#57 – Dick Bernard: The Politics and Practice of Race

The New York Times (NYT) “Breaking News Alert” came in at 3:03 PM ET on Friday, July 24, 2009.  The headline: “Obama Says He Regrets His Language on Gates Arrest“. Anyone stopping by this internet space knows what the flap is about. There is nothing so sacred to a political figure these days as “staying […]

#56 – Dick Bernard: Health Policy Sausage Making

This post is the first of thirteen on the topic of Health Care and the need for its Reform.  The rest are at July 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2, 5,6,7,10,15.  More will likely be added. Yesterday my coffee shop friend and I were discussing the issue of Health Care.  I mentioned a […]

#48 – Dick Bernard: the 4th of July

For several years now, we’ve gone to the annual 4th of July Parade in nearby Afton MN.  Afton is a tiny place on the St. Croix River, part of Minnesota’s eastern border, and mostly known for its big Marina and as  an artsy place.  Yesterday we were there. On the 4th of July Aftons population increases […]

#36 – Dick Bernard: President Obama builds a wall behind U.S. (and everyone else)

For previous posts mentioning President Obama, see Categories. A reader comment follows this post Today President Obama is at Normandy; yesterday at Buchenwald; Thursday at Cairo…. The analysis of the Presidents words is and will be unending, but one particular piece of analysis by a single “special interest” group, and some more general articles about […]

#35 – Dick Bernard: President Obama speaks from Cairo

Yesterday afternoon I made a spur of the moment visit to an administrator at a Minneapolis college.  I found his office.  Luckily he was in.  I knocked.  “Come in”, he said.  He was looking at his computer screen, watching a replay of the President Obama speech in Cairo from some hours earlier. My visit to […]

#23 – Dick Bernard: President Obama at Notre Dame University May 17, 2009

A beautiful Sunday afternoon was very tempting for a good long walk, but I knew that the long anticipated appearance of Barack Obama at Notre Dame was soon to begin, so I delayed the walk and watched the proceedings live on Notre Dame’s website, from the procession of graduates into the fieldhouse, to the remarks […]

#1 – Dick Bernard: P&J#1940: Reflecting on "fear itself"

This is the first posting on this blog.  The title “P&J#1940” holds meaning for me.  P&J#1 entered the internet world in late September, 2001; P&J#1940 was published March 25, 2009, and is a significant one for me.    1940 is a significant number in my life. It is the year I was born in rural […]