We Averted Our Eyes

by baldilocks I’m old enough to remember when I was called delusional by an alleged conservative for pointing this out. That happened in 2008. But I’m certain that Don Surber was pointing it out back then also. Here he is in a well-earned I-told-you-so: Barack Obama is a communist. Mild compared to Castro or Mao, … Continue reading We Averted Our Eyes

Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

By John Ruberry Two months after I returned from my urban exploration trip to Detroit David Maraniss' Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story was published. For me the timing couldn't have been better, As I drove west to my home in the Chicago area I mused, "What in the hell went wrong with Detroit?" … Continue reading Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

Lyndon Johnson, Sarah Palin, Curtis Bostic & SC-1

Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. Luke 14:31-32 One of the … Continue reading Lyndon Johnson, Sarah Palin, Curtis Bostic & SC-1

Book Review: The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Passage of Power

I received Robert Caro's volume The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power as a gift late Friday night and finished reading it at noon on Sunday. the following is the review I have submitted to Amazon.com. It has not yet appeared on their site: I reproduce it in its entirety here and will … Continue reading Book Review: The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Passage of Power

Mark Morial declares his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 on Morning Joe…

...at least that what it sounded like to me. On Morning Joe he and Joe Scarborough were talking the political landscape and Morial started talking about "voter suppression". Never mind that my Bank that I visit several times a week in person requred ID for withdrawals. Never mind that my local Comcast office where I … Continue reading Mark Morial declares his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 on Morning Joe…

The Little Congress and the TSA

Back in the days when Lyndon Johnson was a congressional aide rather than a congressman or senator he participated in a group known as the Little Congress. This was an association of congressional aides formed to promote public speaking but in 1933 recognizing the potential for publicity and power that the organization had Johnson arranged … Continue reading The Little Congress and the TSA

Fidel Castro and Pappy McDaniel

In 1941 Governor Lee "Pappy" McDaniel ran in a special election for an open Senate seat created by the death of Senator John Sheppard (an interesting fact is that a son of Sam Houston the 1st president of Texas born in 1793 was appointed as a "placeholder" senator during the time between the death and … Continue reading Fidel Castro and Pappy McDaniel

The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Master of the Senate: Amazon Review

My review of the 3rd volume of Robert Caro's magnum opus The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate, is available at Amazon.com here. Whatever you might think of Johnson as a man or of his positions, he was a master legislator , a man who could not only get things done but could … Continue reading The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Master of the Senate: Amazon Review