Attended the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. Some great and disturbing movies. Utah was snow covered and beautiful. Thanks to David and Cathy for a wonderful time.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, January 18, 2018, article, “Kurds appeal to U.N. to stop attack by Turkey,” (http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Syrian-Kurds-appeal-to-UN-as-Turkey-prepares-to-12505055.php) raises an issue have been blogging about for years, to no avail, but it’s coming to head now. Syria’s dominate Kurdish Party, and important U.S. ally against ISIS, called on the U.N. Security Counsel to ensure [...]
In the San Francisco Chronicle, January 16, 2018, article, “Pair of suicide bombings strikes heart of Baghdad,” ( http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Double-suicide-bombing-strikes-heart-of-Baghdad-12499212.php) examines how ISIS has been destroyed militarily, but retains combat capabilities through suicide bombers. The heart of the question is the ISIS Sunni’s vs. Iraq Shiite’s and what will happen to quench their hatred of each [...]
Enjoyed a spectacular book launch party for, Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel. Here is the short video. https://vimeo.com/248595828/0f919abdb6. Thanks to Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor for the use of their incredible art filled home and providing wonderful food & wine with a unrestricted view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks again!
In the San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2018, article on page A-3, entitled, “Top U.S. Commander wants more aggressive push,” (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/top-us-commander-aggressive-afghan-push-year-52095707). The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for 17 years and there are as many as 16,000 American troops in the country. Yet, my other blogs of last year point out: U.S. backed [...]
Had a fun New Years with Polly Taylor. Started with the movie,"Coco," dinner, Eggplant Cheddar with Mushrooms and barely made it to 12. Just gettin old. Looking forward to an amazing year.
In 1967, being of unsound mind, I, thinly veiled as the protagonist Herald, a sophomore at the University of Vermont, quite college—much to my parents’ dismay—to enlist in the Army. Following the visit to the induction center, I bought a GI Joe Coloring Book, a half-gallon of bourbon, stole some Denny’s crayons, and went back [...]
In the San Francisco Chronicle, December 18, 2017, article in the, ‘World,’ section, #5, article, ‘Civilians killed,’ (https://www.rt.com/news/413452-saudi-killed-wedding-yemen/) examines how a Saudi Arabia airstrike struck a wedding party in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday, killing 10 women. The U.S. backed Sunni coalition has been at war with Iranian backed Shiite rebels since 2015 in Yemen. [...]
Midwest Book Review, “Reviewer’s Bookwatch,” gave a wonderful review of Curse of Coloring Book, (www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/dec-17.htm#mason).Check), table of Contents, six lines down, “Mason’s bookwatch.’“ Looking for a different holiday present, this is it. Quoting Mason’s bookwatch: “Although a work of fiction, ‘Curse of the Coloring Book,’ by Howard Hibbard is based on a true story. A [...]
In the New York Times, Sunday Review, page 10, article: “For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury.’ (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/opinion/for-veterans-a-path-to-healing-moral-injury.html) examines a different type of injury from Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, Moral Injury. Moral injury occurs when a soldier is ordered to do things that are unspeakable in in civil society: kill enemy soldiers, regardless of [...]