A collection of 90 posts
The North Bank of the Big River
The Immigrants will keep coming. The only thing separating their misery from bright possibility is a river, a desert, and laws they don’t understand. They take their chances and trek northward. Our need for their labor is insatiable. Their dreams will not be thwarted.
A Wake-Up Call for the Un-Woke: A Recent Washington Post headline - "Abortion ban states see steep drop in OB/GYN residency applicants"
Scrapping a medical residency application is no small act. Med school grads send out dozens of applications because they’re trying to “match,” or get accepted into a program---the greatest fear is not being picked up. Why risk being shut out when applying for residency in an anti-abortion state?
Diamonds (and the Waco Fire) Are Forever
30 years ago today, the Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco, TX went up in flames. 78 Davidians including their messianic leader, David Koresh died in the conflagration. For 51 days, hundreds of reporters from all over the world covered the siege, standoff, and fire. It was surreal.
A Tale of Two Thomases
Is the Universe a factory of human prototypes? Some people have similar facial features or gestures but they're not from the same family, race or nation. (Sounds strange, but go with me.) Now ask - are there personality types that repeat throughout history in the same way issues and events reoccur?
Everybody is Lyin' but Him
No one in U.S. history has ever done what Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is about to undertake, and he must see his odds of failure as almost non-existent. Otherwise, why try? Bragg is on neither a fishing expedition nor a witch hunt. The fish has been landed and about to be filleted.
The Debt Ceiling Dance (No Twerking, Marj)
From the time George Washington raised his right hand and swore to support the Constitution and get better dentures, until right now, the country has been in hock. After getting us out of debt, Old Hickory could concentrate on his benevolent treatment of Native-Americans - like the Trail of Tears.
That Awful Power
Firing a reporter on almost the exact twentieth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has more than a touch of irony. Ben Montgomery, a Tampa correspondent for Axios, was canned for his honesty regarding a document the governor of Florida’s office called a “news release,” which it was not.
Women’s History Month: Fighters for Rights
What does it say about a society when it takes fighting and dying to obtain human rights? This month, we recognize women who fought for equal rights and civil rights---those unsung and left out of most history books---by sharing the highlights of their courageous journeys.
Caught by the Chill
It's the story of a young man from Nevada, a Marine, who by all witness accounts, was probably the war’s first American casualty. This narrative is based on the reporting, interviewing, and writing I did at the time, and much of it is included in my second book, “Bush’s War for Reelection.” -JM
What Really Happened at Waco
"Everybody was panicked, I can tell you that. Especially those guys who had been hit. They were screaming. I think one or two of them got hit in the gut just below their armor... No one other than the ATF and the Davidians knew what started all the shooting."
Maybe Some Things Should be Off Limits for Congress…Like Our Economy
Taking no action on the debt ceiling would trigger what experts call catastrophic economic consequences for Americans and the global economy. But that hasn’t stopped extreme members of the Republican party in Congress from using the debt ceiling to get their way in spending cuts.
American Coup: The Day Democracy Died
“American Coup” is the true story of a pivotal moment for the United States. It’s the tale of how an ambitious young man from the Hill Country aligned himself with economic, intelligence, and military forces to kill a president in order to replace him. LBJ was complicit in the killing of JFK...