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

Carpe Diem: 2017.11.02 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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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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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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Okay climate change deniers get ready for a diaper change. Calling Hurricane Harvey a “natural disaster” is a joke. It involved nature, of course, but what made it a disaster is largely a product

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.22 ECLIPSE NUMBER ONE

Most people, I assume, thought that Donald Trump’s August 21 speech about Afghanistan was about Afghanistan. It wasn’t. It was a vague, cliché ridden wall of blather and hackneyed ideas that

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.10 THE RECUSER

Carpe Diem: 2017.07.20 THE FAKE HERO

The news today on NPR’s “All Things Considered” was that Senator John McCain, who recently underwent surgery for a blood clot behind his eye, has been diagnosed with an aggressive, incurable

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Carpe Diem: 2017.07.01 YESH WE CAN

Hi, I’m Jim’s personal Lord and Savior (well, he might not put it quite that way). I live with him here is his condo in the room where he used to have the ‘indwelling’ of the Holy Spirit

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