Month: July 2013

There is anguish in the land at the thought of choosing a successor to Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke. The anguish makes sense because Mr. Bernanke’s policies have kept the corks floating on a rising stock market, one of the few bright spots in a well-spun economy. He has kept the corks afloat with $85 billion […]

A recent conversation exposed me to the concept of the domains of warfare, something about which I had thought very little if at all. They are the battlegrounds on which wars can be fought. Presumably, these have evolved. Until the 20th century, wars could only be fought on land or at sea. World War I […]

Friends, libertyPell began about two years ago. Thank you for your support, your ideas, your comments and your interest. I have learned a lot and here is where I think we are. Never will your comments be more welcome than today. libertyPell began in June of 2011 in response to three decades living in Washington […]

This article got lost on its way to either the Sunday Style Section of the New York Times (you know, the one printed on special paper so that ladies don’t get their fingers dirty) or perhaps to the equally revolting “WSJ. Magazine,” home of fat wristwatches and shoes-so-soft-they-won’t-stand-up-without-feet-in-them. It appeared on the front page (okay, […]

Some people dislike Malcolm Gladwell. I am not one of them because I enjoy the way he thinks. He stimulates. Here is a link to a story he wrote for BBC News Magazine Viewpoint: Could one man have shortened the Vietnam War?  It concerns Konrad Kellen, an unknown defense analyst who might have changed the […]

Writing Tip: if you have a little nugget of information that you would like people to know, hide it in a story about politicians who are: (A) unable to find amateurs to sleep with; (B) sneaking off to Argentina for a tryst with the mistress while pretending to be hiking the Appalachian Trail; or (C) […]

The words of another Revolutionary War veteran express the sentiments of Independence Day. Benjamin Warner settled in Ticonderoga after the war and as he neared the end of his life, he bequeathed his knapsack to his son with instructions that as long as one thread of it remained “Never surrender your liberties to an aspiring […]