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History lesson courtesy of Donald J. Trump, regarding Honest Abe's Gettysburg Address : 

Lincoln was “ridiculed” after giving the speech by the “fake news” of the time. But, Trump added: “Fifty years after his death they said it may have been the greatest speech ever made in America. Pretty good. Pretty good. I have a feeling that’s going to happen with us.”

Here, then, via Rex Huppke in the Chicago Tribune is Honest Donald's own Gettysburg Address:

Forty tweets and seven “Fox and Friends” episodes ago, Sean Hannity brought up a really great point about my Electoral College win. It was so huge. Really, nobody has ever seen such a massive win, and they said it couldn’t be done. Couldn’t be done. But I did it.

And Hannity — how much do we love Sean Hannity, really? He does such a fantastic job, nobody better. And Hannity said my huge Electoral College win, which they say was the biggest ever, was dedicated to all of you, the forgotten men and women of America. Don’t we love America? Don’t we love our flag? And Merry Christmas. People are saying Merry Christmas again. Nobody was saying it before. Nobody said it!

So we are dedicated to the proposition that all men — and women, don’t forget the women. The women love me so much. I won big with the women. The women love Trump.

The proposition that all — I’m just going to say “all,” otherwise the Fake News will call me sexist or make up some other lies. That’s all they do. You see them back there. Just the worst, most disgusting people you’ll ever meet. Not all of them, but really all of them. Terrible. Enemies of the people.

Click here to read the rest, but don't wet yourself! 


The evidence is insurmountable:

1. After the Dallas cop was slain on November 22, 1963, he was identified in the press as Jefferson Davis Tippit. Years later, his family denied that those initials stood for anything – a coverup that proves the officer was part of a white-supremacist cabal.

 Jefferson Davis Tippit or plain old J.D.? You decide.

Jefferson Davis Tippit or plain old J.D.? You decide.

2. Right-wing racists had a deep hatred for President Kennedy.

3. Tippit made arrangements to buy Lee Harvey Oswald's Mannlicher-Carcano rifle on the morning of the assassination, and Oswald brought the weapon to the Texas School Book Depository, pretending it was curtain rods.

4.  Tippit told Oswald he was going to stick around to watch the motorcade. He asked Oswald to go buy a Coke for him down on the second floor.

5. Once Oswald realized that Tippit used his rifle to shoot the president and set him up as a patsy, Oswald fled the depository.

6. Oswald dashed to his boarding house to retrieve his revolver and set out to find Tippit, now back cruising the streets in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, deed done.

7. Oswald went up to Tippit's patrol car and said, "Why did you do it, buddy? Why did you shoot the president and set me up as a patsy?" J.D. just smirked, leaving Oswald no other choice but to shoot the assassin dead.

 This image from the J.D. Tippit website illustrates his facility with a longarm.

This image from the J.D. Tippit website illustrates his facility with a longarm.

8. "That was for my president," Oswald murmured as he tossed his revolver in some bushes and hustled off to a nearby movie theater, hoping to meet up with his contact from the FBI and reveal the truth.

9. Unfortunately for patriot Lee Harvey Oswald, the treacherous Tippit had broadcast Oswald's description as matching the suspect in the assassination and police descended on the movie theater, hauling him off as he shouted his innocence.

10. Fearful the patsy would rat out J.D., his co-conspirators placed a call to Jack Ruby. You know the rest. It is history.

​The kid from Shenandoah who once owned the Philadelphia Eagles is dead


They say the true measure of a man is how many Facebook friends he has. (Well, somebody must have said that; maybe Mark Zuckerberg.) When Jerry Wolman died of cancer yesterday at the age of 86, he left behind 587, all of them left to mourn the greatest character the coal region of town of Shenandoah has ever produced.

Jerry Wolman was the very picture of the hometown boy made good.  Following a stint as a Merchant Marine— he wanted to be a sailor, but the Navy rejected him for medical reasons —  he opened a produce business in Wilkes-Barre with his wife, but it floundered. Unsure of whether to move to New York or Philadelphia, Wolman said it was hitchhiker he picked up convinced him to try Washington, where he managed a paint store before buying a half-acre lot across the street for $5,000. From there, he built a fortune of more than $100 million in real estate and construction.

In 1966, at the age of 36, Wolman fulfilled his boyhood dream of buying the Philadelphia Eagles for $5.5 million. He helped bring the Flyers to Philadelphia and was a driving force behind the construction of the Spectrum arena.

"He was like a Donald Trump at the time. Everywhere you'd go, it was like, 'Hey, Jerry, how's it going?' "

 "He was like a Donald Trump at the time," his son Alan recalls. "Everywhere you'd go, it was like, 'Hey, Jerry, how's it going?'"

Those fairy-tale years for Wolman were not the glory years for the Eagles.  He had this thing about loyalty and he handed Joe Kuharich, a friend he considered extremely loyal, a 15-year contract as coach. (Joe's final record was 28-41-1.) The Birds were coasting toward a spotless losing season in 1968 and appeared to be on the verge of signing the most prized college player in the nation — O.J. Simpson — before winning their final two games. The fans achieved a measure of notoriety that stands to this day when they pelted Santa Claus with snowballs during halftime of a 1968 loss to Minnesota.

Then it all fell apart. Wolman was the driving force behind the John Hancock Center in Chicago, a skyscraper that was to stand 1,127-feet high and become the tallest building in the world. An engineering error doomed the project: Concrete was poured into sleeves that were too small, then the sleeves were removed before the concrete has fully dry. The mistake was not discovered until a year into the project, when the building began to sway and buckle, and because Wolman had backed construction with his cash and credit, he lost everything.

In 1969 he was forced to sell his beloved Eagles, to Leonard Tose for $16.2 million. 

I remember back in 1966, during the centennial gala in Shenandoah, Wolman and his brother Manny served as honorary grand marshals.  After Wolman's empire began crumbling, the town wanted to give back all the money he had donated,  He would hear none of it.

When he turned 80 on Valentine's Day in 2007, his family arranged a special gift, a bus ride back to Shenandoah:

"One more gift for grandpop," yelled Robin Sachs Matthews, his granddaughter. "We are taking you on a bus ride back to Shenandoah."
You think it was a trip to Disney. Jerry's eyes just glistened.

Who says you can't go home again?

Jerry Wolman built a fortune, and he lost a fortune, but through it all he never lost his good cheer, nor that smile, that broad, infectious smile. 

Jerry Wolman: The World's Richest Man
By Joseph Bockol, Richard Bockol

Why the Reading Eagle's editorial on same-sex marriage is one of its worst ever

The day after the Supreme Court issued a pair of historic rulings on same-sex marriage, newspapers across the land published editorials generally applauding, or in some cases denouncing, the significance of this civil-rights victory for gays. 

Not our hometown paper. 

Instead, the Reading Eagle slammed the high court for failing to dish out even more history:

In football terms, the court, facing fourth down and inches from midfield, punted.

Never mind the tortured football analogy. (Why is it fourth and inches from midfield? Why not fourth and 20 from the team's own 10? Or fourth and inches from the 20 when a field goal will win the game? )

The point the newspaper is trying to make is that the Supremes should not have decided California's Proposition 8 on technical grounds, which legalized same-sex marriage in our largest state. The Eagle believes the court should have issued a sweeping ruling, ending the controversy over same-sex marriage once and for all.

The court, of course, is in the business of issuing narrow rulings. Otherwise, the justices stand accused of legislating from the bench. You hear that from both sides. 

The Eagle's position is not an outlier. What is bizarre is that the editorial fails to take any stand on the overriding issue of whether bans on same-sex marriage should be unconstitutional.

What the Eagle is saying is that the court should have handed down some kind of Roe vs. Wade type ruling on same-sex marriage. Any ruling. Doesn't matter a bit how it will affect millions upon millions of Americans. Just rule already.

And that is truly bizarre.

But it should not be surprising, given the newspaper's chicken-liver editorial policy of never taking positions on controversial issues such as abortion or political endorsements.  And it's keeping in tune with the talk shows over at the Eagle's sister radio station WEEU, where the day after the court ruling "Feedback" Mike Faust encouraged people to spout off with all sorts of bigoted, hateful ideas.

One of my Facebook friends described the diarrhea of the voicebox:

Listening to a call-in program on the local AM radio WEEU,  this morning.... It was a soapbox..... A forum for elderly, many times religious, people to call in and express their bigotry and ignorant hatred....... And the host is treating it like  there is something that can actually be debated, like all opinions are legitimate.....long as you have an opinion, that's the important thing..... I thought it was shameful!!!!!          ........... Like a 50's radio show giving racists a forum to call in and rail on African-Americans, and the host legitimizing them..... One man said homosexuality is a birth defect, a woman said she believed people are born that way, but if you're born homosexual, you should refrain from ever acting on it........ Another said he was in the army 20 years so he knows what he's talking about, (he repeated that 4 times)..... saying gays should not be allowed in the military openly, but if they stayed in the closet they could be allowed to serve.......

But back to the editorial. The paper's dumb logic is that if the court had struck down all bans on same-sex marriage that would have been better than the narrow ruling affecting only California. For gays everywhere, yes, indeed. However, the paper is also arguing that if the court had upheld Prop 8, ending same-sex marriage in California, for now, that also would have been preferable than legitimizing same-sex marriage in California.

Talk about pissing down both legs at once. 

I guess it's safe to assume that there are no gays among the  white, middle-aged guys who comprise the editorial board.

It's easy to debate in the abstract when, excuse the pun, you have no skin in the game.