An assortment, a collection, a hodgepodge. This week, share one — whether found in the wild or assembled yourself.
Fans were disappointed when Tamron Hall departed NBC’s “Today” show and MSNBC in February, under a cloud of controversy. But she’ll soon be back on air. Variety reports that Weinstein Television announced on Wednesday that it’s developing a daytime talk show featuring Hall, who will co-create, host and produce the program. Harvey Weinstein, the company’s…
Big U.S. cities1 saw another increase in murders in the first half of 2017, likely putting them on track for a third straight year of rising totals after murder rates reached historic lows in 2014. So far, however, this year’s increase is considerably smaller than it was in each of the past two years; the…
The Ethnic Origins of Confederate First Lady Varina Howell Davis, Wife of Jefferson Davis.
(From robots in masquerade dot blogspot dot com)
Mrs. Jefferson Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States of America
Whenever one is addressing a controversial topic – in this case, the Confederacy – I believe it is important to immediately explain why.
When I was a college student (at a liberal institution in NY), a Southern professor came one year to deliver a lecture about why the Confederate flag should be embraced and she was booed off stage (and off campus) immediately after she started speaking.
I think that was wrong, mostly because we are pretty lucky that we don’t live in, say the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia, places where an individual does not even have a basic right to express their opinion or to live and practice religion (or other cultural traditions) as they…
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By W.D. Smither
“I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I’d do it all over again.” (From “The Unknown Soldier,” by Billy Rose)
The first thing one notices when visiting the Richmond National Cemetery, for U.S. Military Veterans, is the long, clean rows of marble grave markers smartly aligned, as if at “parade rest,” readied for military in-ranks inspection and review. It’s part of the nation-wide network of hallowed burial grounds for veterans. These particular grounds lie within the Civil War fortification lines constructed by the Confederate army in its defense of this former “Capitol of the Confederacy.” It’s also where the remains of my wife’s dad are interred, following his service during the World War II, D-Day assault and an exemplary civilian family life, afterwards.
The “Known” and “Unknown”
On Memorial Days, the second thing you…
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