75 years later, World War II veterans go back to Paris

War, he says, is “nasty, smelly, terrible.” But he maintains, “it was important for someone to do this,” to stop Hitler from taking over more of the world. We defeated them once. We’ll do it again.   75 years later, World War II veterans go back to Paris PARIS – Seventy-five years ago, they helped…

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Washington Post: Gabriel’s revolt

In 1800, he was savvy, armed and determined to end slavery in Virginia’s capital. But on the day of the bold slave insurrection, disaster struck.   Gabriel’s revolt: In 1800, he was savvy, armed and determined to end slavery in Virginia’s capital August 23 More than two centuries ago, an enslaved man named Gabriel was…

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The politics of fear can’t solve the challenges of our time.

“Most of all, Eisenhower emphasized the country’s “spiritual strength,” the importance of which he said was at that moment “just as great in its requirements as it has ever been in our whole history.” This meant steadfast commitment to the values reflected in the Bill of Rights. It meant a clear-eyed recognition that none of…

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Washington Post: Living the Existential Lie

The Tea Party (remember them?) chose to so name themselves because they aspire to be known as “those who possess a strong belief in the Judeo-Christian values embedded in our great founding documents.” This isn’t much of a description, but by associating themselves with the historical Boston Tea Party  of December 16, 1773, they call…

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NYT: 400 years of African struggle in America

Racism is like alcoholism. You can’ recover from it until you admit you have it. The 1619 Project In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect…

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The Wages of White Supremacy: A Historical Example

The dumb ass who shot up a Walmart in El Paso was, by his own account, motivated by a fear of a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas. The fear monger in chief has used those exact words to describe asylum seekers from south of the border, and the shooter apparently idolized Trump. But the idea of…

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NYT: Has Amelia Earhart’s Plane Been Found?

Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue. Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. This month his crew started trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries. Amelia Earhart perched atop the nose of her plane in 1936. Credit Credit The New York Times Robert Ballard…

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