Category Archives: Today in History
Fox News had its first broadcast 20 years ago today, and thus the stupid became weaponized: Smarmy then, smarmy now.
[Ed: We’ve been running this post since the blog began a decade ago. It is from the SF Chronicle a lifetime ago, from 2006 when we were younger and perhaps less cynical. This essay has fallen into the void and … Continue reading
On this date in 1983, the press realized that Reagan had the Carter Briefing book to prepare for the debate in 1980. George Will was the man playing Carter and using the book: “6/28/83 At his 18th press conference, President … Continue reading
President Obama tells us… Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented … Continue reading
4/2/82 “Argentina invades Great Britain’s Falkland Islands. Hours later, UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick attends a dinner at the Argentine embassy.” Excerpt From: Paul Slansky. “The Clothes Have No Emperor.” With permission of the author.
St. Ronnie was shot, or as some prefer to say Hinkley Misses. Al Haig tries to take control of the government, which brings about the definitive dialog of the Reagan Administration’s understanding of government: “As of now, I am in control here, in … Continue reading
And on this date, in one year, we will have a new preznint. And on this date, 35 years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan (“the greatest president of the last half of the last century, maybe the greatest president, ever,” slurred … Continue reading
I just realized that January 4th marked the beginning of the 10th year of Mock, Paper, Scissors! And I realized that I am a bad blogger for not remembering that and writing a self-congratulatory post about it. Until now, that … Continue reading
70 years ago today, the United States used an atomic weapon on civilians in Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. Yahoo News has a reprint of the AP story up, with archival pictures. I remember in the ’80s when … Continue reading
…was Operation American Spring, you know, when 10 Million Patriots were going to March on the Capitol and overthrow the government of the Kenyan Usurper. Don’t worry that you forgot to celebrate it.