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Gobsmacked!

Kablang! Strobe Flash! SWAT assault? No, it’s a New York Times OpEd piece entitled “The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship.” [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/watergate-republican-party.html] Occasionally, one comes across a revelation that produces the sensation of being gobsmacked, literally astounded, in Brit speak. Often, the experience… Read More ›

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Point/Counterpoint: IMPEACHMENT George Mason, 1787 v. Lindsay Graham, 1999 MASON: No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above Justice? Above all shall that man be above it, who… Read More ›

Defectors, by Joseph Kanon

Reviewed by Jim McCarthy Occasionally, it’s a good thing for a blog that tends to be serious to reveal its lighter side and share its interest in fiction, especially police procedurals and spy tales. Defectors is set in Russia in… Read More ›

Insuring Shooters?

Virtually everyone is familiar with the success of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in defeating gun control efforts and expanding gun ownership of firearms. This effort has been accompanied by the NRA’s relentless state-by-state activities to encourage legislatures to broaden… Read More ›

On This Date in History . . .

August 20, 1968:  Soviets invade Czechoslovakia August 22, 1950:  Althea Gibson becomes first African-American on US tennis tour August 24, 1932:  Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly nonstop across the US, from Los Angeles to Newark, in just over… Read More ›

Are Unions Making a Comeback?

In 2016, Virginia voters defeated a referendum, 53–47 percent, to amend the state’s constitution to include a right-to-work [RTW] provision. In Missouri last week, voters passed a referendum by a 2–1 margin overturning a similar law previously enacted by a… Read More ›