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Check out this piece in IMAGINE (p. 16) on the feature film project for Elizabeth Searle’s A FOUR-SIDED BED, from the Bravo Sierra team that produced the short film that launched this blog, CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE…More on A FOUR-SIDED BED Coming Soon.  Meanwhile:

Heading into the Home Stretch of this marathon presidential race, our  political Wise Man, Ol’ Bill, offers a cautionary prediction that he adds he’d be ‘happy to be wrong about’…

Oh No! Not ROMNESIA! by Ol’ Bill
Smart guys often lose: Carter, Dukakis, Gore, Democrats all. Each loss outraged me and broke my political heart. Now I never under-estmate the stupidity/ ignorance/ general cussedness of about one third of the electorate.

George H W Bush, the best Republican Pres. defined it “the big Mo’, then was victimized by the sweeping anti-intellectual mood that infects these folks, especially in closing weeks of a  campaign. The “big momentum,” usually irrational, sweeps through these folks who usually haven’t been paying attention. Luckily the best politician of the century, “Ol Boy” Bill Clinton was able to divert enough of these guys to the Dems.

Unfortunately, deep in my bones, I detect the fever once again. When Romney last minute cooly mimics Obama’s policy positions in contradiction of all his past right wing raving, guess who in their ignorance of his past are impressed as they look for a civilized reason to make “the white house white” once again? And the fiscal zealots of the right swallow his lies and demonstrable philosophical unreliability because they have no place to go. A pending American Tragedy. “Don’t Boo; VOTE”!

(photos: usareport.com, LatinoFoxnews, GoogleImages)

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Kevin St. Jarre has published three novels under the pen name Michael Hawke: Nightstalkers, Nightstalkers: Coercion, and Nightstalkers: Homefront.  His publisher is Berkley Books, a subsidiary of Penguin Putnam.  He has published articles and poems in many magazines including Kappan, English Journal and Northern New England Review.

General Stanley McChrystal  by Kevin St. Jarre

The problem is not speaking truth to power.  The problem is speaking your truth to Rolling Stone.

General Stanley McChrystal not only had a remarkable career in the army, but he did it by living and leading within the most respected and most formidable of America’s warriors.  He commanded soldiers in the storied 82nd Airborne, the world-famous Rangers where he rewrote the hand-to-hand combat training doctrine, and in the Special Forces which many civilians refer to as the Green Berets.  McChrystal reportedly ate one meal per day, ran between 5-10 miles per day, slept 4 or 5 hours per night.  He was, in short, the kind of leader that soldiers will not only follow and die for, but also come to virtually worship.  A soldier’s soldier.

McChrystal was also not without controversy.  Anyone in that sort of business will eventually get some things wrong.  While he is generally credited with leading the destruction of Al Qaeda in Iraq, he was also allegedly at the heart of the cover up when Ranger and former NFL player Pat Tillman was killed.  McChrystal can also be distantly connected, at least with a sideways dotted line, to the scandalous and shameful conduct at Abu Ghraib. (more…)

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