Thanksgiving in America - “Government requires make-believe. Make believe that the king is divine, make believe that he can do no wrong or make believe that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Make believe that the people have a voice or make believe that the representatives of the people are the people. Make believe that […]
Court And Congress Hammer Out Truce on Gay Rights - America could finally be on its way to hammering out a truce between advocates for same-sex marriage and religious opponents who want no part of it. It’s a tall order. Congress is the architect of one part of the truce. The Senate is advancing a bill, with bipartisan support, to ensure that a same-sex couple’s […]
A Southern Classic for Any Holiday – The Mint Julep - The iconic Confederate drink, then and now, is the Mint Julep. Captain Frederick Marryatt (1792-1848) was a Royal Navy officer, a well-respected novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He often wrote about America, which he had visited several times. The gallant captain Marryatt introduced the Mint Julep to England, where it was well-received. Marryatt […]
News From Around the South 11/14 to 11/21 - SOUTH CAROLINA: Faith Leaders Bless Ground Of New International Africa American Museum Standing at the edge of the Cooper River where thousands upon thousands of enslaved Africans had been brought long before,¬†Bishop Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith of Ghana thought about the connection between North America and Africa. The Archbishop of the Church of the Province of […]
The FBI and Zero Click - During the Trump administration, the FBI paid $5 million to an Israeli software company for a license to use its “zero-click” surveillance software called Pegasus. Zero-click refers to software that can download the contents of a target’s computer or mobile device without the need for tricking the target into clicking on it. The FBI operated […]