Pants on fire: Forest raking and other myths

Pants on fire:  Forest raking and other myths
The featured image above shows major wildfire activity in 12 western states.  The ones we hear the most about are California, Oregon and Washington, mostly because of those fires’ proximity to heavily populated areas. While it’s completely irrelevant, 7 of those states have Democratic governors and 5 have Republican  governors.  People sheltered inside the Fox... Read more »

Ten years after - A 9/11 retrospective

Ten years after - A 9/11 retrospective
The following was first posted on September 11, 2011.  It reminds us of the imperative of an America where service and sacrifice are honored and the importance of leadership that understands that. In the 60’s and 70’s, musical Utopia for us baby boomers, English blues-rock band Ten Years After produced eight Top 40 albums. Their... Read more »

If Trump is right, we might as well burn our flags

If Trump is right, we might as well burn our flags
Maybe Trump is right, maybe the people who fought and died for this country are suckers and losers. After all, they apparently fought and died so that a bunch of criminals and traitors could run this country into the ground. Hardly the America represented by the Stars & Stripes.  Hardly the America for which so much... Read more »
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Presidential Medals of Freedom are now on sale

Presidential Medals of Freedom are now on sale
President Harry S. Truman handed out the first Medals of Freedom in 1945 to recognize contributions made by civilians during World War II. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy changed it to the Presidential Medal of Freedom and expanded it to include cultural achievements.  Recipients selected by President Kennedy received their medals from President Lyndon... Read more »

THIS. THIS. THIS is Trump's America

THIS. THIS. THIS is Trump's America
If you like the chaos, violence, disease and shattered economy that is today’s America, then vote to reelect Donald Trump.  He’s the one who gave you all this. When Donald Trump took office, violent crimes were at a 15-YEAR LOW and illegal border crossings were at a 50-YEAR LOW. For the previous eight years, the... Read more »

More Americans died of COVID-19 during the Republican National Convention than at Pearl Harbor or on 9/11

More Americans died of COVID-19 during the Republican National Convention than at Pearl Harbor or on 9/11
2,403 U.S. personnel died in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941.  On the morning of September 11, 2001, a surprise terrorist attack killed 2,977 civilians. Almost 3,700 Americans died of COVID-19 during the Republican National Convention last week. Of course, “Whatabout” Ronnie asks, “What about the Democratic National... Read more »
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Black people would be happier if they could just be more Jewish

Black people would be happier if they could just be more Jewish
Black people could end the cycle of poverty and hopelessness, if only they could just be more Jewish.  So stated Sharon of upstate New York and it hurt my head. Sharon and her husband, Kenny seem like normal, reasonable people.  They’re intelligent, well-educated, and fun-loving. On a recent visit to their home, my wife, Broomhilda regaled... Read more »

About Jews and the pyramids...

About Jews and the pyramids...
I’ve been thinking about what next year will be like after the inauguration on January 20, 2021 and I’m a little concerned about who will be inaugurated. The first Jewish holiday after Inauguration Day will be on February 26, 2021. Purim is a celebration of a time about 2,500 years ago, when the Queen of Persia... Read more »

Christopher Columbus was just another wise guy with a boat

Christopher Columbus was just another wise guy with a boat
I usually post the following on Columbus Day, but with Mayor Lightfoot pulling old Christopher off his pedestals, it seemed appropriate to light it up today: Celebrated in 46 states – the holdouts being Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota – Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of America by Italian seafarer, Christopher Columbus. While the... Read more »
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My life as a cotton-growing, slave-owning Southern white gentleman

My life as a cotton-growing, slave-owning Southern white gentleman
The title of this piece may leave a lot to unpack, but let’s put a pin in all that for now. I grew up on the North Side of Chicago and didn’t get further south than Terre Haute, Indiana until I landed at Fort Polk, LA, just a month short of my nineteenth birthday. So,... Read more »