I’m Going to Overlook the Grammar Error Here, Just This Once

November 9, 2017

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/cohn-big-ceos-most-excited-group-about-trump-tax-plan.html

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Many Happy Returns to One of the Greatest Baseball Players Ever – Bob Gibson

November 9, 2017

And thanks for all the thrills.

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November 5th 1965: “My Generation” Released in the States

November 5, 2017

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Nov. 4, 1848, the Edmonson Sisters are Emancipated

November 4, 2017

There’s a sculpture about a block from my office that commemorates this.

Mary Edmonson (1832–1853) and Emily Edmonson (1835–1895) were among the seventy-seven slaves who tried to escape from Washington, DC on the schooner The Pearl to sail up the Chesapeake Bay to freedom in New Jersey on April 15, 1848. With letters from Washington-area supporters, Paul Edmonson met Henry Ward Beecher, a young Congregationalist preacher with a church in Brooklyn, New York who was known to support abolitionism. Beecher’s church members raised the funds to purchase the Edmonson sisters and give them freedom. Accompanied by William Chaplin, a white abolitionist who had helped pay for the Pearl for the escape attempt, Beecher went to Washington to arrange the transaction. Mary Edmonson and Emily Edmonson were emancipated on November 4, 1848.

For more, read here: http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2016/01/edmonson-sisters.html

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The “what should Dems do”? thing will probably run for months. Here’s one thing they should do:

October 29, 2017

Hold onto their most loyal voters: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/21/survey-fewer-black-women-say-that-the-democratic-party-best-represents-their-interests/?utm_term=.90ab78944fe9

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

October 16, 2017

October 16, 1962. The Cuban missile crisis officially begins with National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy briefing President Kennedy on the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Soviet Premier Khrushchev was responding to the U.S. backing down at the Bay of Pigs the year before and the deployment of (admittedly outmoded) Jupiter ICBMs in Turkey. The Soviet Union was already badly out-gunned by the U.S. (Kennedy had campaigned in 1960 on the fictitious “missile gap”), and Khrushchev took a big gamble, which, after nearly two incredibly tense weeks, he lost.

I remember it well. I was in 6th grade, and we were all scared half to death. We’d been through “duck and cover” and air raid practice in elementary school, but this was, literally, much closer to home. The world came within a hair of nuclear war.

Reach Richard Reeves’ account in his book, “President Kennedy: Profile of Power.” Then read Michael Dobbs’ “One Minute to Midnight” to understand just how close we came to obliteration. His book isn’t as well-written, but the details are even now frightening.

The one reassuring thing was the Kennedy refused to listen to the hot-headed warmongers like Gen. Curtis LeMay (later George Wallace’s running mate) and instead proceeded cautiously and thoughtfully. God only knows what would happen today. Perhaps we’re about to see.

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Mexico City, October 16, 1968

October 16, 2017

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