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On Memorials, Water and Respect

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A Cool Spot on a Very Hot Day There’s a bit of web-inspired kerfuffle this morning over a photo of visitors standing in the water at the WWII Memorial in front of a sign saying not to. The sign says, “Honor Your Veterans, No Wading…” obviously implying that standing in water up to your ankles […]

Todd, the Play: Team of Muses

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A Life Apart Perhaps it is the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer who reminds us the Lincoln marriage was one lived largely apart. During the early years, Abraham Lincoln, a busy Springfield lawyer, rode the circuit, gone for weeks at a time,  with judges and other counsel. They would huddle around a campfire or sleep […]

Some Kimchi Blow Back

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Sony “Un” Done Leave it to Hollywood to assume that they can make a film depicting the assassination of the world’s most vicious dictator and that he would happily go along with it, perhaps in the spirit of Christmas. Not. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, gastric-banded dictator and cheese fanatic, is reportedly behind the hacking of Sony’s IT […]

Emmett, Ireland and Easter

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Make Way for the Elephant Robert Emmett, Irish patriot, was hanged, drawn and quartered in Dublin, Ireland, convicted of leading a failed rebellion for Irish freedom in 1803. He was 25 years old. Emmett was a protestant from a wealthy family, hardly the type to commit “high treason.” But he identified strongly with Catholics in […]

At The National Portrait Gallery: Rittenhouse

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  The Self-Made Man David Rittenhouse (1732-1796)  was a world renowned astronomer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor and inventor. He was also entirely self-taught. Rittenhouse grew up near Germantown, PA.  It is said that at age 13 he had mastered Newton's laws of motion and gravity.  He was one of the first Americans to build a telescope and […]

On The Frontline: Christ, The Free Agent

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Notes From The White House Since the federal shut down I have spent some time most days in front of the White House in what might be called a “crazy old man supportive vigil.” I carry a home-made sign saying, “US Shutdown = Tea Party” and a smaller sign saying, “Christ is for Healthcare.” I […]

Guiding: Your Money For Your Christ

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I chose death. Let’s be honest, that’s where the drama is.

History and Race: March 18, 1942

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  The War Relocation Act Seventy-one years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans to report for forced relocation. In the wake of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, politicians, leaders and many others concluded that all Americans exhibiting the features of Japanese ancestry were potential spies, soldiers or […]

Of Villainy and Religion

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  To Apologize for Kindness You may recall that after the Newtown massacre where 20 children and six adults were murdered, an inter-faith memorial service was held. Reverend Rob Morris, a Newtown Lutheran Minister, one of whose young parishioners was among the dead, gave the benediction at the service. Reverend Morris was subsequently forced to […]

Fire & Art: The Zouaves

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  Ellsworth, Lincoln and the NY Volunteers The Smithsonian Museum of American Art is running an exhibition through April 28th, entitled The Civil War and American Art. It includes 75 works, mostly created during the war by some of America’s most famous artists of the period: Winslow Homer, Frederic Church and Eastman Johnson. It also […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Victoria Huckenpahler
Iran and “The Deal”
I agree, too, Eric. Sometimes one has to take a risk and extend some trust -- even while carefully watching one's back.
2015-07-31 17:50:55
Eric Lamar
Iran and “The Deal”
Thanks, Betty. Great to hear from you. Eric
2015-07-31 17:15:51
Betty K
Iran and “The Deal”
I agree. Let us give the agreement a chance. Betty
2015-07-31 17:11:15
Dave Statter
DCFD: “Show the Kind of Commitment”
Not selective outrage. Just making sure my outrage is focused on where the real problems are. The lieutenant is a personnel issue. The OUC problems are systemic. This call failed before the lieutenant ever knew about it. Now, in the Rhode Island Avenue, NE case the situation was reversed. My focus then was on the…
2015-07-30 22:01:47
Dave Statter
DCFD: “Show the Kind of Commitment”
I have no problem giving DCFD hell when they deserve it Eric. That lieutenant needs attention based on what is written in that report. I urge you to listen to the interview with the interim head of OUC, Chris Geldart, by Mark Segraves today. He excuses the delay in sending the Cuesta call to dispatch…
2015-07-30 21:49:53
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