Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shimon Peres

I'm very saddened by the death of Shimon Peres, who had suffered a stroke two weeks ago; he was 93.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Former-President-Peres-dies-at-93-467659

Monday, September 19, 2016

The documentary "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War," Tuesday night, on PBS

I'm looking forward to seeing the new documentary "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War," which airs Tuesday on PBS (September 20th) at 9 p.m. (Eastern time). The film's Executive Producer is the enormously talented Ken Burns. Mr. Burns is also the film's co-director (with Artemis Joukowsky).

http://www.defyingthenazis.org/

http://www.pbs.org/about/blogs/news/defying-the-nazis-the-sharps-war-a-new-film-by-ken-burns-and-artemis-joukowsky-to-air-on-pbs-september-20/

Friday, August 12, 2016

More about Trump, and the claim of sarcasm

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/us/politics/donald-trump-obama-isis.html?smid=fb-share

Andy Borowitz piece, about Trump

Funny piece by humorist Andy Borowitz, from The New Yorker, online: "Trump Blasts Media for Reporting Things He Says"

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-blasts-media-for-reporting-things-he-says

"Donald Trump tries to walk back claim Obama founded ISIS: 'Sarcasm' "

Once again--a pattern is developing--Trump claims, later on, that his inflammatory remarks were intended as "sarcasm."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/politics/donald-trump-obama-clinton-isis-founder-sarcasm/index.html

And, a reminder about his similar claim, in July:

"Donald Trump’s incredible new defense of his Russia-spying-on-Hillary comments: Just kidding!"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/28/donald-trumps-incredible-new-defense-of-his-russia-spying-on-hillary-comments-just-kidding/

Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA, on Donald Trump's recent remarks about the "Second Amendment people"

On Tuesday, retired four-star Gen. Michael Hayden, the former Director of the CIA (and former Director of the National Security Agency), said this, to CNN's Jake Tapper, about Donald Trump's recent Second Amendment comment:

"If someone else had said that outside the hall, he'd be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him."

Hayden also said: "You're not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear."

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/08/09/michael-hayden-donald-trump-second-2nd-amendment-people-sot.cnn