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The Apparition

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Here we are, on the cusp of Memorial Day, when we honor and remember those who died serving our country.

The Red Line of Right

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  Walking Obama Back Yesterday’s New York Times had one of those “Washington Insider” stories wherein presidential advisers express dismay of pants-peeing proportion that the guy in charge actually said what he felt about a morally troubling issue.  Time to get him back in the box. Here’s the President’s quote  from an earlier NYT article: […]

Tsarnaev and McVeigh: The Price We Pay?

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  Doctrine, Disaffection and Violence The news is full of stories of the FBI and others “scrambling” for clues to understand the motivation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the chief Boston Bomber.  So far we know that he was unsuccessful as a boxer, married, a father, unemployed and a follower of “radical Islam.” Patriot Gone Awry Tsarnaev’s trajectory […]

Baghdad in Boston

Yesterday in Iraq there were explosions in Baghdad, Fallujah, Tikrit, Samarra, and Hilla.

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 […]

Words: “She Read Me The Riot Act”

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  Origins of an “Ass-Chewing” Nothing makes the sting go away quicker than sharing it with others.  The term often employed, as short hand for the experience is “being read the riot act.”  It roles off our tongues and fits the occasion perfectly.  But what does it really mean? It turns out that for an […]

Red Cross Get’s a Make-Over

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  Martha at the Helm As some folks know, I am a DC city guide.  The 2013 guiding season is underway despite the see-saw weather. The newest memorial, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr,  is proving to be a big hit.  It may be the most well lit memorial for night time viewing in the city. […]

License to Die

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  “License and Registration, Please” First, thanks to everyone who read (and commented) yesterday about the “no-CPR” incident.   This update from the press:  “Lorraine Bayless had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.” Most, but not all,  commenters were somehow related […]

March 4, 1908: Catastrophe in Collinwood

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No doubt they would marvel at both our schools and our unwillingness to keep our children safe in them.

Joan, the Holocaust and Hot Heidi

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  Can Tragedy Be Funny For a Reason? Joan Rivers, the nearly octogenarian, outrageous comedian, recently observed regarding Heidi Klum that, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The response has been predictable, including from the (Jewish) Anti-Defamation League, who said, “This remark is so […]

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