Monthly Archives: May 2020

“I Can’t Breathe!”

“Nashville ‘I Will Breathe’”, reported that city’s ABC affiliate WKRN. [1] The theme of breathing is evident, such as in the breath-inhibiting face masks and the disturbing George Floyd “I can’t breathe” videos out of Minneapolis. Mighty Lord Pritzker of … Continue reading

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No Social Distancing in Minneapolis

Rioters in Minneapolis are not practicing the correct social distancing. Many are not wearing face masks! By golly, if Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker were on the scene, you better believe that would change fast. (Pritzker wouldn’t care about the rioting … Continue reading

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June Busting Out All Over

June is busting out all over and the Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker, is having fits. It seems the Illinoisans have been busting out to other States for their open restaurants and taverns. But what can J.B. do? Will he build … Continue reading

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The Druid Grail

Many are the tales of the Holy Grail. A recent novel by Umberto Eco, Baudolino, has a wild theory. A good beginner’s guide for those about to embark on the quest is A.E. Waite’s, The Hidden Church of the Holy … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Roscoes

The “greatest of all surprises of this session came to-day,” reported the Philadelphia Times on May 17, 1881. “It was the resignation of Senators Conkling and Platt, the two Senators from New York.” Imagine the astonishment if news came tomorrow … Continue reading

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Theory of Garfield Assassination

“They pushed him to do it!” That was the Booth family lore on why John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Booth, using an alias, had married Izola Forrester in 1859. She was already pregnant by Booth at the time. The … Continue reading

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Guiteau’s Last Stand

On June 30, 1882, Charles Guiteau danced his way up to the gallows and waved at the audience, shook hands with his executioner and, as a last request, recited a poem that he had written called “I am Going to … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

Was it Dr. Renale or Dr. Reynale? (Some say it was Reynolds.) He had gotten into fierce public debate with a Dr. Robinson and other medical men over whether an eruptive disease seen in Hornellsville, New York was varicella (chicken … Continue reading

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Feuding Doctors in Hornellsville

Dr. Hamilton described eruptive diseases seen in Hornellsville as varicella. He said Dr. Renale called them varioloid or variola. You can get a glimpse of this intriguing medical dispute found in the Buffalo Medical Journal and Monthly Review, Vol 10, … Continue reading

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Variola not Varicella but might be Varioloid

In 1851 “the small pox” had appeared in various parts of the U.S., reported the Augusta (Georgia) Daily Chronicle and Sentinel, on April 2, 1851. This would have been in the Millard Fillmore times, when our Millard valiantly strove to … Continue reading

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