Mon, Feb 1

2005—Canada OK’s same-sex marriage; the world does not end. 2004—Janet Jackson’s nipple is briefly bared on TV; the world nearly ends. 2003—The space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas. 1991—A tower screwup results in a 737 landing on a turboprop at LAX; 35 die, but David Koch survives. 1974—Richard Nixon meets for twenty minutes with the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. 1968—In Saigon, AP photographer and former Marine Eddie Adams snaps the anti-Iwo Jima Flag Raising photo of the Vietnam War: General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting VC Captain Nguyen Van Lem, whose hands are tied, in the head. 1964—Filthy-minded Governor of Indiana Matthew E. Welsh declares The …

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Sun, Jan 31

2003—At the White House, George W.[MD] Bush tells Tony Blair he’s going to invade Iraq with or without WMDs, and diplomacy will have to fit around the military strategy. 1984—President Reagan alleges the U.S. has a problem with “people who are sleeping on the grates…homeless…you might say, by choice.” 1971—In Detroit, Vietnam Veterans Against the War testify about U.S. policies in Vietnam. Few listen. 1968—The Viet Cong and NVA send a message with coordinated attacks from the Delta to the DMZ, including the U.S. Embassy in Saigon: we’re not giving up. The U.S. brass don’t hear it, but the public does. General “Clueless” Westmoreland says …

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Put Up or Shut Up, Scoundrel!

To the Editor: Supposedly sitting at the very heart of our country’s explosive situation is the “overwhelming” evidence that X-president Trump claims to possess, proving the election was stolen from him. And stolen from his diehard supporters—who believe in an odd framing of reality, one in which appearance is valued far above rationale. Appearances can always be made to be deceiving. If his followers can ever be weaned back to reality, then disproving this biggest hoax of all—in their eyes—will help delegitimize not only Mr. Trump but the entire far-right. This may not be as difficult as it sounds. Not one page of this pivotal …

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Flotsam & Jetsam

“The survivor, then, is a disturber of the peace. He is the runner of the blockade men erect against knowledge of ‘unspeakable’ things. About these he aims to speak, and in so doing he undermines, without intending to, the validity of existing norms. He is a genuine transgressor, and here he is made to feel real guilt. The world to which he appeals does not admit him, and since he has looked to this world as the source of moral order, he begins to doubt himself. And that is not the end, for now his guilt is doubled by betrayal—of himself, of his task, of …

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End the Filibuster Now!

Dear Editor, Now that the Democrats have control of both houses of Congress, citizens have high expectations that Dems must do what is necessary to solve the many crises we have been left with, after too many years of Republican control. To avoid the mistake from Obama’s presidency, the filibuster must be ended. If the 60 percent supermajority filibuster remains, Trump’s Republicans will assure gridlock. Democrats must not make the mistake of playing defense—worrying about what happens if Republicans regain the Senate in 2022 without the filibuster in place. Now they have a majority; now is the time to play offense. Majority rule is 50 …

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Transparent, Fair Redistricting

To the Editor: After each ten year census, New Hampshire is “redistricted.” How can 400 representatives be shared among equal-sized groups? The New Hampshire Constitution requires one representative for every 3,290 citizens. It is supposed to be a fair, nonpartisan and transparent process. But in 2011, the process was not bipartisan, not transparent, and not fair. In 2011, three people created the maps behind closed doors, not a nonpartisan committee. Public hearings were required, but no maps were shown, making informed public input impossible. That year, 24 towns were “gerrymandered”—cheated. Towns of 3,290 citizens or more didn’t get their own representatives, as guaranteed by the …

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