Monthly Archives: September 2020

I’m sorry Bob, but this is not working out the way I had hoped it would. I need you to start packing.

I know, Bob. I made a lavish promise that I hoped our love affair would last. But let’s face it–for such a new model, you cannot hold a candle to Rando with a vacuum even when he has done it … Continue reading

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The Black Legion: Indictments and Disintegration

Peter Amann, the historian who spent years researching the Black Legion, stated: “Even though intravigilante violence, arson, political ‘contracts,’ and murder-for-fun had expanded the range of nightriding activities beyond the modest ambitions of Dr. Shepard, the Black Legion never forgot … Continue reading

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The Black Legion: Exposed

Yesterday, I posted the first part of the series on the Black Legion, the organization labeled in 1935 as a terrorist organization by the US government. Yes, you read that correctly: The anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Negro, anti-labor organizer offshoot of the … Continue reading

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The Black Legion: Does this language sound familiar?

Because in retrospect we know that fascism never took in the United States, we are likely to overlook aspects of the American experience that nurtured what might well be described as protofascist proclivities: our hardy nativist tradition, from the Know-Nothings … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary from Bob: 39 years

Monday, Randy and I celebrated our 39th year of marriage.  Frankly, “celebrate” is not an accurate description, but then there is that whole ‘cannot go out to eat’ or ‘cannot take a trip’ thing going on.  On the other hand, … Continue reading

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From the newspapers…remember what they say about ignoring history?

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Say Their Names: “Present” in Brooklyn February 27, 2000

There is a tradition in some social justice work and peace action that when remembering those who have died in the struggle, their names are read out loud, and the participants respond “Present.” It is a ritual I have participated … Continue reading

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Westminster Scholars War Memorial: St. George and the Dragon

Meanwhile, back in London… The column memorial in front of Westminster Abbey commemorates Lord Raglan, Fitzroy James Henry Someset along with other former pupils from the Westminster School who died in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny–known as the … Continue reading

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Steffi in September

That cute little puppy from May is now the adorably rambunctious adolescent. She outgrew the small crate a month ago and now her super-charged condo takes up most of the space in front of my closet. She is longer and … Continue reading

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What’s your sense of what hope looks like?

Social Bridge asked that question this morning from Ireland.  I have often written about hope, or incorporated it into a topic.  For example, Hope…the most essential of human stages of development.  Hope…the belief that others will be there to support … Continue reading

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