Another cheerleader from Texas

If Bush fatigue disqualifies Jeb Bush from seeking office, it certainly should disqualify Rick Perry. “Bush on steroids” is putting it mildly. Shallow charisma. Check. Though I doubt most voters would want to have a beer with Perry. Macho posturing. Check. Macho asshole may be a better way to describe Perry, who carries a laser-sighted pistol with him while jogging. Shot himself a coyote, he did. Texas. Unlike W., Perry never left. It shows. Bad student. Better to be an undistinguished undergrad at Yale than a crappy student at Texas A&M (note the ‘D’ in Economics). Not that it matters much, just…

Who’s really editing history out of textbooks?

Rick Santorum claims the left has conspired to edit American history out of textbooks. This is, in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left who has a huge influence on our curriculum, to desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America. Sorry Rick, but it’s the right that has reinterpreted history, at least in Texas. Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during…

The most important dinner in Atlanta’s history

In 1965, a coalition of Atlanta’s political, religious and cultural leaders organized a banquet to honor a native son, the city’s first Nobel Prize winner. The integrated affair was not without controversy, but civic pride and a sense of decency prevailed. You won’t find a better illustration of why Atlanta is not Birmingham, and vice-versa. A LIFE magazine reporter was among the invited guests. Some 1,500 persons gathered, Negro and white, banker and yardman, society matron and maid, gathered in an Atlanta hotel to honor both Dr. King, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the cause for which he won it:…

it ran in the family

Historians have concluded that Julius Brutus Booth, father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, was the author of a letter threatening then-President Andrew Jackson’s life. The letter, which addressed Old Hickory as “You damn’d old Scoundrel,” demanded that Jackson pardon two prisoners named De Ruiz and De Soto who had been sentenced to death for piracy in a high-profile trial of the day. Pardon the pirates, the letter writer demanded, or “I will cut your throat whilst you are sleeping.”