Posts in category "history"

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.      
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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.          
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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 »

A fan bids farewell to Downton Abbey

  “Will Carson and Mrs. Hughes make it down the aisle? Will Branson find happiness in America? Will Mary snap up the affections of the “snappy chariot” driver? Downton Abbey Season 6 premieres January 3, 2016, 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS! Together, let’s plan to make the coming year a celebration of Downton Abbey as... Read more »

George W. Bush honors the wounded vets by taking their treasure

  For a one-hundred-thousand-dollar fee Bush spoke to the veterans recently. They paid with their blood, so why couldn’t  he Square their  accounts by doing  it free?  
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Epistolary wisdom from Thomas Jefferson to mark the 4th of July

  To Patrick Henry, March 27, 1779: “But is an enemy so execrable, that, though in captivity, his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.” To Peter Carr, August 19, 1785: “It... Read more »