“I am Not Responsible! I am Not Responsible!”

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You may not recognize this phrase much anymore, but in the 1960s it was a common plea, heard up and down the line at any railroad station in Delhi, Bombay, Cape Town, Singapore, and...

!950’s Cartoon Predicts the Future of America Today

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A simple civics lesson, no longer taught in public schools, this cartoon is 9 minutes long, familiar cartoon characters if you're over 60, the only thing shown here no longer done by citizens, toward...

Mexico Lindo, A Brief History

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Three men, standing at the Mexican border, looking south: Man #1: Mexico Lindo. Man #2: I don't see nothin' so 'lindo' about it. Man #3: Just looks like more of Texas to me. Man #1: You have no eyes! (Iconic lines...

“An Extremity of Nominal Democracy”

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Barbara Tuchman was one of my two favorite historians, (the other is still alive). She published The First Salute in 1988, then died of a stroke early the next year, so this book was to...

Nike Swooshes America

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So many pieces, so little time. An awful lot of points of national survival converge from this little misstep by Nike in re the Matter of Colin Kaepernick as their new #JustDoIt poster boy. The first piece of...

“Heaven for Climate, Hell for Society”, Hal Holbrook

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  You'd have to watch a lot of Hal Holbrook's presentations to find the one quoted in the title. But I heard off an old LP from 40 years ago, and he was comparing the differences between the North and the South at the time...