Monthly Archives: April 2018

Idiot’s Delight

In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant succeeded Andrew Johnson – not the best year in American presidential history – but that was also the year that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, and the … Continue reading

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The Last Saturday Night

In January 1976 – a long time ago – Saturday Night topped the charts – a feel-good song recorded by the Scottish pop-rock band Bay City Rollers – the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” as they were known, and then forgotten. The song was awful, … Continue reading

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Not a Prayer

On the last Friday evening in April, America caught a break. There was no big news, which for most Friday evenings of the Trump presidency had been the rule. This was the exception. President Trump didn’t fire Robert Mueller. He … Continue reading

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The Sensible People Elsewhere

Work on the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961 – the German Democratic Republic built their Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart (Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) cutting off West Berlin from East Germany and East Berlin, protecting its citizens from fascist elements conspiring to … Continue reading

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Subtle Ridicule That Sounds Like Praise

Emmanuel Macron invited President Trump for the Bastille Day celebrations last year – the big military parade down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées – but there was a lot of pomp and circumstance before that – formal ceremonies of all sorts – … Continue reading

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Rescuing God or Trump

Jesus will return. Not only are the midterm elections coming, and the Republicans need the Jesus crowd to hold onto what seats in the House they can – that crowd that really does get out there to vote, every one … Continue reading

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Sliding Into Darkness

The world was changing in 1977 – in January, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as America’s most unlikely president. In June, the Supremes performed their final concert together at Drury Lane in London and Elvis Presley held his last concert … Continue reading

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