The Alamo: Why Did It Happen?

I might have added, but didn’t, that the martyrs at the Alamo had died for the right to own slaves. They didn’t want to be a part of Mexico anymore because it was against the law in that country to own slaves of any kind.

AlamoWow! I didn’t know that. Is it true? After all, the above quotation was from a work of fiction: Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut. If this was true and the word got out, Texas might have to disown their supreme monument (and Walt Disney would roll over in his ashen grave).  I wonder if Louie Gohmert knows this?

Still, I expected such a devastating truth to be expunged from history or at least buried deep inside the deepest salt mine in the country. What if Max Zorin found out?

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American Exceptionalism On Display

I have always blamed the precipitous decline of the American Dream on Ronald Reagan and the Latter Day Neocons. But I just watched a promotional video and suddenly realize the problem isn’t the Neocons, it’s the demise of Sizzler.

Those are some tasty American values and I especially approve of the realistic smiling citizens who know where happiness can be found.

Time To Rethink American Exceptionalism?

By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed
Published in Truthout and excerpted here.

Each country thinks that it’s exceptional, and, truth be told, each country really is exceptional in its own special ways.

Abu GraebBut there’s a difference between celebrating your own unique way of life and thinking that you can do whatever you want and force your way of life onto everyone else. And if we as Americans want to move forward both as a people and as members of the international community, we need to understand this fact and start basing our foreign policy around it.

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More Exciting Reading From AARP

AARPI find so many “best of” reading lists disappointing and highly forgettable. Good old AARP has come through again with two list for the Baby Boomers who are beginning to flood the rank of the retired. What book do you think an old geezer like me will fawn over and perhaps even enshrine in my (non-existent) trophy case? Did you say Catcher In the Rye? Of course, it’s so obvious and so very wrong. In fact, I hated Catcher In the Rye when I was a dashing young man and hadn’t even read Ulysses once.

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