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Damned Yankees

In case you missed the news, and you probably did, Rachel Dolezal thinks that is is important that you know that she is bi-sexual. Seriously… this is “important.”

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Lake County Forest Preserve has decided – or maybe they haven’t – to end the “Civil War Days” program which included a re-enactment of the war and an encampment with a living history display. Why?

Well… it’s the second decade of the 21st Century. So the answer is that is causes “offense,” including Confederate Battle Flags and history with which one Angelo Kyle disagrees. Plus it doesn’t promote Global Warming Awareness.

I’m serious.

Now, at the end of the day, which is more important? That we “be aware” that an opprobrious liar is “bi-sexual” or that the citizens of Illinois, who once upon a time provided thousands of troops to the Union, will be denied a chance to learn about that history because “history is written by the victors?” You might think that one is more important than the other. But we are being told, over and again by those who want to run society that it’s the other.

There’s a bigger problem with these Civil War controversies. Statues and flags are not it. We have forgotten one very important thing…


Your Tzitzits Aren’t Showing

One of my “things” is that we – corporately as a society, not you specifically (although maybe you are) – have replaced so many formal actions with casual “Come-as-you-are” attitudes. Think about it. Do you really understand why it is appropriate to wear a tie and jacket? why do you “put on your Sunday best” for Church? Do you understand why Jews wear tzitzits? Do you get now why Mike Pence won’t be alone with a woman who is not his wife? And why is it then that more and more people seem put off by the idea of the “Billy Graham Rule?”

Some on the political Right seem to believe that we are headed for a second Civil War. Are we? No, but it shows that even the political right has bought into the mantra that “We’ve Never Been More Divided!”

The New Version of the Annual 5th of May Show

By very special request, I have sat down to talk about why Cinco de Mayo is the most American Holiday – on one of the most American days – there could be. 

Our story begins with a simple question: Why exactly were the French fighting in Mexico in 1862?

When you understand how we got to that moment, when the French thought that they could use Mexico as a tool for international intrigue, the complicated relationship between the US, our “friends” the French and  our neighbor Mexico one can begin to see that when the 5th of May rolls around, there’s more reason for Americans to celebrate than you might think.

So… let’s take a trip back in time and talk about the 5th of May, 1862…

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