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Historical background related to current issues and/or events.

From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

Not with a bang?

Although I have yet to take much interest in the debates, I've gotten the impression the Democratic candidates this year are engaged in a bidding war. Bright, shiny voting blocks are up for bid. Which candidate will promise the most free stuff? Will any of these voting blocks consider the deep questions of funding, or will they just be impressed by all the Monopoly money on the table?

Unsolved problems

Some people wonder why the President hasn't yet solved the border crisis. Some people, of course, believe that he has created the border crisis. Either way, it should be clear we have a crisis. So why hasn't the President succeeded in fixing it?

Is the Pope a globalist?

It has been alleged that the Pope is a globalist. I believe the person who declared this incorrectly derived this notion from the fact that the Catholic Church is, by definition and by history, the universal (meaning world-wide) Church. (As it says in the Creed, the Church is "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.")

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., devoted his life to rectifying some of the worst evils in our society. By using tactics similar to those used by Mohandas K. Gandhi in his leadership of the Salt March, Dr. King was able to touch the conscience of America. In the process he inspired us to rethink the "separate but equal" fiction of the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of the Supreme Court, which found the Jim Crow laws to be constitutional

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