Monthly Archive: October 2016


Wednesday’s Child:  More from Paris

An absurdly generous friend put us up in a hotel new to the city, The Peninsula, where a bottle of mineral water from room service would set you back $28.  Back in Palermo, that would buy me a whole roast lamb – dinner for eight to ten guests, or a wild sea bass of mammoth proportions. One of the functions I was to attend in Paris was a meeting of expat Republicans – “Republicans” as in the GOP, not in the European sense of cowardly regicides – and, when I got there, the contrast could not have been more striking. ...


From Under the Rubble, Episode 8: The Last Presidential Debate


Thomas Fleming and his former radio partner Paul Youngblood scrutinize the last presidential debate and the toxic nuclear fallout in the media. If you’re new to the Foundation and our work, please register as a free user and get access to some of our content. Show Sponsor: Members Who Support Our Work Original Air Date: October 25, 2016 Show Run Time: 38 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Paul Youngblood Podcast Player – Click the Cloud to Download Episode   From Under the Rubble℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2016. All Rights are Reserved.


The Truth From Donald’s Big Mouth

Donald Trump is the bull in the Republican china shop—or, considering who pays our politicians,  should that be China shop?  Whatever passes before his eyes or between his ears can inspire speculations—usually presented as self-evident truths—so outrageous that they offend the official media and embarrass even loyal supporters. To make matters worse, Donald’s most ridiculous proclamations typically have not just a grain of truth but whole boulders of the stuff, bigger than the land mass of Eurasia on a map of the world.  Truth makes Trump’s pronouncements more wicked in the same way that St. Thomas says a true detraction...


Properties of Blood I.10: Demands of Blood, Part B

When Bad Things Happen to Good People—and Vice Versa When Bad Things Happen to Good People is the title of a 1980’s bestseller by Harold S. Kushner.  As a rabbi, Kushner had certainly studied the book of Job, but it has always seemed to me astounding that a cracker-barrel essayist would want to tackle a subject that had already been treated by the authors of Job, the Odyssey, and the writers of Greek tragedies, to say nothing of St. Gregory the Great in his Magna Moralia, a commentary on Job.  When the book came out, I used to joke with...


Truth-slinging Through the 2016 Campaign

When someone attacked “mud-slinging” in political campaigns, Mike Royko replied, “Well,  you can call it mud-slinging. But to me, all the rotten stuff they say about each other sounds true, so I call it truth-slinging.” He wrote that in 1992, during the first Clinton national campaign. That obviously has happened in this election which, I dearly hope, is the last one ever conducted by a Clinton. This time, while we really haven’t learned anything new about Donald Trump and Hillary Gorgon, what we have known has been emphasized with a thousand exclamation points. Donald Trump has been shown to be...


The Best Revenge, Episode 5: Spaghetti All’ Amatriciana


Dr. Fleming and Chef Garret discuss this Italian classic and how it can be adapted to American ingredients. Please send in questions and reports of the results when you try your hand. Original Air Date: October 22, 2016 Show Run Time: 43 minutes Show Guest(s): Chef Garret Fleming Show Host(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming   The Best Revenge℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2016. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.


Properties of Blood Volume I, the Tenth and Final Chapter 10: The Demands of Blood, Part A

Now every man to aid his clan Must plot and plan as best he can. One week after leaving the scene of the accident (on July 18, 1969) in which his secretary had drowned in shallow water, Senator Edward Kennedy addressed the people of his state: “I have requested this opportunity to talk to the people of Massachusetts about the tragedy which happened last Friday evening. This morning I entered a plea of guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.  Prior to my appearance in court it would have been improper for me to comment on...


Wednesday’s Child:  Letter from Paris

Oh, how it made me wish that our late friend Curtis Cate were still here, living in the Rue des Saints-Pères and gesticulating awkwardly when lamenting this or that Soviet ploy.  I went into a tobacconist’s under the windows of his old apartment and asked the lady at the counter if she remembered Monsieur Cate, the American writer.  She said she did, supplying me with a sour smile, a packet of unfiltered Gitanes, and an English newspaper. The news was that Putin had cancelled his visit to Paris, where the new Russian “Spiritual and Cultural Center” – an almost unimaginably...


One Reason to Vote for Trump and 9 Not To…

Supposing that all the criticisms of Donald Trump are true–and there is at least a grain of truth in most of them–then what? Cons Starting at the bottom of the negatives, Donald Trump is 9  As rude as Hillary Clinton 8 As ignorant as Barack Obama. 7 He has the command of English typical of an NPR newsreader and 6  The social and political philosophy of a baboon in heat. 5  He love women the way a Japanese winner of a hotdog eating contest loves wieners and 4  Actually thinks he is a great man because he has gamed a crooked system...


Properties of Blood: Outline of Volumes I and II

Properties of Blood, Volume I:  Love and Hate Preface: Chapter One:  Exiled Children of Eve Chapter Two:  Love and Hate Chapter Three:  The Disappearing Individual Chapter Four: Friends Chapter Five:  Revenge Chapter Six:  Defending Honor Chapter Seven: Dueling for Honor Chapter Eight: Kith and Kin Chapter Nine:  Spouses and Heirs Chapter Ten:   Demands of Blood   Volume II:  Marriage and Children Chapter One:  Defining Marriage Chapter Three: Spouses, Rights and Duties Chapter Three:  The Rights of Parents Chapter Four:  The Duties of Children Chapter Five:  Matters of Life and Death [Several of these chapters will be in two parts]...