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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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Senator Joe Lieberman was disgrace to Senate

Senator Joseph Lieberman, (I) from Connecticut is leaving the Senate and a legacy of racism, militarism and monstrous evil. This man derailed the possibility of extending Medicare to those fifty-five or older and establishing a nation-wide “public option” of Obamacare. This person sidetracked … Continue reading

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Schaumburg Half Marathon Race in Busse Woods: November 24, 2012

Highlights besides finishing this race was running by an Elk preserve in Busse Woods where these beautiful animals were sitting and staring at the runners. Foot bridges across streams leading into crystaline lakes were also awesome. But nothing beat finishing … Continue reading

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Rapes, Congressperson William Todd Akin and Free Speech Under the Constitution

It is outrageous for the Republican establishment to demand Congressperson Todd Akin end his bid for a Missouri Senate seat for his “legitimate rape” statement. He was merely expressing an opinion and did not engage in foul, racist or overtly sexist language. … Continue reading

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Why I Gave to the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign on the Day of the New Hampshire Primary

Without completely testing whether I have the academic freedom to endorse a candidate, I gave to the Ron Paul campaign at his website. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/ This is the first time I have contributed to a Republican presidential candidate’s campaign either in … Continue reading

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GOP Should not Pass Senate Bill to Extend Social Security Payroll Tax Cuts

The House Republicans will cave in but should not extend the payroll tax cut. The Democrats are playing politics with the Social Security System. The payroll tax was to be a temporary one-year deduction from 6.2% to 4.2%. Yet that money … Continue reading

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President Obama Pardons Turkeys but Racist State Murder of Capital Punishment Remains Unaffected

Presodent Obama who I spoke to once at a fund raiser during the 2008 campaign and was on a conference call with him from New Hampshire, has apparently overlooked the surreal irony of pardoning two turkeys during the Thanksgiving Day … Continue reading

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Cardinals Win 2011 World Series: The Greatest Organisation in US Sports’ History

In this improbable dream, the beloved, adored and historically glorious St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. They did not do it with swagger. They did not do it with high-fives and gloating when a fellow athlete sustained a concussion … Continue reading

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Allman Brothers Ersatz Cover Cardinal Magic and World Series in YouTube Video

“I was born a Cardinal fan” video proclaims the latest magical mystery tour as the St Louis team pursues another World Series championship against the Texas Rangers. What we are witnessing is the greatest sports organisation in American history. The … Continue reading

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New York Times “Highlights” My Comment on Casey Anthony Acquittals

The New York Times takes comments for some of its articles. Mine was #165 in order of publication. They “highlight” a “selection of the most interesting and thoughtful comments that represent a range of views.” I commented on the Anthony … Continue reading

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John McEnroe’s Ignorance on Williams Sisters and Silent on Kim Clijsters

Serena Williams Wimbledon defeat to Marion Bartoli some say was good for the game: Kim Clijster’s return was wonderful for the game? I see blatant hypocrisy and prejudice here. I was stunned when John Patrick McEnroe the color analyst for Wimbledon on NBC expressed … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Uncensored in Beijing, China, April 6, 2011

Image from Washington Post, April 7, 2011 Much is being made of Bob Dylan’s first trip to the People’s Republic of China and the alleged sweeping censorship of his music. The Washington Post and New York Times have gleefully published … Continue reading

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Beverly Review Covers Kirstein Opposition to Nuclear Energy

S. Frances Crean, RSM, chemistry professor and Peter N. Kirstein on Japan’s nuclear crisis and the future of nuclear power. Story appeared in the March 30, 2011 issue of The Beverly Review. Concerns on nuclear power discussed at SXU forum … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Disgraceful Senators: Mr Kyl and Mr McCain

Republican Senators Kyle and McCain Senator John McCain was a participant in a war crime: The indiscriminate bombing of North Vietnam during the criminal Vietnam War. He deserved to be a POW but certainly under appropriate Geneva Convention strictures. He … Continue reading

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Bush Era Tax Cuts for Millionaires Debate: Déjà Vu All Over Again

1931 was the third year of the Great Depression. There was a great debate whether tax increases should be levied against the rich to help restore fiscal sanity and provide much needed cash to help the vulnerable. Today as we … Continue reading

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Error On Dylan Brandeis 1963 Concert CD

I have just received the seven-track CD of the “Bob Dylan in Concert Brandeis University 1963.” On the backside of the CD it allegedly reproduces a ticket stub at the weekend folk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. I don’t know if this … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Mysterious Brandeis University 1963 Concert

Bob Dylan was quite busy in 1963. He performed before Glenn Beck did on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington event in August 1963 that is most noteworthy for Dr King’s “I Have A Dream” … Continue reading

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The Jesuits and Me: FBI Zinn Files Article Triggers Comments.

The blog, Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, has been previously praised for its elevation of the technical aspects of my article and the utilisation of links. I have also critiqued it for its reactionary politics and lack of catholicity: small “c.” There have been quite a … Continue reading

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Hero Governor Blagojevich, With Daughter, Who Kept Moratorium on Death Penalty Racism

  Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks with reporters as he leaves his home to take daughter Annie to camp in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. A day after hearing the verdict in his political corruption trial, Blagojevich was on dad duty, … Continue reading

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Only Racists and Bigots, Such As Anti-Defamation League, Would Oppose Mosque in Lower Manhattan

It’s true. This country has not learned from its past. I live in a community in Chicago’s suburbs that refused to allow a mosque to be built in 2000 and beyond. Our mayor courageously defended it but the Muslim community … Continue reading

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Update: Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit Blog Misrepresentation of HNN Article on Dr Zinn and Fr. Berrigan

Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit gratuitously and disgracefully refers to the late Dr Zinn in its title as a “Notorious Communist” and deliberately omits that portion of my article in which that affiliation is denied. I give precise documentation that Dr Zinn … Continue reading

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