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Category Archives: History
To observe the Kent State Shootings, I’m reposting an essay I wrote 2 years ago. The night of May 2, 1970 I was a 17 year-old high school senior, living about 40 minutes east of Kent, OH. One of my … Continue reading
Mississippi first etched itself into my psyche as a focal point of the American Civil Rights Movement, in which racist whites fought long and hard to thwart progress, seemingly denying the outcome of the American Civil War; terrorizing, murdering and blocking any and all effort to drag it, scratching and clawing into compliance with national law, including America’s founding documents. Continue reading
Old news by now but I wasn’t blogging when this appeared and since I wrote on it earlier, thought it worth revisiting. In case you missed it, GM recently reported profits of $4.7bn on new vehicle sales. As if that … Continue reading
Bachmann made the journey to and settlement in colonial America seem like a bit of a “melting pot Carnival Cruise culminating in a rainbow coalition of unity, with all settlers holding hands, singing “Kumbaya”. Continue reading
Okay, enough is enough. Today right wing blow-holes like Eric Cantor are bloviating about how their felonious ambush faux journalist James O’Keefe brought down another so-called bastion of the liberal media, PBS as Vivian Schiller, former President and CEO of … Continue reading
One of my favorite chicken-scratch/fusion funk/”southern-fried” (but not “southern”) confections of the late ’60s/early ’70s was Rhinoceros — a concocted “supergroup” conceived and assembled by management at Elektra Records — a label that among other distinctions, recorded at Jimi Hendrix‘s … Continue reading
One of my all-time favorites of the period was Spirit, a west-coast band of formidable talent and creativity. Spirit had a decent following, but never matched the financial success of many contemporaries, despite writing some of the decades’ most memorable songs. Today, as I watched the oozing crude billow menacingly in the Gulf Coast, I recalled an old saw by Spirit that’s no less pertinent today than the year it was released. Continue reading
“Hope” felt good. Unfortunately, as it became a rallying cry and slogan, it also became a marketing tool. Advertisers, marketers were quick to notice that the concept of hope could be reduced to a branding tool…something useful to sell product…a stamp that helps turn ordinary items into something special. Continue reading
You’ve become acquainted with Corporal Brett Sanders, a longtime family friend and former neighbor, through a post about his coming of age, in which I share how the first hints of his maturation became evident. I’m still in touch with … Continue reading
When asked how many terrorists he thinks there are, Hannity said: “Millions…I believe there’s millions who believe that there’s virgins in heaven if they commit a suicide bombing.” “All religions have their fanatics, wouldn’t you agree with that?, asks Moore. “Na, some–not all but most… are you one?,” asks Hannity. Continue reading