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8:46 AM 9/11 to 8 minutes 46 seconds, 2020: What Happened?

The numbers 8:46 may become bookend numbers for a transitional period in American history. The first is the time when a jet plane commandeered by Islamic terrorists crashed into one of the World Trade Towers in Manhattan. The second is the amount of time a Minneapolis cop knelt on the neck and back of black […]

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Monsters from the Id: Does Trump Know a Krell Society Is Suicidal?

Spoiler Alert: “Monsters from the id” is a key phrase in the sci-fy classic Forbidden Planet. The story takes place in the 22nd century. It involves a rescue effort of a previous ship and colony. The would-be rescuers learn that the people from the first ship had died a hideous death. They were ripped apart […]

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Mount Rushmore Opportunity for a Little Little Boy: Does He Know It?

In American history, there have been three existential moments when the fate of the United States was at risk: creation, secession, and depression. CREATION At the birth of the country, there was no guarantee that it would be successful. There was no guarantee that the fledgling states would successfully constitute themselves. One person made a […]

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The Battle of Lafayette Square: The Greatest Victory in American History

There have been many famous battles in American history, ones of great significance not just to this country but to the world. Saratoga The Alamo Gettysburg D-Day. These battles reverberated through American history. They helped define who we are as a country and a people. But I suggest when the future histories of this country […]

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Borg to Hong Kong: Resistance Is Futile (Not in America)

Back on August 7, 2019, I wrote a blog entitled When Will the Borg Assimilate Hong Kong?: Is Resistance Futile? I did so triggered by the title of an article “Can Hong Kong’s Resistance Win? (NYT July 14, 2019). I even speculated that the reporter might have had in the Borg in mind when contrasting […]

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2020: The End of the 20th Century and the Beginning of the 21st

Will 2020 be remembered by historians as the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st? We humans like to organize time. Sometimes it is comparatively easy. We are consciously aware of the movements of the sun and the moon. That awareness leads to having days, months, and years as part of […]

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Unmasking Trumpicans: I Live Free and You Die

The coronavirus has had many non-medical effects on America…and you don’t need a red pill to see them. Think of the talking heads, some of whom receive (and open) these posts. Now we can see your kitchens, your livings rooms, your offices with the required bookcase. Sharp-eyed people or more technically-advanced people can even identify […]

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State History Advocacy: A Report from the Frontlines

The legislative sessions this year have been far from normal to say the least. Some actions were undertaken earlier this year before the lockdowns occurred. While much is now on hold, it is useful to catch up on what was done or planned. My main advocacy blog was posted May 3, 2020:  History Advocacy Advisory […]

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