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Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11 (2022)

I essentially re-post this every year: Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added) –George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity […]

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Slavery By Another Name

“[In the Spring of 1921, John S.] Williams [became] the first Southern white man since 1877 to be indicted for the first degree murder of an African American; it would not happen again until 1966.” — Slavery By Another Name (PBS 2012).   PBS: Slavery by Another Name “resets” our national clock with a singular […]

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My Family’s Doll Test

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi* writing for The Atlantic: Regardless of your race, it’s never too early to consider the messages a child is receiving from the world around them. Color blindness is not an option. Research has demonstrated that even at 1 year old, our children notice different skin colors. We can impress upon children […]

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How Three Amateurs Solved the Zodiac Killer’s ‘340’ Cipher

Kathryn Miles reporting for Popular Mechanics: But then, in December 2020, the FBI announced a breakthrough: The 340 cipher had been solved. Not by its crack Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit, but instead by three computer wonks who’d found one another on an obscure online true-crime discussion board and started collaborating during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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The Attempted Coup of 6 January 2021

For half a century, Republican and “so-called Conservative”1 apologists have been trying to find someting — anything — to minimize Watergate — a shocking and atrocious situation in which the sitting President of the United States conspired — in the Oval Office — to commit a felony, and then further conspired — in the Oval […]

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The religious factions that are growing throughout our land…

On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, […]

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Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11 (2021)

I essentially re-post this every year: Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added) –George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity […]

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Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson collaborates on cover of Big Star’s “The Ballad of El Goodo”

Watch Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson collaborate remotely on cover of Big Star's "The Ballad of El Goodo" – https://t.co/2JZwCne51H pic.twitter.com/wb5LYXDzcu — AM 880 KIXI (@AM880KIXI) February 4, 2021 Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson recently teamed up remotely with Jody Stephens, founding drummer of the influential power-pop band Big Star, and other musicians for a rendition […]

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The Day the Music Died +61 years

As a huge Buddy Holly fan since I was a kid, I try to mark The Day the Music Died, in one way or another, just about every year. And while I often link to the excellent Wikipedia article, this year I’ve searched and found some other interesting articles, including this one at Biography.com, as […]

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Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Sworn in as 46th President of the United States

“My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over… Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.” — President Gerald R. Ford, remarks after taking the presidential oath, 9 August 1974.   Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has taken the oath of office and has been sworn in as […]

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