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Good-Bye, Yogi

1925-2015 The world learned today that the great philosopher, Yogi Berra, passed away. It’s hard to resist looking back at some of his great words of wisdom: When you come to a fork in the road, take it. You can observe a lot by just watching. It ain’t over till it’s over No one goes … Continue reading

Trail of Tears Commemoration Day

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. ~American Indian Proverb ABOUT THE TRAIL OF TEARS: “Under orders from President Jackson the U.S. Army began enforcement of the Removal Act. The Cherokee were rounded up in the summer of 1838 and loaded … Continue reading

Eat Your Vegetables

This week in 1981 Ronald Regan announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in school lunch programs. Remember when that was all it took to make Republicans look weird? ***

Remembering a True New Yorker on 9/11

There are a lot of things to remember and reflect upon during the anniversary of September 11. And plenty of people will be telling their stories of grief, rage, human kindness and patriotism. So, each year, Lester & Charlie like to focus on someone who might get overlooked: Leo Cullum. Leo Cullum, who died a … Continue reading

A Brief History of Voting

History 101: This week in 1957, Republican President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, designed to give all citizens the right to vote. Today’s Republicans deny it. And the protest signs from that era remain the same. ***

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

”Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. “Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” ~Abraham Lincoln Happy Labor Day to all those who built and maintain this nation! ***

A Bittersweet Happy Birthday

“Freedom belongs to the strong.” ~Happy Birthday, Richard Wright       ***

Today in 1963, There Were Some People with a Dream

Address to civil rights marchers by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963 Link to audio recording from the event at the bottom of the page. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in … Continue reading

We’ve Replaced Your Wife With Folgers Crystals

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein Everything indicated that the American divorce rate would drop after the invention of Folgers Crystals. Research indicates, however, that in the early 1960s, when these commercials were introduced, divorce was at its lowest rate of the decade.  Over … Continue reading

Ho Lee Fuk Deez Nuts – When Can News Be Trusted?

In the last few days, this television news broadcast caused a lot of laughter among people who, naturally, thought the reporter was the victim of a prank: But, apparently, Deez Nuts is a legitimate third-party candidate for the White House in 2016. Sure, he’s a high school kid, but he filled out the paperwork for … Continue reading

Freedom is Not Enough

51 years ago this week, President Johnson signed a $1 billion anti-poverty bill called the Economic Opportunity Act. “Freedom,” he said, “is not enough.” The Act initiated a range of programs including: Basic education, training and jobs for young people and work-study programs for economically challenged college students; Adult literacy and work training programs; Funding … Continue reading

One of a Kind

“I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.” ~Happy Birthday to a true American original, Mae West! ***