Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’
I was a political science major at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the 1970s, a fairly yeasty time of Vietnam, Watergate (I watched the hearings voraciously) and the first President (Gerald Ford) selected through the 25th Amendment, after Vice President Spiro Agnew, and later President Richard Nixon, left office.
I remember the sharp partisan divide. Yet I recall a strong sense of duty to country, being greater than duty to party, taking place, as the Republican members of the Senate committee investigating the break-in, and the House committee that was considering the impeachment of a Republican President, resolutely, though not without anguish.
The political climate in the United States in 2016 is awful. Read the rest of this entry »
The birthday of Ringo Starr is July 7. And for his birthday, Ringo wants us all to to flash the peace sign and say the words “peace and love” at noon in whatever time zone you’re in.
In 2005, on that date, there were the horrific London bombings.
In 2016, on that date, there were the horrific shooting of police in Dallas, TX apparently by a lone gunman, an Army veteran.
OBVIOUSLY, this “peace and love” stuff is not working. Read the rest of this entry »
The Case Against Reality. A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman’s ‘Manly Health’ Tips, appearing in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. It was uncovered by a University of Houston student, and includes: “The beard is a great sanitary protection to the throat.”
The Neverending Workday – A pervasive cultural norm of work devotion leaves many employees with little time for family, friends, or sleep.
In rural Maine, a life of solitude and larceny. Police say hermit stole to survive 27 years in woods.
As you’ve likely heard, the redesign of the United States currency involves putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. While most people thought it was a swell idea, naturally there has also been all sorts of backlash.
One thread, which I shan’t link to, was an attack on political correctness. “Why can’t we have money the way we’re used to?” Why, she wasn’t even a President! Neither were Alexander Hamilton ($10) or Benjamin Franklin ($100).
But the path to get Tubman on the $20 actually predated any government initiative. A non-profit group Read the rest of this entry »
When I linked to a couple articles about obvious signs of bigotry, my friend Chris wrote: “Holy 1952, Batman! What’s up with all the crazy racism stories? Are they more prevalent or are they being reported more?”
Well, yes. Both, I would assert.
At the same time, I’ve come up with a theory. There was a period that bigotry, at least in the public forum, was considered impolite, inappropriate, untoward. What changed is that people have been able to more easily find like-minded folks online. In other words, bigotry as pack mentality.