If it pains my friends and family to have to watch as I hobble about, one can now only imagine the discomfiture my old dentist and friend Richard Lewis must have felt as his family and friends watched him fade slowly and painfully from this life, a victim of pancreatic cancer.
But in my dream I get to tell Richard how grateful I am to him for ...Read more
John Sydney McCain III (1936-2018), according to the headline in Arkansas' Newspaper, died "at home." But where was his home? In Arizona, where he passed during a weekend? The United States Navy, in which he so bravely served? The Senate of the United States, in which he distinguished himself by ...Read more
If you've got a bunch of Turkish lira, now's the time to get rid of them in favor of the good old American dollar. For our supposed ally seems mired in a host of political, economic and ethnic troubles brought on for the most part by its dictatorial leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It's clear that Kemal Ataturk, the authoritarian founder of modern...Read more
Robert Banks Jenkinson, aka the second Earl of Liverpool, saw, made, and went through a lot of history in his crowded time. As prime minister of Great Britain from 1812 to 1827, his tenure saw wars against Napoleon's France, the agitation promoted by his country's radicals, demands for the emancipation of Britain's Roman Catholics, and constant ...Read more
Peace, it's wonderful -- if only the troublemakers would give it a chance to take hold.
A year ago in Charlottesville, Va., all was chaos and division as warring factions faced off against each other and began their own private civil war. Protesters marched as did counter-protesters. Casualties mounted; they included 32-year-old Heather Heyer, ...Read more
Theodore Edgar McCarrick got away with his act for decades as he rose through the ranks of the Holy Mother Church, covering up not only his own sins but those of others as he foisted errant priests on innocent congregations.
To outward appearances, the cardinal was having a successful career as a leading statesman and administrator. But count ...Read more
The 3-year-old son of a rabbi who's visiting this obscure corner of the diaspora already stands tall and straight -- like the proper mensch he is becoming, complete with skullcap, earlocks and a blue-and-white fringed garment in accordance with the biblical command.
Still shy, he holds on to his father's hand however unsteadily while soaking in...Read more
The death of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been predicted regularly over the years since its creation at the height of the Cold War and even invited by this country's hard-core isolationists. Yet NATO not only continues to exist but even to grow and flourish despite all its critics --...Read more
He's just a political hack, his Democratic opponents say about Brett Kavanaugh. Which is what they were saying about him more than a decade ago when he was seeking a seat on the District of Columbia's circuit court of appeals. Back then his nomination by President George W. Bush was held up for a couple of years until diehard Democrats in the ...Read more