Category Archives: History

Patience, everyone.

As more and more information comes out about the current President and his administration’s ties to Russia, many people are becoming more anxious and wondering whether anything will happen.  By anything is usually meant impeachment, but sometimes includes Congressional inquires … Continue reading

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On the Muslim Ban

The Muslim Ban cannot go unchallenged.  We’ve lived through other bans and purges, were worse off for it, and later realized how wrong they were.  Let’s take a look at America’s racial history.  Apologies beforehand to any group I leave out; … Continue reading

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I weep for my country

We’ve been subjected to the Supreme Leader, Cheeto, for six days now.  What he’s done, with the explicit support of other Republicans and tacit support from Democrats, is chilling.  Our country is becoming unrecognizable. He’s reinstituted the so-called “Mexico City … Continue reading

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Will it never end?

With all the horrors happening in the world – Paris and Mali to name but two – the last thing anyone really wants to think about is the current American political scene. Unfortunately, we really can’t. Undoubtedly, everyone’s heard the latest from … Continue reading

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Book Reviews

I’ve decided to have a separate blog dedicated to all things books: reviews, new releases (if I learn of anything of interest), readers advisories, news stories, all that kind of thing.  I’ll leave this one for my political ramblings, some … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dereliction of Duty

McMaster, H. R.  (1992).  Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that led to Vietnam.  New York: Harper Perennial Press. ISBN: 978-0060929084 and 0060929081.  Also available in hardback, ISBN 978-0060187958 and 0060187956, and audio book, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949.  Murry R. Nelson. Jefferson, NC:  McFarland & Company.  ISBN 978-00786440061 and 0786440066. The only full length treatment of the National Basketball League (NBL), this book belongs in every basketball fan’s collection.  Its importance and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jesus Mysteries

The Jesus Mysteries: Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God?  Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy.  New York: Three Rivers Press.  ISBN 978-0609807989 and 0609807986.  Also available in hardback (ISBN 978-0609605813 and 060960581X). Freke and Gandy argue that Jesus is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Making of a Quagmire

The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era (Rev. Ed.). David Halberstam; edited with an introduction by Daniel J. Singal.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  ISBN 978-0742560086 and 0742560082.  Also available by other publishers, in hardback … Continue reading

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