45: Happy Birthday to Me

When I was in elementary school I had a teacher who bought a stack of books to give away on the last day of class before Summer. All the boys wanted the same one, a sci-fi, "Choose your own adventure," time travel story, with multiple endings. We all had to pick a number from 1 … Continue reading 45: Happy Birthday to Me

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My trip to DC

Last weekend I took a trip to Washington, DC that was very inspiring. I know, people are all cynical and depressed from this ridiculous election, but you walk around the mall and the other parts of the nation's capital and it will make you appreciate what we have, and those who have sacrificed to give … Continue reading My trip to DC

Race

Remember when Barack Obama was elected President and there was all this buzz about a, "post-racial America?" Obviously, the reports of racism's demise were greatly exaggerated. There is a lot of talk now about how race relations have only become worse under Obama's Administration but I'm not buying it. Our problems were right under the surface all … Continue reading Race

Burn down the establishment

Abraham Lincoln, the first, and greatest Republican President, tried to appeal to the best in all Americans, even as the nation stood at the abyss of its darkest hour. Desperately hoping to stop the thunder of war clouds from coming over the horizon, he ended his first inaugural address with these noble words: "We are not enemies, … Continue reading Burn down the establishment

A Trump in the Crowd

I recently rewatched a classic cautionary tale about the dangers of populism and mass media, A Face in the Crowd (1957). It's the story of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a drifter with no moral center, a talent for playing the guitar, and the gift of gab. When he is given the opportunity to become a radio … Continue reading A Trump in the Crowd