Posts in category "history"

History one stitch at a time: a lesson from ChicagoNow's Kathy Mathews

  “In 2015 I visited Calvin Coolidge’s home for the second time. I enjoy the fact that he is a President who made a quilt!”    [Kathy Mathews: “3 stupendous blog updates and one bummer”]   Calvin Coolidge’s silence marked him to the hilt. He had Scottish ancestors who did wear a kilt. He was very... Read more »

On deciding the fate of rebel statuary

  Should Confederate statues be taken down now? This controversy has created a row. We may never agree Upon generally, But let us civil be, any how.    

On Trump's fascination with Old Hickory

  Of all of the presidents, Jackson’s Trump’s hero; The  reasons he gives really add up to zero. In Trump’s simple thinkin’ He’s greater than Lincoln. What’s next? He admires the Emperor Nero?  

Trump is taking us back to 1984

  “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, called easily disproved claims made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer ‘alternative facts.’ A bewildered Chuck Todd responded, ‘Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.’ While the phrase ‘alternative facts’ reminded many of the terms ‘falsehoods,’  ‘lies’ and ‘untruths’ it reminded many... Read more »

In Trump, Pope Francis sees parallels to Hitler

  “‘Hitler did not steal power,’ the pope said. ‘He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people.'”  [Pope Francis]   When asked about Trump said the Pope My fears are all groundless, I hope. There seems not a  gulf Between him and Adolph If there isn’t may God help us cope.... Read more »

Trumpolini: A Rule by Fiat?

  Trump reminds many of this dictator, A notorious human rights hater. Mussolini, by name. They may not be the same. But Trump seems like a good  simulator.      

2016 could have been better, but wasn't the worst by far

  No doubt there were worse years than last. When Jews were rounded up and gassed. When Japanese died in a blast When Huns and Goths left towns aghast When victims of the plague were vast When nations wept with flags half-mast. When Death across each household passed. The world has seen worse years than... Read more »

The Purple Reign of Elizabeth II

  Here’s to the nonagenarian Queen Whose reign is the longest her country has seen. Whom age neither withers nor custom gnarls. I can’t say the same  for Prince Charles.  

Are we watching Trump do in the GOP?

  Some say the Republican Party is dying. And Trump has it gasping for breath. It cannot believe what its base now is buying. Like taking political meth. And now in a panic, it’s wherefore-and-whying, While Democrats wait for its death.          

Hillary, Alexander Hamilton would sympathize with you about those Republican probes

  I’ve been reading Ron Chernow’s brilliant biography of Alexander Hamilton.  My wife gave it to me for Christmas.  I hinted I might like it after we saw a 60 Minute piece on the Broadway musical”Hamilton” by another brilliant guy, Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Miranda said in the piece that his musical was inspired by the book.... Read more »