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

Vol.99.5: TENDING TOWARD TRUMPALLNACHT

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, allusions to Hitler and the Third Reich are a source of journalistic mockery these days—hackneyed. I’ll take that risk. But I just seen too many similarities

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Vol.99.4: AMERICA, GREAT(?), AGAIN(?) WHAT?

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It has been about seven months now since blowhard Donald Trump announced his intention to “make America great again” as President of the United States. Although I have not followed his progress

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Vol.99.1: In the Land of Cowards

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There is a perverse logic that afflicts our land of cowards. That’s right, I just called America, self-anointed universal Messiah of democracy, and self-described “home of

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Vol.98.8: THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: VERIFIED   [a re-post of 80.6]

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There has been a lot of chatter the past few years about a “war on Christmas.” Most of us secular humanists have been blamed for it and have regarded this pseudo war as just another fiction

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Vol.98.6: WAR: AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE

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Back in Fall of 2000, when I was a Fulbrighter teaching at Lingnan University in the New Territories of Hong Kong I used to take the fifty-minute bus ride from Tuen Mun into

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Vol.98.5: SCREW IOWA! SCREW NEW HAMPSHIRE! [1.4.2008 revised]

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OK, that’s pretty strong language and maybe offensive to some people (who prefer to use nails). But, frankly, I am sick of Iowa and New Hampshire and their honky-white, coverall, golly-gee

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Vol.98.4: THE RONALD-DONALD

**ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 1--FILE** President Ronald Reagan smiles as he poses for photographers after delivering a speech on television, in this Dec. 11, 1987 file photo. Reagan discussed his summit talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, file)

Three and half decades ago a huckster with heavily-processed hair rose up and declared he would lead the nation into a new “morning in America.” Posing himself as a Washington “outsider,”

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Vol.97.2: Number One

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President Obama’s one on one interview with Steve Croft of 60 Minutes last night (October 11, 2015) was notable on a couple of counts (at least to me).It deals with Mr. Obama mealymouthing

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Vol.96.7: CRAPITALISM: ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF EVERYTHING

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    No wonder there has been such a furor over the ACA—it perhaps presages a full single-payer government health care system—one lucrative area that the private

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Vol.96.3: TWO JIMMYS

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In Tijuana, Mexico, June 1990

During my hiatus from DCJ as my websites have been undergoing an updating and facelift I actually considered whether I wanted to return to writing essays at all. A lot of the stuff I write is about

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