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Don’t Be a Sucker Redux (NSFW)

In 2004 we made a video when the words “We have come to take our country back” scared us to death. We heard that before. So did the veterans of WWII. Now we’re hearing it again. Now we’re posting it again. Stand up. ***

Oh, right. Happy Inauguration Day.

“Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as “the most flagrant of all passions.” “No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little.” “Government was rarely more than a choice between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” “A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless … Continue reading

A Must Read on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we ask you to find time to read this powerful letter that captures a moment of history and still rings true today. Prison Desk Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement […]

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Trump? Wall? In the 1950s?

When will history learn that we repeat ourselves? Watch a clip of this 1950s television Western, where a man named Trump comes to town and promises to solve everyone’s problems by building a wall. Spoiler alert: Didn’t work that time, either. ***

Best Wishes on this Native American Heritage Day

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” ~Native American Proverb *** The Friday after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day. We hope that everybody will mark the occasion with a moment of constructive contemplation. With a moment of thanks for the … Continue reading

Give Us Your Poor

Happy Birthday to the Statue of Liberty, dedicated this day in 1886.   //giphy.com/embed/eBTcddpOyGrlK via GIPHY Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name … Continue reading

Trump Proves Steinbeck

“A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.” ~John Steinbeck, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature this day in 1962 From The Economist: […] America has problems, but this picture is a caricature of a country that, on most measures, is more prosperous, more peaceful and less racist than ever before. The real threat … Continue reading

Happy Birthday to the Universe! Which was created at 8pm on 23 October 4004 BC.

From “OnThisDay” website: Archbishop James Ussher, Primate of All Ireland, announced in 1650 that the universe had been created at 8pm on 23 October 4004 BC. It was a claim famously put to the test in the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925 when American teacher John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee state law by … Continue reading

Best Wishes on this Native American Day

“Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find money cannot be eaten.” ~ Cree Prophecy

PROOF: All Trump Ever Needed to Know He Learned on 1950s TV

Everybody knows that Trump has a bit of a problem when it comes to separating media from reality. Is it possible that 1950s television commercials shaped his political platform? His attitude on life? Let’s explore: DONALD TRUMP ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE “It must be a pretty picture. You dropping to your knees.” ~Donald Trump … 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

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

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