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L. E. Alba

L. E. Alba
Location
New Jersey, USA
Birthday
January 09
Company
Semi-retired but fully inspired
Bio
L.E. Alba (aka Lary9) was born into a venerable Louisiana political family during the Truman administration. Educated in engineering and liberal arts, this father of three opinionated offspring, has had a lifelong love affair with all things American especially political independence. He routinely apologizes for his progressive zeal by claiming to be besotted with Liberty. After serving in the USAF during the undeclared Vietnam war, he promptly joined the Woodstock Generation, lived in a commune in Haight-Ashbury and, despite the seductive Sirens of the West Coast, returned to the East and began to cultivate a stubborn but artistic Yankee sensibility. More often than not, this landed him squarely in radical left-wing territory on most issues. Lately he has been thinking about retiring from politics but his Louisiana roots are deep and proving to be retirement-resistant. [Twitter: @Lary9]

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My irrational fear of dentists is related to honeybees. It was the summer of 1954 and clover was everywhere, especially in the field two lots over from the New Martinsville, West Virginia home where I grew up. Tommy was a year my senior but we were catty-cornered neighbors and shared boyish

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To me the phrase conservative "thought leaders" has devolved into an oxymoron since the passing of Bill Buckley and the recent reticence of a seemingly cloistered George Will. The track record of the GOP reveals a virtual 'Who's Who' in bad to very bad judgment with presidents & candidates goingRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2014 8:26AM

Conservative Thought Leaders?

To me the phrase conservative "thought leaders" has devolved into an oxymoron since the passing of Bill Buckley and the recent reticence of a seemingly cloistered George Will.
The track record of the GOP reveals a virtual 'Who's Who' in bad to very bad judgment with presidents & candidates going/
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In classical Marxist sociology, (**) 'racism' isn't what it seems on its surface. It's not really about black vs. white...nor about the pseudo-marker of 'race', which is, at best, an artificial distinction---(recall the discussion between Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe in 'Mississippi Burning' where H… Read full post »

 


Imagine if most of the world rose to the level of America in prosperity and influence...would some still claim an American Exceptionalism?

 

That is the basis for my detachment from the current idea of American Exceptionalism. We are acting like a spoiled child demanding to be t/Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2012 8:03AM

The Über Rich: An American Glitch


In the last 20 years of the 18th. Century, two revolutions took place which attempted to move nations from their hereditary aristocracies to new paradigms in self-government.
The first, the American, was essentially a handful of colonial upstarts who ran away from home and then started their own for

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AUGUST 6, 2012 3:03PM

The American Worldview: A Quotient

Americans will not catch up in math and science by doubling down on hard work and improving IQs. Basically, this is because our deficits for learning as a culture aren't related to stupidity. It's more than that. Our lagging in science proficiency as we enter the 21st century is

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JULY 23, 2012 5:03PM

Pray Today, But Vote Tomorrow



I'm a comfortable agnostic with an uncomfortable anti-clerical bias. But, after an indescribable horror like the Aurora massacre,  I suspect you can't imagine how hollow it sounds to me, when the dominant expression of people is: "They're in my prayers".  It won't enhance my populari/

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APRIL 26, 2012 12:49AM

A Rose By Any Other Name?

When did Republicans co-opt the word "success", as applied to a person's life, and make it synonymous with the word "wealth"? Moreover, I've always resented the right-wing's constant, petulant monkeying with the English language---after all, that's liberal turf. We already gave them cultural guardianRead full post »

 

I've been a progressive Independent politically for most of my life and tonight I almost wept from disappointment while watching the media circus and interacting in the Twitter-sphere. I never dreamed that so many irrational, mean-spirited so-called fellow liberals were out there! OMG. ThRead full post »

MARCH 22, 2012 4:04PM

Joni

 

I was jogging today, listening to my old Joni Mitchell CD collection on my Walkman and I actually broke down into tears at one point. The memories of those days in the late 60s when I first discovered her music geysered to the surface as I cantered at a brisk pace. IRead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 3:13AM

I 'Heart' Mother

Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to myRead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 2:52AM

American Buffalo (1996): A Review

 

Warning! David Mamet films can cause depression in lab animals., 1 June 2002 Author: Lary9 from IMDb-United States

"I know about homelessness and alcoholism… about shattered dreams and failure. I understand the fears that all adults have about the interconnectedness of s

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FEBRUARY 15, 2012 2:44AM

Second Amendment Follies

~written to The Guardian in the U.K.~

 

You think you Brits have problems? In America it's a regular wild west show! The electorate is completely under the spell of the Right Wing and the NRA. They believe the 2nd. amendment of our Bill of Rights was written in stone!Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2012 6:18PM

A Rose By Any Other Name? (ver.1)

When did Republicans co-opt the word "success", as applied to a person's life, and make it synonymous with the word "wealth"? Moreover, I've always resented the right-wing's constant, petulant monkeying with the English language---after all, that's liberal turf. We already gave them cultural guardianRead full post »

After the 2012 election, Mr. Obama needs to address the nation to frame a clear, courageous "Obama Doctrine" on foreign policy--- What is our role in the world for the new millennium? How do we use our military in the future? Are there limits to the American projection of power?Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2011 6:13AM

I Heart Mother

Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to myRead full post »
NOVEMBER 1, 2011 5:50AM

A-woi

 

I had a dream last night that I couldn't make any sense out of...see if you can:

I was trapped in a Superman comic and we were on the planet A-woi in the galaxy Tsewdim where we were fighting the forces of everything-backwards in Bizarro World. There was a politic
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*[Responding to Tracy Clark-Flory in 10/29/11 Alternet "Is Porn Ruining Our Sex Lives?"]      http://www.alternet.org/story/152886/is_porn_ruining_our_sex_lives?page=entire      
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*Bravo to Ms. Flory (again) for raising t/
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OCTOBER 14, 2011 6:41PM

Religion (Optional): Check One.

I was thinking about growing up in a 1950s Happy Days culture, in a nominally religious home. We weren't effusively devout. Religious holidays had to coincide with national ones in order to be observed and merit a turkey on the table. It was a huge, heavy, oval-shaped 3-leaf affair that couldRead full post »

It has been a while since I've spent any significant time watching commercial TV, but every year around MLB Playoffs time, I catch up on those products for which Madison Avenue is trying to create demand. Is it just me or is it a little oddly hypocritical that a pharmacologically active… Read full post »

The curse is a real thing. Anyone who ever doubted...anyone who thought it was just an idiosyncratic defense mechanism of long-suffering Red Sox fans can see it clearly now. It's a real thing... since Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for "No, No Nanette", it lurks down through theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 5:25AM

On The Nuts 'n Bolts of Social Change

It is common in the affairs of men for a crisis to bring pressure to bear on the fasteners and cabling that hold things together. Bridges and highways, as well as marriages and governments, occasionally fall apart in tough times, revealing flaws within infrastructure that otherwise would not be

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 5:32PM

Elizabeth Warren In 2016

 Elizabeth Warren's thinking isn't really dismissable with a standard, knee-jerk critique: 

"Warren's an ideologue from the left."
There's something about the unvarnished truth that has a timeless, non-partisan hum about it...(like the aura around Galadriel the Fairy Queen in LOTR.) 

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 5:08PM

Elizabeth Warren in 2016

Elizabeth Warren's thinking isn't really dismissable with the standard, knee-jerk critique: 

"Warren's an ideologue from the left." Is it? There's something about the unvarnished truth that has a timeless, non-partisan hum about it...(like the aura around Galadriel the Fairy Queen in LOTR.)&nbsRead full post »