Pierre Tristam

Pierre Tristam is the editor at FlaglerLive.com. Reach him at ptristam@att.net or through his personal Web site at www.pierretristam.com .

 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:45am
Obama’s Poisonous ISIS Moment and The Snare of Remote-Controlled War
You’ve heard by now of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s latest impersonation of his more hysterical half. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he told an interviewer last Sunday, is “right now crucifying Christians in Iraq, literally nailing Christians to trees.” It’s a lie of course. It’s also an old...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 10:52am
The Soft-Core Terrorism of America's Gun Worship
For some reason Adam Putnam, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and governor wannabe, felt compelled to hold a press conference last week to boast about the number of concealed-carry weapons license holders in the state. That number will top 1 million this week, doubling in just five years.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 10:50am
Mitt Romney’s 47% Problem
“You can not be serious.” — John McEnroe
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Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 8:05am
Two White Men Who Like to Cut Things: On Romney’s Nomination of Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman, born during the first Nixon administration, and not old enough to have voted for either Ronald Reagan or the first Bush. It is a puzzling choice, more calculated than inspiring, more cautious than bold, and in some respects, just as strategically faulty as John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 2:27pm
Stonehenge Justices: The US Supreme Court’s Stuffy Ban on TV Cameras and Live Audio
Since Monday, the United States Supreme Court has been arguments for its case of the national health law. The question at the heart of the case is whether it’s constitutional to force people to buy health insurance or pay a fee if they don’t. It’s the most anticipated and the most important Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore in 2000.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 9:35am
Beyond Qaddafi's Good Riddance
The death of Libya’s Muammar el Qaddafi on Thursday recalls the death of Mussolini in 1945, of Romania’s Ceauşescu in 1989, of Saddam Hussein in 2006, and of course of Osama bin Laden in May . They were violent, gruesome deaths at the hands of those they’d tormented, ending lives of violent, gruesome men who thought nothing of making life hell for millions. It’s not diplomatic to celebrate their deaths. It’s difficult not to.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 2:26pm
Since 9/11: A Reckoning
As I write this the families of 9/11 victims are reading at Ground Zero the names of the 2,973 killed there and at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. It takes about five hours. The verbal memorial, now a ritual commemoration of that day, is more heartbreaking than any monument could be, though the two memorial pools, carved into the rock where the Twin Towers used to stand, speak those names almost as powerfully. The names are written in bronze all around the pools. They’re lit from below.
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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 1:32pm
Obama’s Job Jig: Pin-Up to GOP Voodoo
If America’s 14 million unemployed had their own state, The Economist tells us this week, they’d form the fifth-largest one in the union, right behind Florida and ahead of Illinois. If you include the underemployed and those who’ve dropped off the unemployment rolls altogether, that population would be bigger than that of Texas. You could call it the State of Flagler (hold the Perry sauce).
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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:55am
The Greater Threat: Christian Extremism From Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik
Timothy McVeigh, meet Anders Behring Breivik.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 11:25am
When Florida, Like New York State, Joins the Ranks of the Civilized on Gay Marriage
In the early morning of June 28, 1969—just after 3 a.m.—a posse of plainclothes cops raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street in Manhattan’s Village. The cops’ pretext: the bar was selling liquor illegally. That was bogus. It was just another night of gay harassment. There were 200 people in the bar. They were evicted. On the street, they grew to 400. They’d had enough. They threw bricks, bottles and garbage at the cops. They rioted again the next night.
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