Throughout the most recent football season Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers declined to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. Football being our national religion, certain politicians have sought to frame this as a sacrilegious act. Their idea of patriotism is wearing flag lapel pins as they sing the praises of family… Continue reading In Search of a True National Anthem
The War Between the States ended one hundred and fifty two years ago but hostilities continue. Our divisions are no longer strictly geographical, but it can be argued the roots spring from that most disquieting time when brother fought brother in bloody battle not for home defense or principal but rather for an intolerable economic… Continue reading Un Civil Wars
If you are capable of reading this then you likely were tutored in this ability by someone. It is also likely that that person was a professionally employed educator otherwise referred to as a “teacher”. If you can add and subtract well enough to balance a checkbook this ability was also likely passed on to… Continue reading The A,B,C’s of Hypocrisy
Love is but a song we sing. Fear’s the way we die. You can make mountains ring. Or make angels cry. – Get Together (Chester William Powers) Lyrics ©Universal Music Publishing Group Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Music Publishing It has been nearly twenty- five years since my friend, boss and… Continue reading What Would Bert Do?
Bully vb bul.lied; bul.ly.ing : to behave as a bully toward Browbeat, cow, hector, intimidate (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary) When I was of middle school age I had an encounter with a neighborhood bully. I was not a tough kid but I was a longshoreman’s son and being the object of persecution for some other… Continue reading A Bully For You
The Cuban Missile Crisis, Chernobyl, Watergate, Clinton-Lewinsky, Iran Contra, George Washington and the cherry tree, Einstein failing math, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, U2 (the incident not the band) , “No new taxes” The USS Maine, weapons of mass destruction, Cigarettes, Joe McCarthy, Hitler to Chamberlain. (Neville, not Wilt) What do all the above mentioned have… Continue reading THE LIES HAVE IT
This is a reprint of a Ledge from Feb. of 2017. It seemed appropriate at this time in our history. Obviously it is pre-Covid 19. Although it is not before the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement it is considerably before it’s large embrace by a more significant portion of the population. The more… Continue reading Friendship in the Age of Trump
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