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‘Just One Of Those Things.’ Thoughts on America, our massacres, and random death. Do we really care and are we willing to do the necessary?

July 30, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Life, Opinion

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. In 1935 two of America’s greatest talents, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter, created a catchy little number called “Just One Of Those Things.” It instantly rose, fueled by the sophistication and class that oozed from both these men of the world. In it, they took us on “A …

On Figs.

July 26, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s Program Note. Tommy at the Montrose Spa up the street was in a pother when I walked in the other day. “Where have you been?”, he blurted out. Clearly, I had done something or, more accurately, failed to do something, but what? Tommy’s index finger pointed at my dereliction. It …

Why the 2012 presidential campaign is boring me witless… and why that’s bad for the Great Republic. A sound off.

July 19, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. I have been a political animal my whole life, my entire life since birth, February 16, 1947. I mean, I was chairman of the Puffer School Republican Party in 1960. When Illinois Governor William G. Stratton came down on the school playground for some platitudes, I was the …

Ansar Dine Islamists destroy famed mosque in Timbuktu, promising more wanton destruction.

July 12, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. In March, 2001 the civilized world awoke to the incomprehensible spectacle of Taliban zealots waging war against “un-Islamic graven images” in Afghanistan. “Idolatrous” Buddhist images of humans and animals were the enemy, as supreme Taliban leader Mullah Mohammmed Omar ordered explosives, tanks and anti-aircraft weapons to blow up …

‘The Secret Service makes me nervous.’ On the high jinks and pratfalls of America’s best and brightest. Some thoughts.

July 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. The evening of October 20, 1962 was supposed to be a night of nights in the starry history of Broadway. Irving Berlin, the prodigious, stylish, tuneful, glorious Irving Berlin whose music helped create the distinctive American sound in hit after hit was returning to the Great White Way. …

‘Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.’ Independence Day Fifty Years Ago.

July 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. July 4th, Independence Day commenced when 13 fractious colonies decided to sunder the greatest empire on earth… challenging every verity of governance in order to raise up a pristine nation where “all men are created equal.” From this signal phrase, Godlike in its ringing clarity and unanswerable in …

Profanity! Don’t use it in Middleborough, Massachusetts — or else!

July 2, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

Author’s program note. It’s easy to sympathize with the good citizens of Middleborough, Massachusetts. Like all of us, they are assaulted — and I’m talking about every single day — with one expletive most assuredly not deleted after another. Men, women, and (to our residual dismay) even children let loose these days with a string …