The Top Ten Seinfeld Episodes

Although I watch very little TV now, like most people, for much of my life I’ve had favorite shows. During most of the 1990s, Seinfeld was the show I could least stand missing on a week-to-week basis. Its brand of humor struck a chord with me – and many millions of other people that helpedContinue reading “The Top Ten Seinfeld Episodes”

On NATO Expansion and Revised American Strategy for Ukraine War

The two smiling faces in the above photo belong to NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, and Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, the latter having announced Finland’s intention to join NATO as quickly as possible. Swedish leadership has since made a similar announcement..  Of course, this latest round of NATO expansion and Finland’s – as wellContinue reading “On NATO Expansion and Revised American Strategy for Ukraine War”

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

While struggling a bit with what subject I should address in a new Top Ten list, it occurred to me that since I’ve already  posted on my ten favorite films, I may as well move over to the small screen and address TV shows. These are not my picks for the ten best shows ever;Continue reading “My Ten Favorite TV Shows”

… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling

I bowled a lot for a few years during my teens. That included a Saturday morning league for a while. In fact, four other guys from my league and I won the Bucks County, PA team championship for our age group in 1980 or ‘81.  Bowlers’ burnout cut my competitive bowling days short. Since thenContinue reading “… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling”

Robert Kaplan Returns to a Familiar Theme

I just came across the latest piece by Robert D. Kaplan and thought it worth sharing. Its central theme is one of those that I focused on in my essay about his work; that being the error that many westerners make in placing too much emphasis on democracy and too little on good governance andContinue reading “Robert Kaplan Returns to a Familiar Theme”

Things Worth Fighting For, by Bari Weiss

If you only listen to one podcast this year, make it this one: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/honestly-with-bari-weiss/id1570872415?i=1000554190603 It’s about the heroism of President Zelenskyy and the rest of the Ukrainians and the lessons Americans should take from it. While those of you in other countries may find it just as worthwhile, she addresses her points to Americans becauseContinue reading “Things Worth Fighting For, by Bari Weiss”

Tchaikovsky Didn’t Invade Ukraine

Whatever one feels were the geopolitical causes of Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, I’m not going out on a limb when I say that the Russian military’s actions in recent days and weeks have been nothing short of evil. The suffering we’re seeing on TV and online on a daily basis is absolutely heartbreaking.Continue reading “Tchaikovsky Didn’t Invade Ukraine”

Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart

By Barry Zukerman With all due respect to Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in Dos Equis beer commercials, I submit that Robert D. Kaplan is truly deserving of that title. Among today’s writers and commentators on international affairs, he has an increasingly rare willingness to put aside partisanship andContinue reading “Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart”

Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)

I’ve been friends with the guys standing to my left and right in the above photo for a combined 88 years. But before today, we hadn’t seen each other since a Christmas party in 2019 due primarily to the COVID situation.  The three of us and our wives enjoyed each other’s company again over lunchContinue reading “Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)”