Ugh is right. Are we back in 1968 again?
In a way.
As Americans try to comprehend the magnitude of all that has transpired in the past week, I can only wish that history could repeat itself, a half-century after a profound personal experience that my memory links to current events.
The setting back then was Lafayette Square, the prime parkland just north of the White House. As Maurice Chevalier once put it, ah yes, I remember it well – but with a bit more precise recall than the Frenchman’s famous retelling.
Those powerful images this week of the […]Full Story... →
“Golf is a good walk spoiled” is an observation attributed to but apparently not uttered by Mark Twain. Aside from a good walk, a similar effect of something being spoiled is felt when you finish reading a great book about the history of Ohio and then read a jarring quote in a newspaper article, a word choice frequently used to demean one of the state’s treasured assets.
That’s the feeling I had when I completed David McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West and then read an article […]Full Story... →
A little more than twenty years ago, the buzz among cinephiles was that there was something about Mary. Today, the buzz heard not so much among moviegoers but by knowledgeable politophobes seems to be that, without a doubt, there’s something about Andy.
And that something? How can you be even more radioactive than a transmitter of Covid-19?
The big difference in that observation is that people who have fallen victim to the coronavirus did not choose that status. But there is one Ohio politician who, consistent with his political and other personal beliefs, has chosen self-detonation and, now, […]Full Story... →
As we confront these dangerous times and attempt to deal with our current state of anxiety, the haunting words of the classic spiritual Whispering Hope and the soothing voice of Willie Nelson come to mind:
Wait, till the darkness is over
Wait, till the tempest is done
Hope, for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.
In sorting through this, the Chinese appear to be ahead of us in getting to the reflective stage. An AP story with a Wuhan dateline offered a preview of where this country might be in a few months as […]Full Story... →
In a recent column, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, an assiduous observer of our present plight, wrote that “this is the week when memories rush back from childhood.”
I’ll second that.
A particular memory from my own childhood is that of an oft-told retelling by my grandmother in her role as an observer of another national crisis a century ago. And as you can expect about any crisis, memories of death and dying are long lasting and have a way of sometimes erasing the happy memories of birthday parties, proms, and the like. Here’s my example.
Grandmother […]Full Story... →
Just in time for the Oscars, the recent Friday Night Massacre of two of Trump’s White House staff and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, along with rumors of further retribution for dissenters in his administration, provide a reminder of a classic 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.Full Story... →
Radical unelected bureaucrats. Deep state. Socialism. Loser teachers. But that’s only the short list of epithets.
Nattering nabobs of negativism. Remember that one? More on that later.
When it comes to hurling slime, Republicans are masters of the art of dousing people with rhetorical radioactivity.
Their favorite target: public employees.
As we enter into the fourth and what should be the final year of the most corrupt and incompetent administration in the history of the Republic, it is clear that this administration has given new meaning to the acronym GOP.
In earlier iterations, it was the Grand Old Party, then […]Full Story... →
“I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. I must vote to impeach.” Believe it or not, those words are from Ohio Senator Rob Portman about the impeachment of another president.Full Story... →
Once upon a time, in the movie classic, A Field of Dreams, we were introduced to a baseball star named Shoeless Joe Jackson. He was the slugger who lost his shirt and a ticket to the Hall of Fame for his presumed involvement in the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal. Note that Shoeless Joe had a lifetime .356 batting average in his major league career but never made it to Cooperstown.
Today, exactly a century after Shoeless Joe, we are witnessing the spectacle of someone called Jacketless Jim, an Ohio Congressman who apparently lost his jacket somewhere between his […]Full Story... →
Robert A. Taft was known in his day as “Mr Republican.” In a twisted way, Rob Portman may yet wind up becoming the modern-day Mr. Republican, as the term is now synonymous with a political party that is the very manifestation of hypocrisy and amnesia.Full Story... →
Too often charter schools are just a way to convert public assets into profit at the expense of kids.
As campaign season fires up, Denis Smith offers advice to presidential candidates: here are the key questions to ask when you visit a charter school.Full Story... →
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