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Philando Castile: “A Legal Lynching”?

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Philando Castile was shot and killed by St. Paul, MN, police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop for non-working tail lights. Officer Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and acquitted in a jury trial last Friday. The verdict is being referred to as a “legal lynching” once again raising questions […]

MAGA: Donald Brings Out the Wackos

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A Lefty with a Gun It’s been a long time since lefties were running around shooting, kidnapping and bombing. I recall some of it during the Vietnam war in the early 70’s. America was sorely tested by an avalanche of tragedies including the murders of MLK, RFK and the war. Richard Nixon, a figure once […]

Comey (Mostly) Self Destructs

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Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey because the short-term political stars aligned nearly perfectly in the president’s favor. Comey is to blame for the circumstances. In the Clinton email investigation Comey defied FBI investigative procedure when he revealed the results of one investigation or the fact that the other would be conducted. In the […]

Trump and the Civil War: He’s Right

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Give the Douche Bag His Due Regarding the Civil War, Trump asked “why it could not have been worked out” and then observed that he “always felt that the South overplayed their hand.” In Trumpian language the deal on the table in 1861 was that President Lincoln, chief negotiator for the Union, was fine with […]

Guiding: The Wall and Ritual

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The Vietnam Veterans Wall, opened in 1982, is a shade under 500 feet long with over 58,000 names of those killed or missing etched into its shiny black panels. While other war memorials also list names, the Wall stands alone for its enveloping design and enormity. The names take center stage, a tidal wave of […]

War: Boys and Their Toys

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July Fourth, Early This past Thursday the US military deployed the GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal, at a cave site reputed to be used by ISIS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. For the military it’s the equivalent of  being able to take that brand new Harley you bought out for a spin after a […]

Guiding: Arlington Seen and Heard

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This past Wednesday was a glorious day here in Washington with the sky cloudless and the temperature a sweet 75 degrees, a superb day to be out and about. Those familiar with DC will know that the city is full of trees and lushly landscaped with special spring and summer plantings and a huge variety […]

Guiding: St. Pete and a Global Mom

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I toured with fifth-graders and their parents the other day and we concluded with an evening visit to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. (The Pentagon was struck by a commercial jet on that day and 184 people were killed either in the building or on the aircraft.) With the attack now 16 years ago, it is […]

James Jackson and His Emmett Till Thing

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Sexual Rage and Deadly Racism Last week, James Jackson of Baltimore, an Army veteran, traveled to New York and stabbed Timothy Caughman to death on a city street “in order to launch a campaign of terrorism” according to Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan DA. The Washington Post reports, “Police said Jackson left no doubt about […]

Guiding: Springtime, Sort Of

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Out and About The snow is nearly melted from the other day’s surprise weather and the pace of the guiding season is picking up. To wit, some images from around town. Scaffolding is up at the Jefferson Memorial as they repair (at least) the interior lighting. Generally speaking, the major memorials are in poor condition […]

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