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Bullied by Ann, Stymied by Nancy: Deflating an Inflatable

The Twilight Zone nailed it. I have been waiting a long time to write about this episode. Now, finally, the time is right. Although the details are not an exact match, there is enough in common with the present situation to do so. It’s all about facing fears and then deflating a hot-air balloon. The […]

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Government Trumpdown Enters Second Month: A Self-Dug Hole Dividing America

Before turning to the current topic, I would like to reprint my “So What” paragraph from “Rorschach Test: Exonerated or Did the Trump Hit the Fan?” posted on December 13, 2018 People anticipate more and more indictments and revelations of the tawdry life of this reprehensible person. So what? Assume every charge is true, a […]

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Alien Invasions: Orson Welles and Sean Hannity

The aliens are coming. The aliens are coming. The aliens are here! Perhaps the greatest alien invasion of the United States occurred on October 30, 1938. While December 7 and 9/11 still are remembered by Americans (aren’t they?), this earlier invasion is often overlooked or forgotten. This invasion occurred before television, before cell phones, before […]

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National Emergency Crisis: The Howard Baker Moment Is Now

During the course of American history, the country has faced many national emergency crises. During the War of 1812, Canada burned the White House and the Pentagon in its terrorist assault on the country. To pour fuel on the fire, almost two centuries later Canada imposed on its weaker southern neighbor the worst economic treaty […]

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How Nancy Pelosi Helped Elect Donald Trump: A Tale of Two Women

Several years ago, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, devoted the opening segment of her show to government shutdowns. She was interested to know why the federal government always seemed to be shut down, on the verge of a shutdown, or threatened with a shutdown. She traced the cause to a group of RHINO Representatives then called “Tea […]

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Hotspur versus Bonespur: Having the Right Stuff to Go in the Arena

According to the Constitution, the American President is designated with one specific task: to serve as commander in-chief. In the 20th century, the title was expanded in the popular culture to include “commander in-chief and leader of the free world.” The expansion was due to America’s role in World War I, World War II, and […]

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Civics: Should Children Be Prepared To Be Adult Citizens? (Part II)

In the previous post, I raised the issue of the state of civics in education. I examined the situation in some states including Virginia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In this post, I wish to return to Connecticut before turning to New York. The Connecticut High School History Council At the beginning of this […]

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MAD DOG BANISHED TO THE CORNFIELDS: TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE BECOMES REAL

Rod Serling (and Gene Rodenberry) had an extraordinary ability to foretell our present situation. So many episodes seem to be about today it. In this blog, we turn to: It’s a Good Life  Written by Rod Serling Directed by James Sheldon Originally broadcast Nov. 3, 1961 The comments and descriptions on the websites about the […]

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Mick Mulvaney Parachutes onto a Ship in Chaos the Rats Are Abandoning

The story of Mick Mulvaney becoming the chief of staff will become a case study on the Trump presidency. Indeed all that has happened, is happening, and will happen between the time of announcement of Mulvaney accepting the position on December 14, 2018, and his taking the position would qualify as a Class 5 hurricane […]

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