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Restoration yearnings in royal Camelot. Advice for the white hope of the dynasty, Joseph P. Kennedy III.

February 28, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It has happened to the Braganzas of Portugal, the Hohenzollerns of Germany, the Bourbons of France, the Hapsburgs of Austria… royal and imperial families which, for whatever reason, find themselves throneless princes. These are the saddest people of all, for they know so very well their metier — to rule — …

An Appreciation for the life of Dr. Christian Lambertsen, dead at 93, the man who opened the undersea realm to all the world with scuba.

February 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s note. Before commencing this article, set the mood. Go to any search engine and look for the theme song for the Sea Hunt television series. It’s just the right tune to put you in the mood for high adventure on the waves… and under. Remember the Sea Hunt television series …

A true tale of the city of Boston. and of Penelope the snake. We all know (but do not all love) thee….. yet.

February 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant How’s your general knowledge about Boa dumerili? Yeah, mine too. Decided limited. But then, you know, not planning any future visits to Madagascar or Reunion Island… and never, ever visiting the reptile house at the zoo (been there, done that, nightmares to prove it), I little thought I’d ever need such …

Obama administration moves to the right side of history. Belatedly declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

February 25, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This is a story about a basic human right long deferred and now advanced. This is the story of a president who tried to have his cake and eat it, too; who finally decided leadership was necessary and not merely finesse. This is the story of a great nation’s contortions to …

Rhubarb… of my grandmother, her pies, and this ancient vegetable (or in New York State, fruit).

February 23, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Some of my grandmother’s possessions arrived here the other day. They have been in storage a long, long time and, at last, my brother and sister decided (no surprise this) that I, as an historian, should store these things until they (or my sister’s 2 children) should be ready to take …

New Orleans’ Sidney Bechet house demolished; Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum slated to be closed Such is our heritage destroyed… one uncomprehending authority after another.

February 22, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This is a story about stupidity, shortsightedness, carelessness, neglect and the ongoing destruction of our culture, one brick at a time. Today’s examples are taken from the cities of New Orleans, Louisiana and Baltimore, Maryland… but the sad thing is, without breaking a sweat, one could easily see them replicated in …

No valentines today? What did you do to deserve them? Two penguins have some advice for you… and so do I!

February 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Today, February 14, 2011, is Valentine’s Day. Millions ofpeople worldwide will participate in this essential riteof love which usually involves men standing in lines for hoursat expensive candy shops and florists with overburdened,surly help… then trekking their purchases home, very self-consciously,  with more hope than expectation that She WhoMust Be Obeyed …

The son also rises……..not. The last, most fervid supporter of the ancien regime, Gamal Mubarak, the man who would be king.

February 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in World Events

  by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It was all arranged by the new and emerging powers that bein Cairo. These people, many once ostentatious pillars of theregime, felt they had given the old man, octogenarianHosni, more than enough time, to secret his billionsand save his face. Unanimously they agreed, civil andmilitary, it was time to move …

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me…?" Dr. Lant turns 64, and at last knows the answer to the Beatles’ plaintive question.

February 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Today I turn 64,  having entered this life February 16, 1947. Thatmakes me a certified Baby Boomer,  a member in good standingof a petted generation that has touched, for good and ill, virtually everythingon this  planet, incising its deep mark far and wide. We started life as heirs to creation; now …

Ali Khamenei’s cur. The rise and ultimate fall of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

February 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in World Events

  by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Imagine that you are Iranian Supreme Leader AyatollahAli Khamenei, the elect of God and the Prophet. You area man of decided views, regarding the theocracy thatmasquerades as the Islamic Republic of Iran as the derniermot in acceptable governance. You are the Anointed One; you are a man of discernment,learning, sternness …