Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Carpe Diem: 2017.11.09 HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU

As I write this I can raise my sight to a California Autumn sky over the Pacific with a carpet of incandescent orange-red clouds that would have sent JMW Turner running to his paintbrushes, or

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Carpe Diem: 2017.11.02 BACK WITH THE WIND

  General John “Beauregard” Kelly 

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state. Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where

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Vol.104.1: GOD’S MOVIES (Part 1)

Because my father possessed an 8mm print one of my earliest and favorite films was Chaplin’s 1917 Mutual Easy Street. The short silent begins

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Carpe Diem: 2017.10.24 CALL OF DOO-DOO

If you don’t support the war, you don’t support the troops. Questioning why they died tarnishes their loss. Questioning their loss questions your patriotism.

Ever since we did not have surrender

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Carpe Diem: 2017.10.19 PEE WEE A

When I was a kid (back around 1948, or the Late Cretaceous) my favorite beverage was a soft drink called Pee Wee A. It came in two flavors, orange and grape. My favorite was grape. It was very

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Las Vegas is a fake city, a national casino, whorehouse, and gun show venue founded by organized crime in the desert and dressed up in the icons of real cities. Having no historical renown or other

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Ken Burns’ 12-hour Vietnam documentary series is airing this week to great fanfare from PBS, as though the treatment of this controversial war might be finally put to bed by its treatment

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Vol.103.4: FREE SPEECH

I might be doing something wrong—nobody has tried to muzzled me, to shut down Dragon City Journal, although somebody did comment recently that I should just “shut up” (it was gratifying to

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Carpe Diem: 2017.09.12 WHEN LIBERALS GET STUPID

Among the rules I used to I part to my charges when I was leading tours to various parts of the world was Never piss off your waiter (Waitress could apply as well, but in most countries

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Carpe Diem: 2017.09.07 LEAST BRETHREN

In these pages, and in my forthcoming book, The Babo Gospels: Essays and Parables on Faith and Reason, I have hammered the point that religion is arguably the greatest causus belli

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