Category Archives: Middle East

Magic Carpets Over Persia

As a child I had been entranced the the legend of the magic carpet. My mother thought I was funny sitting on the carpet in the living room, trying to fly it like a plane. I was not kidding, so when my father came home from work in April of 1965 to say that his […]

Poetry Police

My hillbilly girlfriend in the 70s was funny. Ann was even funnier drunk. Her limit was two drinks after which she was transformed from an ingenue actress into a white trash beauty. I wasn’t sure which I liked better. One night at CBGBs she launched into a tirade about the poetry police coming to arrest […]

War War War

Hawks in the media and military establishment are calling for America to address the threat of ISIS after the video beheadings of journalists covering the civil war in Syria. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News commentator, “Now, are we going to pull yourself up by our bootstraps and get on with the business […]

THEY ARE ANIMALS By Peter Nolan Smith

The other day I was on 47th Street selling a diamond. I ran into a young friend. Shimon spotted my NY Times opened to an article about Hamas. “Animals.” “Excuse me.” I liked Shimon. We shared the same taste in clothing. “Hamas are animals. They hide behind civilians and hide weapons in schools.” His chest […]

Klaatu Barada Nikto

Isaac Asimov wrote the three laws of robotics in I ROBOT. 1.) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2.) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3.) […]