Category Archives: Politics/Music/Culture

Running in -14 Degree Chicago Weather

January 6, 2014 Chicago Tribune I ran today despite the repeated warnings of frostbite and instant morbidity if one ventures outside the cocoon of domicile heat and flatscreendom. Running in extreme cold is very good training particularly when mixed with twelve … Continue reading

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Nancy Mace, Candidate for South Carolina Senate E-Mail

From: nancy@macegroupllc.com <nancy@macegroupllc.com> Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 10:17 AM To: Kirstein, Peter N. Cc: Marissa Lynch Subject: Introduction from Nancy Mace, running to unseat Lindsey Graham in SC Peter, Greetings. I am writing to make a quick introduction. I … Continue reading

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Abolish N.F.L. Football, Abolish Gangsterism

It is time to abolish professional football; it brings the worst out of the American character. The fan devotion to “home thuggery team,” is similar to support the troops in time of war. The presence of intense local devotion or … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Racism is Not Trivial

Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SECRETARY CLINTON’S PROBLEMS WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HOW THE NOBLESSE OBLIGE OF THE CLINTONS WERE ADDRESSING THIS.  THE POORLY EDITED ARTICLE DID NOT EVEN MENTION THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE OF RACE HATE … Continue reading

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Chicago Marathon Crowds and Support: An Analysis

Those who have run any race, whether a 5,000 metre, 10,000 metre or a marathon are aware of the crowds that are supportive and inspirational for many runners. Why? In particular at the Chicago Marathon, there are about 1,700,000 fans … Continue reading

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More Kirstein Photos from Chicago Marathon

This image above of me in front with purple shirt, white shorts, is at the finish line. The others are waving their arms as they hit the “tape.” The fact I finished in front of other runners is kinda nice even … Continue reading

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Running the Chicago Marathon

In Chinatown, Chicago Marathon at 22 mile mark! I ran the marathon on October 13, 2013. I would call it one of the two or three most significant achievements of my life. The Chicago Marathon, I won’t call it “Bank … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Performs in Toyota Park: Bridgeview, Illinois

Review by Peter N. Kirstein The Dylan concert is somewhat indicative of recent years of his music.Insipid albums, a mediocre band and a less-than-perfect voice. The exeunt of Larry Campbell has left us a band with a tinny sound that cannot reconstruct … Continue reading

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US Travel Alert, Embassy Closings are a Hoax

The US is manufacturing the rationale for its anti-Al Qaeda world-wide travel alert and overreacting to the September 11, 2012 attack on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya in order to avoid political repercussions from the Republicans. The State Department is closing 19 embassies, consulates and other assets for … Continue reading

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In Defence of Mayoral Candidate Anthony D. Weiner

I think there has been too much attention and criticism of Representative Weiner. New York Daily News 1) His activities have been consensual with adults. No one was forcing themselves upon a minor or ingenue with sex-texting or lewd behavior. Sydney Leathers as an adult … Continue reading

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Review of Dylan’s, My Morning Jacket July 12 Concert in Toyota Park (Chicagoland)

This appeared in Boblinks The Dylan concert is somewhat indicative of recent years of his music. Insipid albums, a mediocre band and a less-than-perfect voice. The exeunt of Larry Campbell has left us a band with a tinny sound that cannot … Continue reading

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Saint Louis Billikens in NCAA tournament: 4th Seed in Midwest

The late Rick Majerus who recruited this team and prepared it for national prominence. SLU will face the Western Athletic Conference tournament champions New Mexico State Aggies on Thursday at 1:10 pm CDT. The universities have storied programmes and a shared … Continue reading

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Kirstein Review Essay in Logos: Oliver Stone-Peter Kuznick, Untold History of the United States

This is the link to my review in Logos: a journal of modern society and culture. It also contains a lead article by the distinguished labour historian, Melvin Dubofsky. I aver the work is not untold history but censored and not … Continue reading

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Philosophers for Change Article: “Free Speech, War, and Academic Freedom.”

This article was published by the online journal Philosophers for Change. Its editor is Sanjay Perera who is based in Singapore. This is the link. http://philosophersforchange.org/tag/free-speech/ Image from Philosophers for Change. The paper originated from a panel presentation at the Historians … Continue reading

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N.R.A. is like a Terrorist Organisation

One wonders why the National Rifle Association has received such a prominent place in the American political landscape? Like the Klan in the 1920s, the N.R.A. is not a unique but a more focused representation of widespread values. The K.K.K. … Continue reading

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