Tag Archives: United States history

Let’s Inject Some Inverted Logic into the Speech

What’s With All This Testing? The speech happened last night in Tulsa. The crowd was smaller than Trump had hoped for and there were anti-racist protests outside. Not a great start to his 2020 presidential campaign. But then in the … Continue reading

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“What Took Them So Long?”

Barack Obama (August 4, 1961 @ 7:24 pm Honolulu, Hawaii) I was talking last night with my 11-year-old granddaughter, trying to explain race relations in the United States, and Canada. When I mentioned that Obama was the first black president, … Continue reading

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All About the Former First Lady

Becoming Michelle Obama Just to be clear, I have not read this book yet. But I did see the Netflix show about her book tour, which covered a lot of the same territory. A couple of years ago, I juxtaposed … Continue reading

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I Swear to Tell the Truth … So Help Me God

If only…

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Black Lives Have Always Mattered

More Than a Smokescreen I’m convinced that history ‘comes around again’ when the underlying causes of social unrest are not resolved, but only swept under the carpet. The USA is under siege yet again, and during an election year. Billy … Continue reading

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Flawed Hero: Triumphs and Tragedy

Charles Lindbergh (Feb 4, 1902 – Aug 26, 1974) Today in history (1927), this man became a household name: Thirty-three hours and 30 minutes after he took off from New York’s Roosevelt Field, aviator Charles Lindbergh lands 3,600 miles away … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens: an Act of God?

Mount St. Helens Erupts (May 18, 1980 @ 7:32 am PDT) There are some memories that you never forget. This one happened 40 years ago. We were living in Vancouver, BC at the time. At about 7:30 that Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Opening the “Gate” on Political Scandals

Watergate There’s a lot of it about: no, not scandals; ‘gate’ used as a shorthand for political scandal. The most recent example is “Obamagate”, touted by Trump in this election year as the greatest scandal of all time. Really? I … Continue reading

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Not America’s Finest Hour

The Bay of Pigs Invasion While writing, yesterday, about Dag Hammarskj√∂ld’s plane crash in 1961, I started wondering about the US failed attempt to invade Cuba and remove Fidel Castro from the world stage. It was an embarrassing diplomatic fiasco. … Continue reading

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Oil Bet You Already Know This…

The Men who Made America Great Then This is probably old hat to conspiracy theorists. The American Dream is that any old schmuck can grow up to be President of the United States. But only if you’re backed by the … Continue reading

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