We Have Met The Enemy…

“To the officials of nuclear-armed nations – and to their accomplices under the so-called “nuclear umbrella” – I say this: Listen to our testimony. Heed our warning. And know that your actions are consequential. You are each an integral part of a system of violence that is endangering humankind. Let us all be alert to […]

Nikolai II: Wrong Man, Wrong Time

“In those fateful years — to have a Tsar with so little power over his country, mentally so limited, and so weak-willed. So inarticulate. And so inactive. Did he have any inkling of all this himself?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & H. T. Willetts. “November 1916: A Novel”

Truth

“If truth is not on our side, then away with the truth.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & Marian Schwartz, March 1917 This seems as true now as it was in March 1917.

HST On Football

Football fan Hunter S. Thompson had mixed feelings about the sport many years ago. “As a matter of general philosophy, the National Football League is the last bastion of fascism in America.”Tom Keating of the Steelers in Hunter S Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl”, February 28, 1974 “In terms of pure action […]

Partners

The limitations of objective journalism

“Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper […]

H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken: The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down

Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 introduced me to this H.L. Mencken quote: “The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down.” I don’t know whether or not this quote is misattributed, but it seems to reflect Mencken’s general views. The Fourth Estate, like a bank auditor, is […]

Gary, Indiana

Now you need a weak back and a strong mind

“I started off working with a shovel and pick, shoveling and picking at things, but those jobs are gone. They got machines to shovel and pick now. The world has changed. Back in my day you needed a strong back and a weak mind to get a job. Now you need a weak back and […]

Oswald Mosley

Oswald Mosley on the working-class

“…the bourgeois never can realise that the working-class have practically no sense of being ridiculous…and that their very drab lives give them a great thirst for colour and for drama: hence the excesses of the cinema.”Sir Oswald Mosley to Harold Nicolson, 4th September, 1931 While re-reading Harold Nicolson’s Diaries & Letters 1930-1939 I came upon […]

Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres: “Better to dream than to remember”

“I have spent my entire life as a dreamer…The past doesn’t need the future, and the future doesn’t need the past. Better to dream than to remember.” Shimon Peres, One Last Interview, Tablet Magazine This interview with Shimon Peres is full of memorable quotes from this wise man. “I think the wisest thing in life […]

McVitie's Chocolate Digestive Biscuits

Getting Ready For A Beatles Weekend With The Cookie Yoko Took From George

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is on Hulu tomorrow, and I’ve been pondering the proper Gear & Fab snack foods to accompany this televisual feast. Curries and vegetarian food would be more appropriate for the post-touring years, and a Cavern meal of beans on toast with Coke is not to […]

Max Reger to a music critic

“I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me!”” Max Reger to Rudolf Louis, music critic for Münchener Neueste Nachrichten

Nuremberg

In calcined courtyards the lilac bushes burst into dim flame

When Harold Nicolson visited Nuremberg to write about the Nuremberg trials he observed the intense destruction from Allied bombing and the Battle of Nuremberg. The gardener and poet in him noticed this example of Mother Nature and Planet Earth doing a mutual shoulder-shrug at the madness of men. “Houses tumble, bridges collapse…but the trees are […]

Huey Long Was No Donald Trump

On The Ku Klux Klan “Quote me as saying that that Imperial bastard will never set foot in Louisiana, and that when I call him a sonofabitch I am not using profanity, but am referring to the circumstances of his birth.” When the head of the Ku Klux Klan, Hiram W Evans, threatened to campaign […]

Charles Ives

Exceptional Americans: Charles Ives

There is a great Man living in this country — a composer. He has solved the problem how to preserve one’s self and to learn. He responds to negligence by contempt. He is not forced to accept praise or blame. His name is Ives.Arnold Schoenberg This Yankee New England transcendentalist was the greatest classical composer […]

Mark Twain

Exceptional Americans: Mark Twain

When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say […]

Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776

Exceptional Americans: Abigail Adams

I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power […]

Exceptional Americans: Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow.Allen Ginsberg, Wikipedia America this is quite serious.America this is the impression I get from looking in     the television set. America is this correct?America, Allen Ginsberg

Exceptional Americans: Malcolm X

Malcolm X…was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.Malcolm X, Wikipedia Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?Malcolm X

Exceptional Americans: Black Elk

Heȟáka Sápa (Black Elk) (December 1863 – August 19, 1950) was a famous wičháša wakȟáŋ (medicine man and holy man) of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux).Black Elk, Wikipedia Everyone must choose to walk with the water of life or the weapon of destruction.Black Elk’s Vision