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First posted on February 23, 2014 by
Curtis / SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2014-05

UNITED STATES

of

THE ?LA-LA-LA?

 

?La-la-la, we can?t hear you,? is the refrain constantly repeated by the true power in this nation ? the best-heeled, the big bucks. That is the way it was in 1776, and that is the way it is today. All that business about free and equal people governing themselves has been pure farce from the start. Just ask the White men without property; ask the women of all stripes; ask the original landlords of this part of the world; ask the special immigrants from the ...

First posted on February 1, 2014 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2014-04

THE CROSS of sequoia

 

Chris Christie ? ?Christ??

It seems Chris Christie was destined for crucifixion.

Under ordinary circumstances, that would be a moot point.

There is not a tree extant capable of supporting such heft.

But, in Christie?s case, nature anticipated him.

The giant sequoia tree seems to have been designed to bear someone of Chris Christie?s avoirdupois.

Ordinarily, in crucifixions, each condemned has his own cross.

In Chris Christie?s case, however, although fruitlessly he attempt ...

First posted on January 18, 2014 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2014-03


LILLPUTIANS
, AS MAYOR ,

doth

GULLIVERNOR SNARE

 

The boneheadedly stupid bridge caper ? perpetrated upon the citizens of New Jersey and New York -- is beginning to expose a seam of degradation that surely will put the kibosh on Governor Christie?s heretofore bright, shining future.

 

Although Governor Christie had the reputation of a crusading United States Attorney, ridding New Jersey of political corruption, he seems to have contracted a similar disease with which those he formerly prose ...

First posted on January 11, 2014 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2014-02

?METHINKS THE GUV

DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH?

 

Shakespeare would salivate over the Jersey mess. Governor Chris Christie?s marathon news conference was an attempt by the besieged governor to clothe himself in angel?s garb, complete with harp and wings ? a most unholy and ridiculous get-up for the porcine politician. In the end, as we shall see, the governor will find himself with no clothes at all.

 

During the week of 9/11, last year, for four days, the New Jersey end of the George Washingto ...

First posted on January 1, 2014 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2014-01

?Now the New Year reviving old Desires.
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires,
Where the White Hand Of Moses on the Bough
Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires.?

 

From: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

 

 

As continually we shed our moth-eaten cloak of racism, which tends to obscure the origin and fact of our racial admixture ? as we enter the fifthteenth year of this new millennium ? it is interesting to note the number of media and political celebrities who have been and ar ...

First posted on December 22, 2013 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2013-46

THAT AIN?T DYNASTY -- ? DUCK !!!?

 

What?s the big deal? At least Phil Robertson?s views on sexuality are universal and all-inclusive. What?s being lost in all the controversy, though, is his strangely localized concept of what it was like to be an African American in Apartheid America.

 

Robertson?s views on Black Folk   are wistful, 19 th century Stephen Foster:

 

Young folks roll on the little cabin floor,

?Tis summer, the darkies are gay. (Not necessarily)

The corn top?s ripe and ...

First posted on December 20, 2013 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2013-45

( NOTE : This writer had prepared the following note for dear friends, in response to their discussion of a piece that had appeared in this space. As the note developed, it became clear that the subject is of great enough importance that others should be included, as well. The friends will understand.)

 

Subject: Curtis / Explaining My Super-Sensitivity

 

Many of us humans detest color-based racism. Those of us who are devoid of noticeable epidermal melanin find it personally difficult to ...

First posted on December 17, 2013 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2013-44

ANTI -OBAMA- ITIS GONE AMUCK?

 

The general collection of meta digital communications data by the National Security Administration (NSA) most likely violates Fourth Amendment Constitutional guarantees against the violation of privacy. That is the ruling of a federal judge to which Edward Snowden squawked a ringing endorsement from his temporary, gilded cage, in Vladimir Putin?s living room. Snowden, of course, knows whereof he speaks; he absconded with a big chunk of that selfsame NSA data.

& ...

First posted on December 13, 2013 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2013-43

 

( NOTE : While this writer was in Brazil over the Thanksgiving holiday, San Diego-resident friend and colleague Jos? Rosa was visiting Europe with his businessman-son David Padilla from the Los Angeles area. Following are Jos??s poignant perceptions of their visit.)

 

 

A tale of two cities?

November 25, 2013 at 9:32am

 

  It was the BEST of times?

  Can you rightfully continue to call your hometown a "city" once you have seen Paris from the top of La Tour Eiffel? How wi ...

First posted on December 9, 2013 by
SYNAPSE-SHOTS 2013-42

BRAZIL ? and, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

 

It came at a time this writer happened to be in the process of reading Stephen W. Hawking?s, A Brief History of Time ? From the Big Bang to Black Holes. We were spending a quiet Sunday evening in the bar of a large hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Someone said, ?Let?s take a picture?? (with a Santa Claus image that was visible from the lobby). That started a conversation with a gentleman who was having a drink there. They invited him over to our table ? an ...

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