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Books: So, You Want to be President?

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Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House “He can’t do that to me.” Such was JFK’s response when he was told at 8am, while still in bed in pajamas, reading the morning papers, about the missiles in Castro’s Cuba. He, of course, was Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier and Kennedy’s chief antagonist. Kennedy’s exclamation underscores how […]

IAFF History: Conflict of Ideals

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Patriotism is the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel -Samuel Johnson Britain’s Dr. Johnson was not just talking about America though he heaped scorn on revolutionary patriots when he also said, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negroes?” He had a point. A “splashy” display of love […]

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 […]

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

Dogs of War?

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  When Anti-Aircraft Guns Just Aren't Good Enough Our Christmas season was made slightly less merry by the news that the pudgy and hereditary leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un had "cleaned house" by seizing and executing his uncle Jang Song Thaek with anti-aircraft weaponry.   Not so fast. The Singapore-based Straits Times reports that […]

Invisible

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  Place of Honor I was at Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday, attending the hourly changing of the guard when I apparently witnessed a most rare event: the oncoming sentry failed inspection. I had never seen it happen though I knew it was part of Arlington lore and a possibility as […]

Vietnam’s Washington: Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)

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Defeated France and the US in Two Wars Vo Nguyen Giap (vo nwin ZHAP) died this past week in an army hospital in Vietnam. Giap was the tenacious military leader credited with defeating France in the First Indo-Chinese War and then the US in the Vietnam War. Giap studied military leaders such as Napoleon and […]

Flu shot?

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Count Me In. 95 years ago today,September 28th, 1918, a World War I Liberty Bond parade in Philadelphia unleashed the tidal wave of a flu epidemic which would eventually kill 50 to 100 million people worldwide, including 675,000 in the US. Liberty bonds were sold by the US government and the proceeds were then […]

Almost Hidden DC: Winston’s Rude Awakening

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  Nelson Moves In Washington, DC’s MassachusettssAvenue is called “Embassy Row” for a reason: lining the street for several miles are a string of mostly stately buildings which now serve as the Washington home to foreign governments. These buildings are on their second lives, at least, having originally been built as stately mansions of the […]

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