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Joseph Nye Welch shuts down Joseph McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency?"

American fear of Communism reached a hysterical level in the aftermath of WWII. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed United States Executive Order 9835… 1,061 more words


Orange Crush

There is no doubt in my mind that this blog post is going to cost me some friends.

In fact, it may cost me some other things too, but I can’t sit here and be silent. 808 more words

National Politics

November 13, 1953: When Red, Red Robin Comes Bobbin' Along

In the early 50s, folks worked themselves up into a real dither searching for Bolsheviks here, there, wherever they may be hiding. There was a commie round every corner; any person you met might be a secret pinko, hoping to lead… 428 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac


I love the mood and rhythms of George Clooney’s magnificent Good Night, And Good Luck. This film has so much classy style and verbal sophistication that it’s always a pleasure to revisit, and it’s loaded with an utterly obscene cast that included David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Tate Donovan, Matt Ross, Tom McCarthy, Grant Heslov (who also co-wrote the tack-sharp script with Clooney), Robert John Burke, Ray Wise, Robert Knepper, the always awesome Reed Diamond, and Frank Langella. 359 more words

Film Review

Stuck in the Middle

I stay away from politics on this blog for a couple of reasons. First, I think my personal politics is a private matter. When I go into a voting booth, no one is allowed in there with me, and there is a reason for that. 503 more words


McCarthy Trials

Rep. Kevin McCarthy stated earlier this week that his proudest achievement of this Congressional Session is the establishment of the Benghazi Committee. The committee’s goal was to investigate Sec. 75 more words

Election 2016

Ethel Rosenberg: War Criminal, Soviet Spy, Executed for Treason, Lovingly Celebrated by the American Left for Her 'Bravery'

Born in 1915 in New York City, Ethel Rosenberg went to Seward High School. After finishing school in 1931, she went to work for the National New York Packing and Shipping Company. 787 more words