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SPEAK NO EVIL
I have absolutely no sympathy for Anthony Comstock, a man described by a biographer as having “no conspicuous talents and...boundless energy”. His brother's death from wounds suffered in the ...
KAMuston 05/25/2014 5 5 - -
Goodbye to the Perfect World
Is there any difference between advocating violence, and using the advocation of violence to make a point? If there is, and I believe there is, it is too subtle a difference for a machine to take ...
KAMuston 05/25/2014 29 1 - -
TIME PIECE
I am assured by fundamentalist Christians that six thousand years ago God created the world in six days. Of course, six thousand years ago a day was about the shortest period of time humans could ...
KAMuston 05/23/2014 6 12 1 -
VICKSBURG Third Week of May, 1863
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1863 In the pre-dawn darkness on the outskirts of Edwards Station, Mississippi , 17,000 Confederate infantry in three divisions set out south eastwards for the crossroads of Dillion. ...
KAMuston 05/21/2014 6 12 - -
POLITICAL CLOWNS
I think it no accident that the greatest politicians have always had a strong sense of humor – Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and now, perhaps, Barbara Emery, should she ...
KAMuston 05/18/2014 3 5 - -
NOT SO FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I can prove Gaius Caligula was the stupidest Roman Emperor of them all. According to Tacitus, who was never wrong, after having been stabbed by his own bodyguards in 41 A.D., the lunatic’s last ...
KAMuston 05/16/2014 14 9 - -
KEEPING TIME
I remember a proverb that says opportunity knocks only once. That may be true, but it is also true that having heard the knock you still have to get off your behind and open the door. And, in one of ...
KAMuston 05/16/2014 3 6 - -
VICKSBURG Second Week of May, 1863
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1863 Sherman’s Corps, at last on the eastern side of the Mississippi river, made a force march from Grand Gulf all the way to Harkinson’s Ferry, almost 20 miles on its first full ...
KAMuston 05/14/2014 3 8 - -
A Desire for Success
I have no doubt that when Stephen Puter put two $1,000 bills on the Senator's desk, John Mitchell (above) promptly picked them up. At his trial John denied he took the bribe, but nothing in his ...
KAMuston 05/11/2014 1 2 - -
VICKSBURG First Week in May, 1863
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1863 In Northern Virginia, Union General Joseph Hooker crosses the Rapidan River and throws his army against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. But after splitting the ...
KAMuston 05/07/2014 7 6 - -
When the Cows Come Home
I admit that eventually we must all bow to the will of genetics, even if we aren’t common cattle. And when you come up against a human family like the Smith’s of Glastonbury, Connecticut, any ...
KAMuston 05/04/2014 9 11 - -
PULLING A RABBIT OUT OF A HAT
I believe it is the most famous magic story of all time. It’s the source of a dozen movie plots and it far surpasses the tale of "The Great Coullew", a magician in Lorraine, France, in 1613, who ...
KAMuston 05/02/2014 4 6 - -
Vicksburg - April, 1863
WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 1863 April’s Fools day, 1863, marked a new beginning for the American Civil War. The first draft in American history went into effect in the North, and all males between 20 and ...
KAMuston 04/30/2014 7 8 - -
VICKSBURG The Beginning
I shall now relate the most most amazing military campaign in American history. This is the story of U.S. Grant’s capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi. And I will begin with the observation of an ...
KAMuston 04/27/2014 21 15 - -
GOD, GOLD AND ROPE
I came across a great story about an enterprising San Francisco merchant who scattered $20 worth of gold dust on the cobblestones of a public street, and was sweeping it up and panning it out in a ...
KAMuston 04/25/2014 2 3 - -
EASTER SUNDAY Pt Three
I find it perfectly logical that so much began in Florence. Wool from Europe and dyes from Asian ports met in Tuscany, which was far enough from Rome that religious strictures against profits could ...
KAMuston 04/20/2014 1 5 - -
EASTER SUNDAY PT. TWO
I don't believe the rumors of a plan to poison Lorenzo and Guiliano de Medici in their family villa on the sun warmed slopes of Fiesole, four miles above Florence. First, how was the poison to be ...
KAMuston 04/18/2014 2 2 - -
Easter Sunday Pt One
I believe the bloody Easter Sunday murder in a crowded Tuscany church was set in motion twenty-five years earlier, in 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman empire. The loss of Byzantine ...
KAMuston 04/16/2014 1 - - -
TRUE BELIEVER
I will tell you, Neal Dow was the worst type of politician - a true believer. If you travel long enough down any philosophical path you always reach the land of ad nauseum. But the true believer ...
KAMuston 04/13/2014 1 10 - -
American Narcissist
I can see him clearly, as if he was standing next to me at this moment. And yet his image remains hazy. According to his drivers' license, he was five feet, nine inches tall, weighed 150 pounds and ...
KAMuston 04/09/2014 4 6 1 -
Eternal Triangle Pt Three
I can’t think of a single love triangle that turned out productively for the participants, from King David who did not let morality stand between him and separating Bathsheba from her husband, ...
KAMuston 04/09/2014 1 - - -
The Smiler
I can't make my mind up about Schuyler Colfax (above). Was he a crooked, intriguing politician, as a wise man once said, or was he a working class hero who rose to the second highest office in the ...
KAMuston 04/06/2014 2 7 - -
Missing Plane
I find the two mysteries tragically familiar. It was after midnight, Sunday March eighth, local time when the Boeing jet roared down Kulara Lampur's runway 14 left , before heading north toward the ...
KAMuston 04/04/2014 8 7 - -
Eternal Triangle Pt Two
I have been in love and been stupid. You have been in love and been as stupid as members of this "triangle of delinquency" in our story. Or you will be. It is part of the human condition to be in ...
KAMuston 04/02/2014 1 3 - -
APRIL FOOL
I don’t approve of practical jokes. I seen nothing humorous in having your shoes set afire while you are wearing them. And dribble glasses are not only not practical they are also not funny - ...
KAMuston 04/01/2014 5 8 - -
A Wooden Leg Named Smith
I recently read that the historian Bernard Lewis was once considering writing an essay on economics, but confessed he couldn't get past his own first paragraph. He had written, “In the history of ...
KAMuston 03/30/2014 2 2 1 -
A Black Day For Baseball
I am writing this on yet another oppressive August afternoon. It is baseball weather, when all Americans should be surrounded by the comradely of strangers in shirtsleeves, with a penciled box score ...
KAMuston 03/28/2014 4 8 - -
ETERNAL TRIANGLE Pt One
I wonder why they call it “news”? The one thing it never is, is “new”. Every headline merely documents a sad, sustained repetition. History does not repeat itself. People do. As an example, ...
KAMuston 03/26/2014 1 3 - -
By Any Other Name
I have often pondered in these pages about the personalities attracted to the art of political science. There are few souls that so hunger for power and attention. There are even fewer egos or ids ...
KAMuston 03/21/2014 3 4 - -
Normalization
I can't make up my mind about climate change. Will we adjust our behavior in time, or does the human species lack the intelligence to survive? I hope the answer is yes and no, I worry the answer is ...
KAMuston 03/21/2014 3 9 1 -
SSK response to K's "A personal note"
SSK here, NOT KM: This Might Take A Few Moments To Read: (I wrote the following in response to the very few numbnuts who took K to task for writing that he was "hurt" by the, again, very few ...
KAMuston 03/19/2014 32 3 - -
A Plate of Humble Pie
I suspect the problem begins with the oft quoted but not well understood phrase, “pie are squared.” In the first place, it’s not. It is a fact that you cannot square a circle, and yet it is ...
KAMuston 03/19/2014 9 14 - -
End of the World...Again
I believe the world ended on 5 April, 1761. If you haven't heard of this tragic event, well, your ancestors were just not paying attention. In a world that where most people still believed in the ...
KAMuston 03/19/2014 3 9 - -
IDES OF MARCH, 2014
I greet you on this The Ides of March 2014, memorializing the day 2,057 years ago when the top one percent of Roman politicians imposed terminal term limits upon Julius Caesar. On this day each year ...
KAMuston 03/16/2014 3 13 - -
Throwing a Party
I think of him as just another one of those self-made right-wing technocrats, who used his fortune to finance an ultra-conservative agenda - a 19th century Ross Perot or the Koch Brothers. In this ...
KAMuston 03/15/2014 2 5 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt Nine BORN AGAIN
I was not surprised to learn that just a month after the final break with her mother, in August of 1930, Aimee Semple McPherson suffered an almost complete physical collapse. She was diagnosed with ...
KAMuston 03/12/2014 1 5 - -
A personal note
I have been a member of this community for over a decade, and have been posting here my historical columns in the, evidently mistaken, belief that members here might be wise enough to know they do ...
KAMuston 03/11/2014 49 121 2 -
PAY BACK
I should point out that when Martin Van Buren (above) was humiliatingly dumped into an Indiana hog wallow, ruining a very expensive pair of pearl gray trousers and coating his elegant frock coat ...
KAMuston 03/09/2014 5 12 - -
UP THE STAIR
I confess that my favorite nursery rhyme might be considered a bit morbid. Of course there is nothing unusual in that. Consider the harmless "Pop goes the Weasel” - "All around the mulberry bush, ...
KAMuston 03/07/2014 1 4 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt. Eight CALGARY
I suppose he was the most famous heterosexual in the world. Originally trained as a dancer, he went into films because he'd been black balled on stage after having an affair with a rich producer's ...
KAMuston 03/05/2014 2 1 - -
YOU CAN'T SAY THAT
I contend that democracy is a caveat emptor proposition, and if more voters realized that going into the voting booth, there would be a lot fewer jaded citizens disengaging from the system on the ...
KAMuston 03/02/2014 1 2 - -
U SUCK
I want to tell you about the most improbable machine in all of human history, a machine so brilliant that it has no moving parts. In fact, it works because it has no moving parts. Next to this ...
KAMuston 02/28/2014 5 6 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt Seven RETREAT
I think most people in Los Angeles in 1926 thought the L.A. District Attorney Asa Keyes' case rested on Lorraine Weiseman-Sielaff . It was a shaky foundation, because the lady was unstable. She was ...
KAMuston 02/26/2014 1 1 - -
CONTINENTAL LIAR
I blame the Democrats for what happened to James Gillespie Blaine (above). The donkeys were supposed to be doing their nominal job of keeping Republicans honest, but because the Democrats jumped the ...
KAMuston 02/21/2014 3 5 - -
BATS IN YOUR ATTIC
I can’t say she was beautiful, but then photographs are a poor record of personality. The newspapers called her “comely”, which the dictionary defines as “pleasing and wholesome in appearance.
KAMuston 02/19/2014 3 6 1 -
HAVING FAITH Pt. Six DEFENSE
"I sat in the orchestra pit of the huge auditorium at the Angelus Temple...the crowd spilling into the aisles. Many were on crutches or in wheelchairs. Suddenly a figure with bright red hair and a ...
KAMuston 02/19/2014 2 2 - -
HUNTING THE BIG UMBER BIRD
I have to tell you a very dull story. It relates no shootouts, no hangings, no burnings at the stake. This story would make a really bad comic book, er, sorry, graphic novel. Heck, it would make an ...
KAMuston 02/16/2014 3 9 - -
DOES YOUR COW POINT NORTH
I am certain that some will think this story is much a moo about nothing. But I think it behooves us to consider the implications of what at first blush seems like a simply grazy observation. ...
KAMuston 02/14/2014 19 20 1 -
HAVING FAITH Pt 5 TESTING
I can say only one thing with certainty about the mystery of Aimee Semple McPherson, and that is that the evangelist’s rumored romantic partner, radio engineer Kenneth Ormiston, was having no ...
KAMuston 02/12/2014 1 2 - -
Wounded Warriors?? (by SSK, not KAM)
I saw a TV commercial yesterday. It was for a group called "Wounded Warriors". And my blood boiled.
KAMuston 02/11/2014 8 - - -
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
I come home in the morning light, My mother says "When you gonna live your life right?" Oh ,mother,dear, We're not the fortunate ones, And girls, They wanna have fun. * I am not sure how to describe ...
KAMuston 02/09/2014 2 10 - -
FAT FUCKING IDIOTS
I admit, with no small personal embarrassment, that I, along with many of my fellow Americans, are too often - fat fucking idiots. Please allow me to justify my choice of language and then my claim. ...
KAMuston 02/07/2014 26 12 - -
HONESTY
“We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest -- which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to ...
KAMuston 02/02/2014 1 2 - -
BREEZE AT SPITHEAD
I don't believe 52 year old Vice Admiral John Griffith Colpoys (above) was an excitable man. He had served with honor in the Royal Navy through shot and storm since he was thirteen. But at about ...
KAMuston 02/01/2014 2 5 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt Four INTENT
I believe Aimee Semple McPherson's kidnapping would have remained a footnote in L.A. history, but for the burning envy of one man - the Reverend “Fighting Bob” Shuler. After six years of ...
KAMuston 01/29/2014 1 2 - -
THE ART OF BANKING
I bet you have never heard of Walter Bagehot (above) - rhymes with gadget. He was a melancholy 19th century economist who often did not sound like an economist - “Nothing is more unpleasant than a ...
KAMuston 01/24/2014 2 9 - -
A FAINT HOPE
I understand why Theodore Roosevelt (above) acted like such a jackass on September 3rd, 1902. He was in shock. He had received a head injury, and a bad leg wound. He had just come within a hair's ...
KAMuston 01/24/2014 1 4 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt. Three WILDERNESS
I wonder what went through Sister Aimee's mind in the days after she drowned., when she realized she had to go back to Los Angeles. I do not believe for one second her story of being kidnapped. But ...
KAMuston 01/19/2014 1 6 - -
AUTOMATIC GUN CONTROL
I hate to call it an average day, but it was. Just about a quarter past ten that gray Thursday morning, it was a bitter 18 degrees Fahrenheit, usual for Chicago in February. The day before an inch ...
KAMuston 01/17/2014 7 8 - -
AN OLD STORY
I hate to tell you this, but America's midsection has a big tummy ache. It's probably not keeping you up nights, but maybe it should - because to put it in the vernacular of my youth, “We can't ...
KAMuston 01/17/2014 1 4 - -
HAVING FAITH Pt 2 SALVATION
"I will tell you a story, now age-old and hoary, Engraved on the pages of time, And one that is known not around us alone, But in many a country and clime." * Even today most observers are ...
KAMuston 01/15/2014 1 2 - -
THE FAULT IS IN OUR STARS
I suggest that if you a member of that half of Americans who believe there is some validity in astrology, you contemplate the chart for December 30, 1867. It falls under the sign of Capricorn and ...
KAMuston 01/12/2014 3 8 - -
DEAD WRONG
I am not suggesting that Tycho Brahe's parents wanted to get rid of him, but when a rich uncle kidnapped the terrible two year old, they did not ask for him back. Smart people. Brahe was the most ...
KAMuston 01/10/2014 7 8 1 -
HAVING FAITH Pt 1 DROWNING
I believe the watch made the lady a liar. She vanished into the surf of a California beach attired only in a modest one piece green bathing suit and cap. She miraculously reappeared five hundred ...
KAMuston 01/08/2014 4 3 - -
NEVER SAY DIE
I know two versions as to how James “Farmer Jim” Ferguson became a lawyer back in 1897. In the first story, the chairman of bar exam committee was an old family friend, or he bought the man who ...
KAMuston 01/05/2014 1 5 - -
A VERY OLD STORY
I hate to tell you this, but America's midsection has a big tummy ache. It's probably not keeping you up nights, but maybe it should - because to put it in the vernacular of my youth, “We can't ...
KAMuston 01/03/2014 1 8 - -
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
I have two favorite Christmas chorals; the haunting Carol of the Bells, composed in 1904 by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych, and the seemingly nonsensical Twelve Days of Christmas, which is old enough ...
KAMuston 01/01/2014 1 - - -
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
I have two favorite Christmas chorals; the haunting Carol of the Bells, composed in 1904 by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych, and the seemingly nonsensical Twelve Days of Christmas, which is old enough ...
KAMuston 12/29/2013 6 6 - -
CAROL SINGING
I strongly suspect that the 6th century Christian theologian Benedict of Nursia was completely tone deaf. Its the only way I can explain why his Rules of Saint Benedict left Christianity trying to ...
KAMuston 12/25/2013 12 8 - -
Funding of Climate Change denial
New "Peer Reviewed" study of climate change deniers, at Not just the Koch ...
KAMuston 12/23/2013 4 3 - -
SOMEBODY SHOOT THAT SON-OF-A-BITCH
I think it meaningful that Huey Pierce Long was murdered on the ground level 2nd floor of the building he inspired. At 34 stories, the $5 million ($81 million today) limestone clad skyscraper remains,
KAMuston 12/20/2013 9 18 1 -
HERE WE COME A WASSALING
I don't know if you know this, but the Christmas carol started out as a dance, and then became a song. Whereas wassailing started out as a libation and then became a song and then darn near ...
KAMuston 12/20/2013 4 8 1 -
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC
I wish I had been in the Alexandrian suburb of Eleusis, in July of 169 B.C. when for a few brief moments the past and future were divided by a line in the sand. On one side stood the royal egomaniac ...
KAMuston 12/11/2013 1 8 - -
THE REAL POLITICAL POOP
I can prove the regularity of William Blount's intestinal functions, because his enemies in the U.S. Senate depended on them. Their trap was sprung on a Tuesday morning, while Blount was visiting “...
KAMuston 12/08/2013 2 5 - -
YES, VIRGINIA
I know of only two moments that justifies the sin of pride. Both are a Horace Mann moment, the first, of course, when you have “won some victory for humanity”, and the second is when a child ...
KAMuston 12/06/2013 2 8 - -
NOT PERFECT
I was surprised to find on Thursday, September 10, 1846, how many of America's 18 million citizens were on the journey to our “more perfect union”. In the pitiless Nevada desert members of the ...
KAMuston 12/01/2013 2 7 - -
TURKEY WARS
I don’t understand why anyone believes any of the popular myths about Thanksgiving. The truth is our Puritan forefathers were a humorless bunch who showed their devotion to God by going hungry, ...
KAMuston 11/29/2013 9 11 - -
ET TU Part Eight A DAY AT THE THEATRE
I find it very telling that on March 13, 44 B.C., just two days before the planned assassination of Julius Caesar, the driving force behind the plot, Gaius Cassius Longinus , warned his fellow ...
KAMuston 11/27/2013 1 6 - -
THE FLAMBOYANT JAMOOK
I gotta' tell you, this David Friendland was a real jamook, an empty suit with a very big motor mouth. He could sell life insurance to your dead grandmother, he never shuts up. He's flamboyant. He'...
KAMuston 11/24/2013 1 9 - -
ROMANTICS
I find it curious that Ernst Theodore Hoffman (above) is considered a romantic. I think of him as a manic depressive, and justified at that, considering that Napoleon spent most of Ernest’s life ...
KAMuston 11/22/2013 7 6 - -
ET TU Part Seven END GAME
I would like to have attended the Lupercalia, in 44 B.C.. It was the beginning of the Roman holiday season, and the city probably never looked (or smelled) better than it did every Ides (15th) of ...
KAMuston 11/20/2013 2 5 - -
THE GREAT ABSCOUNDING
I am sure you have heard of “Tricky Dick” Nixon, and probably “Slick Willy” Clinton, and maybe even Martin Van “Ruin”, or “Ruther-”fraud” B. Hays. I certainly believe Mitt “47%”
KAMuston 11/17/2013 7 13 - -
HOW???
Do I construct my own diary here? This place is home to my book, "You Picked Orange: by SSK (I'm SSK) but I've had to post it on my husband's diary, and I'm sure ...
KAMuston 11/13/2013 5 5 - -
ET TU Part Six STARTING DATE
I don't wish to overstate things, so speaking conservatively, the year 45 B.C. was one of the most revolutionary years in all of human history. To begin with it was a last year of the old Roman ...
KAMuston 11/13/2013 4 5 - -
ET TU Part Five WINNER TAKE ALL
I wish I could have seen at least one of the parades in the first week of September, 46 B.C..E. They lasted over four days and the spectacle must have been magnificent. Each morning the units formed ...
KAMuston 11/06/2013 2 1 - -
THE AMAZING WILL ROGERS
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. Will ...
KAMuston 11/03/2013 8 18 2 -
AIR MAIL
I believe the decision by the United States Post Office to leap into the 20th century of mail delivery was taken with all the alacrity and planning you would expect from the second oldest and most ...
KAMuston 11/01/2013 6 14 - -
ET TU Pt Four JEWEL OF THE NILE
I don't always believe the Roman historian Plutarch, but then you should never always believe any historian. Still, Plutarch always told a good story. His tale of the death of Pompey the Great is a ...
KAMuston 10/30/2013 2 3 - -
A LITTLE SOCIALISM
I can't think of a place in America that is more deceptive than North Dakota, 70,000 square miles of not what you thought. It's most fertile land is the valley of the Red River of the North (above),
KAMuston 10/27/2013 4 6 - -
CRAZY DEAD MAN AT THE SWITCH
I have said it before, and I say it again - letting an economist graduate without a minor in psychology, is like allowing a doctor to become board certified without knowing how to identify their own ...
KAMuston 10/25/2013 3 6 - -
ET TU Pt Three BLOODY DRILLS
I know little about the soldier Crastinus, except that he died on June 7, 48 B.C.E. of a sword wound to the mouth. I know that on this day, as he was about to face the 45,000 men in Pompey's army, ...
KAMuston 10/23/2013 2 4 - -
SHOOTING YOUR MOUTH OFF
I don't much like John Stanly. Sure, he suffered from abandonment issues, when both his parents died in the yellow fever epidemic in 1789, leaving him an orphan at just 15. But any sympathy for him ...
KAMuston 10/20/2013 3 4 - -
THE CURSE OF BEING BOB
I want to label the late Bob Lincoln as a shlimazel, but its a Yiddish term and not generally well known. Most people would probably call him a Jonah – but that would not be entirely accurate. See,
KAMuston 10/18/2013 4 10 - -
ET TU Chap Two GAMBLING
I have no doubt there were spies in Ravenna on January 11th. There are always spies in border towns, and traveling north out of Roman territory, the first town you reached in Cisalpine Gau (northern ...
KAMuston 10/16/2013 1 3 - -
TOWER OF BABBLE THREE
I believe that Michael Ventris had dozed off when, well after one in the morning of September 6, 1956, his car crossed the center line at high speed and slammed head on into a truck. Micheal was ...
KAMuston 10/16/2013 2 2 - -
FIFTY-FOUR FORTY OR FIGHT
I can't help wondering why so many politicians are calling for a new approach to politics Aren't the same politics we've been using for the last 2,500 years good enough? Maybe the real problem lies ...
KAMuston 10/13/2013 3 6 - -
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
I wonder how many of the six million people who gaze upon her face every year know she was a 24 year old mother of two when her sat for her portrait? Her wealthy husband had been widowed twice before,
KAMuston 10/11/2013 1 4 - -
ET TU Chap. One CURTAIN RISES
I believe the murder was set in motion far from the scene of the crime, in modern day Turkey, in a patch of desert about ten miles north of the border with Syria. In 53 B.C.E., this spot of ...
KAMuston 10/09/2013 2 4 - -
PAYBACK
I should point out that when Martin Van Buren (above) was humiliatingly dumped into an Indiana hog wallow, ruining a very expensive pair of pearl gray trousers and coating his elegant frock coat ...
KAMuston 10/06/2013 2 7 1 -
HANGER ON
I find it fascinating how we can suddenly lose sight of things that are vital to us and surround us. Consider this fable; in the final hours of Saturday, May 20, 1995, Mrs. Paula Dixon leaped on the ...
KAMuston 10/04/2013 3 7 - -
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