meets in the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist non-fiction The Inheritance: How Three Families and the American Political Majority Moved from Left to Right by New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman.  (Simon & Schuster).     (more…)