One hundred years of American might

One hundred years of American might

When the Central Powers of Europe mobilized their armed forces in August 1914 and the Allied Powers mobilized theirs in response, it was widely believed by many on both sides that the conflict would be glorious, short-lived and decisive.  Few of the pro-military interventionists gave any credibility to the prospect of a protracted, drawn out stalemate that became known as the Western Front.  Despite a great interest by many in America eager to join that fight, there were enough combat veterans of the Late War Between the States of half a century previous serving in policymaking positions to exert the necessary influence to keep their nation out of the fray.  With the business of America being business, sale of war essentials to customers from belligerent nations...

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Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

So we never thought it could happen to us.  I’m sure we would all love to think that.  This particular train of thought is a familiar cerebral pathway unique to many of us who, either directly or indirectly, have ever had to negotiate their way through the fallout generated by the shambles such an awful crime made of our lives.  Yes, CRIME is the term applied to actions taken by one or more individuals that obviously overstep the boundaries of common decency norms, be it either reported or quietly unchallenged for whatever reason.  We need not chalk this up to complacency nor need we fault our own poor vigilance as we all know somewhere in the dank realms of our own bad life experience memory files that such things do exist and can present when and where...

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Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Online purchase of two tickets, four rows back from Stage Left:  $216.00 Pre-concert dinner of Coneys, Frito Pie and iced tea:  $8.95 The cheapest swag item and two skunky draft beers:  $43.00 Taking in the sounds of one of the most iconic bands of my youth in the same venue where I paid to see my first ever concert forty years ago to the very evening:  PRICELESS!!! You read that correctly.  Forty years ago, on what was then a Friday evening March 25th, 1977, Yours Truly paid his way into the Old Lady on Brady to see his first-ever rock concert.  As I gazed around that grand auditorium before the show last night reminiscing on where I sat as a high school senior awed by the showmanship of the headliner of that Spring Break kickoff rock & roll spectacle, I...

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In honor of the 44th President

In honor of the 44th President

As the Presidency of Barack Obama enters its final hours, I wax nostalgic and remember fondly the breath of hope his victory in 2008 gave many of us in the face of frightening national and world events.  His impressive fifty state grassroots campaign for President of the United States bore the embodiment and inspiration of his book, The Audacity of Hope.  Eight years ago President Obama and Vice President Biden assumed the reigns of national leadership in the wake of the worst economic meltdown since the Stock Market crash of 1929 and proceeded to rebuild the nation’s financial credibility among other monumental tasks.  After two terms of his predecessor, President Obama’s articulate speech alone went far to restore a sense of pride in national...

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Farewell 2016: Wrapping up Volume 42

Farewell 2016:  Wrapping up Volume 42

As the year winds down, this is the time I tend to get introspective and wax philosophical on the record of the past twelve months which I have kept on a daily basis.  When I key in my account of the final day of December 2016 this evening it will be the 366th entry of the 42nd volume of my personal daily journal.  Anybody reading this please be honest…..how many people do you know who have kept a personal record of every day of their life for 42 years?  The only time I did not keep a daily record of my life and times since 1 January 1975 was the time I spent in Navy boot camp.  That was the months of February, March and a few days into April 1978, however, I did write down a few days during that period that I presented as My Awkward Teenage Diary back in...

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Internalizing the new normal

Internalizing the new normal

Here we are facing the winter of our discontent in that ten week period between Election Day and Inauguration Day when the outgoing Presidential administration is wrapping up business and the incoming one is preparing for a successful run.  Things have, with a few exceptions, cooled down.  We Democrats are still licking our wounds and trying to determine the best way through our pending sojourn in the cold political wilderness.  As we watch President-elect Donald Trump’s America take shape, winter has descended upon much of the nation including the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 touching all with an icy grip as real as it is symbolic. Information continues to emerge from multiple sources that a foreign entity hacked the DNC email server and...

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