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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! ***

A Lesson in Standing Tall

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.” -Franklin Roosevelt, who was stricken with polio on this day in 1921. ***

Amen

“The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.” ~Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” published this day in 1854 ***

The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon’s Resignation

On this anniversary, let’s remember one great — but too often overlooked — Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 41 years ago with logic and passion. Check out Barbara Jordan‘s brief but prescient remarks to the House Judiciary Committee at the beginning of the Nixon impeachment hearings:

Anything to Declare?

Say what you want about the customs department, immigration department or homeland security. They know how to state the obvious. Even when it makes them look a bit looney. Yesterday, Buzz “Man in the Moon” Aldrin tweeted an image of his favorite astronautical memorabilia: the customs declaration form that absolutely had to be completed when … Continue reading

Fear, Loathing and the Independent Mind

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ~Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin ***

The Cuckoo’s Nest

43 years ago today, Democratic VP candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the McGovern ticket because he once had psychiatric treatment. Hoping this guy with the Cuckoo’s nest will do the reverse. ***

It’s only a Bribe

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville, born this day in 1805. ***

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