Category Archives: history

Tech changes. Cop culture doesn’t.


Swamp Rabbit was yapping about the Derek Chauvin trial. “Too bad he was wearin’ a mask. I wanted to see the look on his face when the judge read them guilty verdicts.” I recalled watching Chauvin on TV last May, … Continue reading

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‘The Troubles’ in N. Ireland pale in comparison to ours


I was reading about the possible renewal of “the Troubles” that wracked the north of Ireland in the last three decades of the 20th century: The instability has been accelerated by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. From … Continue reading

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Voting rights expansion vs. the filibuster


We were watching the filibuster scene from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a hit movie in 1939 and a great example of director Frank Capra using his corny genius to convey big, inspirational ideas. His hero in this one is … Continue reading

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South Dakota lawmaker channels ‘founding fathers’


“Check this out,” Swamp Rabbit said. It was the sort of message you might see from a grumpy old white guy at a run-down barroom in, let’s say, South Dakota: “Wait a minute,“ I said. “This guy is really a … Continue reading

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‘Philly-delphia’ lawyer stars in impeachment farce


Farce — a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations. We were still arguing about Donald Trump’s impeachment farce. I thought the crowning moment came when Mitch McConnell condemned Trump as … Continue reading

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Common ground with Republicans? On Mars, maybe.


“If Joe Biden keeps seeking common ground with Republicans — or unity, as he sometimes calls it — he’ll miss his chance to achieve his stated policy goals. Then Republicans will blame Democrats because the country is still a mess, … Continue reading

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Pity the poor, oppressed Capitol raiders


Swamp Rabbit said he was in a terrible state after watching reruns of the mob storming the Capitol last week at the behest of their Dear Leader, who hid in the White House while they did his dirty work. “You … Continue reading

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Long-anticipated coup attempt fails. Game over?


Swamp Rabbit was stretched out on the bare ground near his shack, looking like he’d just survived an ordeal that tested his limits. “Feels like I got chased 20 miles by a pack of bloodhounds,” he told me. Actually, he’d … Continue reading

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The year of ‘You can’t make this stuff up’


Asked to summarize 2020 in one phrase, humorist Dave Barry wrote “Four Seasons Total Landscaping.” Perfect. Donald Trump’s wacko coup attempt, along with the Covid-19 plague, dominated the news late in the year, and nowhere was the Trump legal team’s … Continue reading

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Anti-boomer demands recount of 2,020 greatest songs


“I bet they ain’t got none of my favorites,” my neighbor Swamp Rabbit said when WXPN in Philadelphia started playing the 2,020 all-time greatest songs, an end-of-year list based on votes cast by the station’s listeners. “You might be surprised,” … Continue reading

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