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October 20, 2017

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The quixotic Clement Vallandigham

On this date in 1863 the quixotic Clement Vallandigham is soundly defeated in the Ohio governor’s race. As leader of the Copperheads, anti-war Democrats often sympathetic to the Confederacy, Vallandigham had been a two-term congressman before secession. Vehemently speaking out against Lincoln and the Union, Vallandigham was tried and convicted in a military court under

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

Unhinged

We have become unhinged. I don’t mean “crazy,” though perhaps we are crazy. We certainly think other people are crazy. Them. The other side. And it’s the other-side-ness I’m talking about when I say we are unhinged. Unhinged. We’ve always taken sides in political arguments, right from Day One, but the two sides used to

The Coup Begins

Let me state this as bluntly as I can. If you think for a moment that Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of the way he handled the Clinton email server investigation last year, I would strongly advise you to stay out of Vegas for the foreseeable future; you’ll lose your shirt and

America on the Precipice

“Yesterday I felt truly embarrassed. The ‘leader of the free world’ just sat there, awkwardly, waiting for Trump to shake her hand.” – George Takei George wasn’t the only one embarrassed. To tell you the truth, I was flabbergasted. I’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime, not even from Nixon. And believe you

Guest Contribution: 2016: The Year in Antiblack Violence

The following guest contribution focusing on the epidemic of antiblack violence and police shootings as we approach the 5 year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was written by Jamal Mtshali, and is an excerpt from his book Last in Line: An American Destiny Deferred. More information about the author and his book

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