Tag Archive for History

Editing Textbooks with a Conservative Bias

In case you missed this story over the weekend, the Texas Legislature has approved sweeping new changes to the content of textbooks used by schoolchildren there. And since Texas is the second largest market for textbooks in the nation and California likely won’t be ordering new editions of textbooks until 2014, these edits — which…

First Lunar Landing: 40 Years Ago Today

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” — Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 Fourty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to land on the moon. They landed at 20:17 UTC (13:17 PDT) on July 20 with about 25 seconds of fuel left. Watch CBS Videos Online Six hours and fourty minutes later at…

Why People Are Leaving the GOP in Droves

Arlen Specter left for strategic political reasons. Some folks have left to jump on the Obama bandwagon. Some are leaving because of the Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin debacles. But others are leaving out of pure shame. Today, North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx said, in a speech on the floor of the House, that the…

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009): Historian and Fighter for Justice

Academics and intellectuals  – and college professors in particular – are often thought of as living in an Ivory Tower – dispassionate, disconnected, and aloof from the everyday world. And, for the most part, this reputation is deserved, especially in America, where we have often demanded a quiescence  that poses as objectivity from our academics…

Well Dad, what are you waiting for?

I voted yesterday with my son, Ethan, sitting beside me at the kitchen table. My wife Suzie, who is a naturalized Vietnamese-American, insists on the ritual of going to the polls on election day. Looking at our son, she said, “Our community fought so hard for this right that I’d rather vote on election day.”…

34 Years Ago…

August 8 & 9, 1974; I remember those days so well.  President Nixon resigned in disgrace amid the Watergate scandal. At ComicCon two weeks ago, I picked up a bumper sticker: “I Never Thought I’d Miss Nixon.”  Compared with what the current administration has gotten away with, Nixon looks like a choir boy.

Harvey Milk Day May 22nd

In an LA Times Blog story this afternoon it is reported that a bill introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno and State Senator Sheia Kuehl was narrowly approved Tuesday morning in the Senate that would require the Governor to proclaim May 22nd of each year as Harvey Milk Day in honor of slain gay civil rights…