Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

Nuts?

      I could not help but think of my recent post “After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/06/after-racist-rage-statues-fall/   when I read an op-ed piece by Gail Collins in today’s New York Times: “Dogs, Saints and Columbus Day” The … Continue reading

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is Trump mentally ill?

    re: “Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in” Review of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” by Bandy X. Lee (ed.), “Twilight of American Sanity” by Allen Frances, and “Fantasyland” by Kurt Andersen By Carlos … Continue reading

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lament for The Common Man

        “We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you … Continue reading

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now the graveyards?

      [T]he crowd approached; they were bawling and hissing round a dingy hearse and dingy mourning coach, in which mourning coach there was only one mourner, dressed in the dingy trappings that were considered essential to the dignity … Continue reading

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crime or indiscretion?

  re “Shrekli to Be Jailed After Online Bounty on Hillary Clinton’s Hair”   The New York Times, September 14, 2017     I emailed my wife as follows.     *****************************************************     This Martin Shkreli guy sounds a … Continue reading

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Once a contrarian …

I have always been a contrarian, ever since my childhood. I just didn’t realize it. My personal intellectual hero is the most famous contrarian of all time: Samuel Johnson. I have always been a contrarian.  I have always tended to … Continue reading

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“After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”

    “For more than a year, members of the Baltimore City Council, like officials in many communities across the nation, had drifted indecisively about the fate of the city’s increasingly controversial Confederate monuments. Then, last weekend, white supremacists in Charlottesville, … Continue reading

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