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“Immigrants – We Get the Job Done!”

Stuart Lyle The hit Broadway show ’Hamilton’ has enjoyed a meteoric rise.  Less than a year ago, it opened off-Broadway, but quickly found traction and was on Broadway by midsummer.  Now shows are sold out well into later this year.  Few would have predicted that a show about founding father Alexander Hamilton would strike such a deep chord with a…

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The Golden Age of the Western

Henry Pelifian The Hollywood Western is truly an American creation that epitomized the hardship to maintain and restore justice.  The inequality, greed and corruption were rampant in the Westerns of Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Tim Holt, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper and Joel McCrea.  There are singular Westerns from actors who did not specialize in the Western genre…

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Polemical Poetry IX: Soldier’s Soldier

Michael Murry As I believe either Barbara Tuchman or Frances FitzGerald wrote about Vietnam: once a war has gone on for more than a couple of years it can only repeat itself indefinitely. This poem focuses on America’s War on Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos), but it has much to say about America’s current…

My "new" old copy of Orwell's 1984

War is Peace

W.J. Astore Out shopping today at my local used bookstore and came across an early paperback copy (from 1952) of George Orwell’s 1984.  A little overpriced at $15.00, but the cover called to me.  What a classic! If you click on the picture, you can just make out, if you look closely, the slogans on…