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Its Called Presentism and We Have a Bad Case of It.

1,476 In a sense, it is always with us, but at times it turns into an epidemic. “Presentism” is a term sometimes used to describe the inability (or refusal) to tolerate the views of people who lived in the past and were shaped by the events of their own age. An interesting commentary appeared in […]

Judicial Impeachment

No. 1,454 There’s an interesting post on the subject of judicial impeachment in the Brennan Center for Justice Blog. Impeachment of judges is rare.  Although it is not impossible to impeach a judge for his/her rulings, this has not been the practice. A group of members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are seeking to impeach four […]

On the Wings of an Albatross

No. 1,433 I thought they were extinct, easy prey for rapacious Europeans who colonized much of the World in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Although some breeds of albatross are in danger, they are disbursed over most of the Southern Hemisphere and parts of the Northern Pacific. It appears, from Wikipedia, that most of what […]

Do you know who is listed in the Guinness Book World of Records as the world’s most successful lawyer? Don’t even try to guess.

No. 1,432 Yes, Guinness really did designate such a lawyer and his name is Lionel Luckhoo. No kidding. Between 1940 and 1985, Barrister Luckhoo successfully defended 245 homicide cases in a row. A few of them had to be won on appeal. He practiced mostly in his native Guyana and in England. Think of that. […]

Ok, Admit It! You Think You’re a Genius Too, But You Won’t Say So In Public.

No. 1,391 Donald Trump probably should have just ignored the publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, but that would have been out of character.  This President strikes back when criticized and this occasion would be no exception. Michael Wolff portrayed him as a low-intellect, television watching, undisciplined and incompetent man-child without […]

No Living Thing Lives Forever, Not Even the Jackson Magnolia.

Although some live long, no living thing lives forever. This truth is known by all, but this humans we are always striving for a little more time.

Reliving the Vietnam Experience.

No. 1,354 Ken Burns’ Vietnam War just completed its original run tonight. It is the saga of my generation, coming of age in the turbulent ’60’s.  Watching those familiar scenes of bombings and firefights made me feel profoundly sad.  One good friend said that seeing it all again made her remember how angry she had […]

Why Didn’t We All Know That This Man Was Living and Teaching in Our City?

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Victory!

No. 1,327         Yes,Greek, ancient Greek, that is (νίκη). Yes, it means victory or conquest. Yes it is the same word as the Greek Goddess that we call Nike. But which victory is referenced on this particular carving? If you think you know, give me the answer in the comment box in the […]

Who Is the Worst President?

No. 1,307 Every few years on President’s Day, somebody conducts a survey of history professors to determine the rankings of Presidents.  Lincoln always wins and Washington is always second.  The two Roosevelts follow behind. There hasn’t been much movement in these top ranks.  James Buchanan has been ranked at the bottom of this poll.  The […]

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