David Rothkoff, host of my favorite podcast, Deep State Radio, but in real life an accomplished professor of international relations, coined the phrase recently, we are “Present at the Destruction”. This comment was a riff after the 1969 Dean Acheson’s book about his years at the State Department was published, detailing the prewar and post … More Present at the Destruction
Elvis was gay. Just listen to Jailhouse Rock. “Number 47 said to number 3, you’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see.” What? Does this mean the American legal system featured mixed gender prisons in the 1950’s or was he really singing to one of the other cellmates ? In the audio of this Lawyers … More The Ministry of Bad Lyrics
Here is what President Reagan said at the Brandenburg Gate thirty years ago this June about the Berlin wall: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down … More Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall!
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams April 15th, 1814. I awoke this morning to find the British have done just that. For a long time I have postulated the American Revolution was a mistake, we would have been … More Democratic Suicide
A bus passes me on the commute with a marquee advertisement on the side referencing this years edition of Disney on Ice: “Lets Celebrate”. I asked myself what if Disney really is on ice? It turns out persistent rumors circulate that he had himself frozen immediately after death, perhaps for a second chance at life. … More Disney on Ice?