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E Plurabus Historia

Kind of a “Free-For-All Show today. The show I had planned for today got pushed back a bit, so I could either not do a show at all, or I could shoot from the hip and drop as many shooting metaphors I can work into this and talk about whatever pops into my brain.

Which, as of this moment, is the reaction to the Mueller testimony.

Now look, I really meant what I said the other day, I could not possibly care less about the hearings. NOTHING will change because of them. Period. That said, I am absolutely enthralled by the reactions to the hearings, particularly from those who seem hell-bent on convincing me that the rules of Congressional procedures and the legal system laid down for us two hundred and thirty-two years ago would set aside all the basic principles that we live by and in the interest of “We don’t like him,” ask that I would nod my head and agree with them that “something must be done!”

On the other side of the coin are the Republican sycophants who – just a few days ago – were explaining to me that deficits don’t really matter.

And through all of this, my friend MILSURPWRITER (otherwise known as “Tim,” I mean… “Mike”), asks some really good questions about how we use history to our own advantage without much consideration as to whether it really applies or not…


He Did Not Know Joseph

The weeping and gnashing of teeth over the demise of the study of History continues. But in a completely unrelated story, the younger generations aren’t just not reading, they lack critical reading skills.

Now… on the one hand, this is hyperbole. The same complaint was made of my generation (Baby Boomers), my wife’s (GenX)*. At the same time, I cannot really argue with the folks on the front lines, who say that it’s all true and that kids entering college today are basically illiterate.

The question is simply this: is the reason people aren’t learning or even studying history because they can’t (or won’t read?

*Before you get all crazy, I was born in 63, she was born in 67. I am a “Tail End Boomer,” while she is a first of the Gen Xers. There’s no weird robbing the cradle here, although when I graduated she was in the 7th grade…

$ailing Into College

A mere twenty-four hours ago I had no clue – none – as to the question: “Who are Felicity Huffman or Lori Laughlin? I still don’t know anything about them, other than they are actresses (people who pretend to be other people) and both in big trouble for cheating to get their kids into “elite” colleges.

And why did they do this? Can we drop the b.s. about giving their kids the best chance in life? It’s all about themselves and the perception that they want you to have of them. Period.

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