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October 20, 2017


Christopher Columbus “Dick Moves”

On many calendars in the Americas and elsewhere, Monday marked the celebration of Columbus Day, or “Día de la Hispanidad.” Columbus actually “discovered America” on October 12, 1492, and herein lies our lesson. At about 2:00 in the morning of 12 October, a lookout on the Pinta, Rodrigo de Triana, spotted land, and immediately alerted

A Line Has Been Crossed

This nightmare will soon be over. A line has been crossed. Now, there is no plausible way to salvage the Trump presidency. Impeachment or resignation will not be enough. Either result would remove one person from power, but every member of the administration has been implicated in the cover-up – or worse. They are all

We Must Live Together As Brothers, Or Die Together As Fools

  On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN to have dinner with colleagues and discuss the march planned in support of the striking Memphis sanitation workers. Seconds later a single shot was fired and sparked what may go down as the bloodiest and

Fiddling While Rome Burns

My younger son has become obsessed with the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” He listens to the soundtrack constantly and has started committing lyrics to memory. We’ve watched many video clips of the show and interviews with its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. One of the things Miranda says about his show, which has a multi-ethnic cast and incorporates

Thirty Days of Detroit: the Detroit Boat Club

THIRTY DAYS OF DETROIT: On this date in 1839 the Detroit Boat Club was founded by oarsmen, making it the oldest social club in Michigan history. The club’s founding members were all rough-hewn robber baron types with coincidental street names like Brush, Farnsworth, Campau, Sibley, Holbrook, Williams, Kellogg, and Bates. In 1890 the club moved

The Historical Record of U.S. Recessions

The following chart lists all recessions in United States history. For each recession, the best information available is used to determine the beginning and ending dates as well as the severity of the recession.     Follow Jerry at: Jerry Wyant’s blog Twitter Economics Online Tutor Facebook Making Education Work Facebook Jerry’s books available at

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