1962

For over a year, teachers and school boards have fought the myth of Critical Race Theory (CRT) being a bludgeon to batter white kids’ delicate psyche(s). Christopher Rufo, a conservative activist and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has long been an advocate of school choice and privatization and glommed...

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  • September 21, 2022

Layaway, on-time, and paying-something-down-on-it have been very familiar phrases in black, brown, and poor neighborhoods for generations; credit was for the people who did not need it. Financial freedom because of race, religion, and status was prohibitive for countless numbers of Americans and immigrants. The constant pressure of having to...

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  • July 14, 2021

The Atlanta spree killings are unfortunately a story with structural similarity to events elsewhere. How do we know that Robert Long wasn’t on his way to Mar-a-Lago when the cops performed a PIT maneuver on him after he killed eight people. Darn hypotheticals of the culture wars. Mar-a-Lago as spa resort...

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  • March 19, 2021

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

The song written by Sonny Bono and was a hit for Sonny Cher had a song called The Beat Goes on.  The song was released in 1967 but applies to every year it seems. I sat on my porch today thinking, “ This is one crazy year”.   I never say...

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  • October 26, 2020

A new generation of “forward to the past”, anti-modern conflict for which the GOP should pay in November. x “The likely shift in the court’s makeup — from Ginsburg, a liberal icon, to an outspoken conservative — would be the sharpest ideological swing since Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall...

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  • September 26, 2020

even though being moved to the point of tears is not uncommon for me nowadays. I first read John Hershey’s writing about Hiroshima while in high school, from which I graduated in June of 1963. By then I had read widely about the 2nd World War. As a result I...

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  • August 6, 2020

WaPo made an adjustment and Trump has now lied 18,000 times. The comparison is staggering on Trump’s economic claims. APR 03 2020 “Again, we had the strongest economy in the world. We had our best ever. We had probably the best economy in the history of the world, bigger than...

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  • May 13, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: Too much of modern politics revolves around fundraising, especially after the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision. But when Leo Szilard created this organization in 1962, he emphasized the importance of both “the sweet voice of reason’’ and raising funds...

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  • April 20, 2020

Which film version of Mutiny on the Bounty does Trump prefer (extra points if a reporter asks this during the COVID presser). The Mel Gibson version? Or is he only doing this to divert attention from the fictional Caine Mutiny. If we assume that the president can read (which, honestly, is a...

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  • April 14, 2020

It is a shame we are not spared a moment from daily turmoil to respectfully mark the death of a legendary figure like the dearly departed Maryland Congressional Rep. Elijah Cummings. Mr. Cummings left us yesterday at age 68.  I hesitate to bring up the current occupant of the White...

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  • October 18, 2019

I’m sure everyone will be very surprised to know that Trump’s shortlist of SCOTUS candidates is not exactly everything we’d like to see in a replacement for Kennedy. Or anything we’d like to see in a replacement for Kennedy. But there are some really scary options on that list. Like the guy in that...

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  • June 27, 2018
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