Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser,” lost three Presidential elections. He spent 35 years trying to solve slavery question through Congressional compromise. He was the youngest Speaker of the House, and one of its most powerful ever. That’s what we learned in school. He never came through as a person.
Who is a Jew is more than an intellectual, spiritual, religious, or theoretical question. In Nazi Germany, having one Jewish grandparent sent you to the gas chamber.In Israel, orthodox rabbis, who perform American town clerk functions, decide who is a Jew for purposes of marriage licenses and immigrant benefits. Most Israelis don’t like it, but orthodox political parties in Parliament use leverage to keep these powers.
In my lifetime, only one Miss America ever contributed to social progress after the Pageant, Bess Myerson. To most Americans, a Jewish Miss America in 1945 proved we were better than the thugs we had just defeated in war. She then became a smart TV personality, consumer advocate, and influential New York politician,.
Post-War Baby Boomers have always been a demographic bulge working its way through the toothpaste tube of American history. All our lives, we’ve been like the old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.”
Colt 45 Malt Liquor is a fermented beverage for people who want to get very drunk on beer, very fast and cheap. For years, it’s advertising slogan was, “It works every time.” It looks and tastes like beer, but kicks like the horse on its label. Experienced users say it delivers a “MULE KICK” hangover,
Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone With the Wind,” and movie maids all her life, was criticized by African American leaders for perpetuating racist stereotypes. But the maids she played were smart, strong, dignified, and often superior to the white people they served.
Muhammed Ali’s 70th birthday Jan. 17, 2012, started me thinking about Sugar Ray Robinson, who dominated boxing in the ’40′s and ’50′s. Ray inspired Ali’s fighting style, with his speed, punching power, boxing skill, and ring savvy. Both transcended sports and became cultural icons
NH’s frugal GOP Legislature funded the state’s peer support agencies when PSA members told them they are more independent and empowered, use fewer expensive Medicaid services, and got jobs, thanks to peer support..
With very little fanfare or opposition in 1999, New Hampshire became the last state to adopt a Martin Luther King holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day. Civil Rights Day was adopted in 1990, after a major battle in the Statehouse. As Statehouse reporter, I scooped the state with the inside story of the back room Civil Rights Day compromise.