Nov 17 2014

As stupid as you would like to think


 In this latest attempt at the gymnastics of literary flying spittle, the writer tiptoes right up to the line of calling President Obama an uppity black man.  Apparently the GOP has a mandate now, and the president is failing to humble himself to the people’s wishes (to regress back to the 1950s)…  This letter appeared in the Sunday, November 16, 2014 edition of the Sentinel Record, under the title “Throw them out.”


Dear editor:

“Can you hear me? … [more]

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Nov 10 2014

The “L” word

General Dan Bolger says what the US does not want to hear: Why We Lost

By , Monday 10 November 2014


Dan Bolger is not looking to add to the debate over the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The retired three-star army general, out of patience with unresolved conflicts, means to end it.

On Tuesday, Bolger will publish his 500-page attempt to make sense of both the wars in which he served. Its blunt title pre-emptively maneuvers … [more]

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Nov 09 2014

Texas is watching over 2,000 Hamas



This bizarre bit of public paranoia appeared as a letter to the editor in Saturday’s Sentinel Record (November 8, 2014 CE), under the title “Where is the outrage?”  Where, indeed?  Methinks you did, in fact, vote ignorant, madams.  Ignorant and scared.  And maybe even stupid…

Jacques d’Nalgar, Sunday, November 9, 2014 CE


Dear editor:

With regard to Ms. Zitko’s letter of Thursday, Nov. 6, I have this to say.

Yes, this election was about opposing and hopefully … [more]

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Oct 31 2014

In the defense of racial segregation

The Real Origins of the Religious Right

By Randall Balmer, May 27, 2014


One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. The tale goes something like this: Evangelicals, who had been politically quiescent for decades, were so morally outraged by Roe that they resolved to organize in … [more]

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Oct 31 2014

Scariest jack-o’-lantern ever

It looks like some kind of sci-fi blob from outer space, but it’s actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and three … [more]

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Oct 20 2014

Memphis Blues Caravan


Once upon a time in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on a cold January night in 1975, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and hearing a unique gathering of Delta bluesmen.  Here’s the clipping from the top of page 4 of the 1/22/1975 edition of The Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State’s college paper)…

…and here are the fascinating stories of the Memphis Blues Caravan, as told by Arne Brogger.  Mr. Brogger wrote me today and added “It was an extraordinary experience, from start to … [more]

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Oct 19 2014

House to house, field to field

Elie Wiesel hides ethnic cleansing behind a prayer shawl

By , Oct. 17, 2014 1:16 AM


Much have I learned from gossip columns, which for reasons of propriety are also called “social columns.” Without them how would we know who’s going with whom and for what gain?

Before turning to the news pages, cast an eye on the yellow stuff. It will help you understand how the system works.

The special ads – not those intended to … [more]

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