Monthly Archives: July 2016

Health Insurance: Right or Privilege?

Originally posted on Thoughts From my Kitchen:
After speaking to many people on the complicated and aggravating but necessary issue of having adequate health insurance and after reading many articles, op-eds, ‘policy’ papers even small portions of the Affordable Care Act – where one stands on the issue of this debate really depends on if…

Health Insurance Deductibles – An Extortion of Patients

Originally posted on Thoughts From my Kitchen:
On top of navigating the maze that is Obamacare, after you’ve found your plan that includes all of the doctors you want, and an in-network hospital with an Emergency Room is within 10 miles of your house (and making sure to save a breath and tell your ambulance…

Did Twitter Ban Milo Yiannopoulos for Online Harassment, or for Leading a Consumer Revolt?

I never got around to seeing the original Ghostbusters back in 1984. I was a snotty 19-year-old kid who spent most of his time listening to Mozart, or reading Cicero in the original Latin, and you would have had to have waterboarded me before I would have paid money to see that kind of overproduced, […]

The Unspoken Catastrophe of Obamacare

Originally posted on Thoughts From my Kitchen:
The Obama-era is nearly over. President Barack Obama was the first president I voted for with great enthusiasm and confidence. Eight years ago I’d argue that he came at the perfect time for me to vote for him, my political consciousness was developed and I had a candidate…

The Revenant (2015)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
It takes a lot of money and a lot of talent to make a film as bad as The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who won Best Actor, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who won his second consecutive Best Director award, The Revenant cost 135 million dollars. I suppose…

Texas Comes Full Circle

On November 22, 1963, a white man named Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated the President of the United States. Whether Oswald, a communist fellow traveler who had previously defected to the Soviet Union, intended to kill John F. Kennedy to strike a blow against American imperialism, or whether he was a patsy set up by the […]

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Three quarters of the way through The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino’s iconic, and very long, film about three Pennsylvania steel workers in Vietnam, Mike Vronsky, Robert Deniro, returns home on leave, and meets Linda, the fiancee of his best friend Nick Chevotarevich. Chevotarevich, a young Christopher Walken, is still…

Giant Escape City (2015): First Impressions

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
I’ve been through quite a few bikes over the past few years. I wore out the drive train on my Trek 7.2. I wrecked my Raleigh Clubman (and wound up spending 3 days in intensive care). I currently have an entry-level road bike, an aluminum Specialized Allez, and a…

Reading the Landsape: 47

A house in my neighborhood. I keep expecting whoever owns it to put up a Trump sign but so far none has shown up.

Reading the Landscape: 46

Riding through Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, I come upon the Deserted Village of Feltville. I park my bike to have a look around. The Deserted Village of Feltville is in some ways the model for all American suburbia. An employer builds housing for his workers. David Felt, a businessman in Boston, Massachusetts, […]