Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

By John Ruberry As I've mentioned here a few times, 2018 is Illinois' bicentennial year, a fact that not only has escaped most Americans but even, I suspect, most people living in Illinois. Last Monday the official Illinois bicentennial party was held in Chicago at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. … Continue reading Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

Slave versus enslaved person

By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person

A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Life goes on at the Supreme Court, vacancy or no. Last Monday, on the opening day of the term, the Court announced that it will not hear a challenge to a 2014 Tennessee ballot measure, Amendment 1, which stated "nothing in this [state] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion." Or, if you prefer, … Continue reading A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

What the education debate has fallen to.

Yesterday I was flipping through the radio dial and as I was driving home and heard Michael Bower on 96.8 FM speaking of his outrage concerning a proposed Tennessee law concerning the discussion of homosexuality before the 9th grade in school and making fun of southerners in general. One might debate the wisdom or necessity … Continue reading What the education debate has fallen to.