Jackie and Me: A Brooklyn Thing

PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—Playing second base, in close proximity to the other team’s bench, Jackie could not help but be overwhelmed by the profanities. They questioned his manhood, his sexuality, his wife and family…. nothing was spared that day. As the story goes, when it was time for the Dodgers to return to their own bench, Jackie was boiling! Though he had gone through this kind of thing many times, this day the assaults were “crossing the line”. Jackie, when he signed with Brooklyn in ‘ 47,  had given his word to Branch Rickey, the Dodger General Mgr. The agreement was that he would never once respond either physically or verbally to any racist attacks on his person. Rickey knew that Jackie, a college graduate and veteran army officer, had a certain sustenance that many men, regardless of race, could not or would not summon up, that inner resource to ‘take it’.


REPOSTED: Tulsi Gabbard Takes On Her Critics Inside Dem Party

A recent poll of the Democrat presidential wannabes shows that the media are clearly burying Tulsi Gabbard’s bid, assigning it (and it can get worse) merely 1% of their coverage, while party stalwarts like Warren get 16 times as much and Bernie Sanders, a likely sheepdog again and no threat to the national security state, 23 times as much. That makes items on Tulsi all the more valuable, especially those showing the treachery issuing from within her party’s own ranks. Tulsi may no be perfect—we are aware of that—and at this point we can’t say for certain that she won’t suddenly do an about face, but so far, despite some contradictions, she’s a breath of fresh air, and her value is in precisely forcing on the topical agenda the endless wars and their costs in life and treasure here and around the world, not to mention making the dense layer of cowards and apologists for the current rotten status quo look as awful as they are.


Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden

PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—This writer’s favorite film of all time, right ahead of Seven Days In May and JFK is of course Casablanca. The film had it all, from WW2 suspense to old fashioned romance… with a good dose of twists and turns. In the film Paul Henreid plays Victor Laszlo, the Czech resistance leader, who has already escaped and eluded the Gestapo a few times. Laszlo has  been tortured on more than one occasion, yet told them nothing important. He comes to Casablanca in search of a way to leave North Africa and go to the USA to continue his important work. In a powerful scene near the end of the film Laszlo and Humphrey Bogart’s lead character Richard Blaine( AKA Rick of Rick’s Cafe Americain )discuss Laszlo’s work:

Rick:  Did you ever wonder if all of this is worth it?

Victor: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing we will die. We stop fighting our enemies and the world will die!