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The Musings of Mike Spindell

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May 2016

Vietnam and Remembrance of Thing Past

Yesterday was Memorial Day and throughout our media,  whenever there wasn't automobile commercials,  we saw memorials to those American Armed Service members who lost their live fighting America's wars.  From my perspective all of America's wars since Vietnam were not... Continue Reading →

Five Things We’ve Learned (Or Haven’t Learned) About America in the 21st Century

When I was a boy, so long ago, the 21st Century was a science fiction dream in a distant, hopeful future where the world be a better place and full of wonders. America was the land of the victors, with... Continue Reading →

“This Changes Everything”: The Phony Meme From 9/11

Our memories not only serve the purpose of learning to avoid danger from past experience, they serve as the glue that holds our sense of our fleeting lives together into a linear personal narrative. For all of us most memories... Continue Reading →

The Puerile Prognostications of Our Political Punditry

While I would get few arguments that this 2016 Presidential Campaign has been perhaps the most bizarre in American history,  many people seem to overlook one of the main reasons that this campaign is surreal.  The obvious fact of the... Continue Reading →

The Bigotry of the Boycott Israel Movement

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) "is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the stated goals of the movement: the end of Israel's occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and... Continue Reading →

The Democratic Party Today is Out of Touch and Money Is the Reason

I wrote the essence of this post one week after the Republicans made great gains in the 2014 mid-terms elections.  Those elections gave Republicans solid control of both Houses of Congress and with the then conservative majority on the Supreme... Continue Reading →

A Short Screed on My Ignorance of What in Hell is Happening in Brazil

Please understand that what I'm about to write is anything but authoritative and that lack of knowledge is what has me upset.  Brazil is the world's fifth largest country in area and in   population.  Like many South American countries, Brazil's... Continue Reading →

Moving Forward From The 2016 Election Whoever Becomes President

          Benjamin Franklin understood that creating a Constitution and investing it with power was only the first step in maintaining a Republic   The Founding Fathers were all familiar with Edward Gibbon's masterwork The History of the... Continue Reading →

Debbie Does Vegas, Or How the Democratic Party Chairman Screws Even Her Own Candidate

Debbie Wasserman Schultz(DWS) is offended that Hillary Clinton's only opponent Bernie Sanders is even running for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination.  On many occasions she has sneeringly referred to the fact that Sanders has not been a Democrat for very... Continue Reading →

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