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The King’s Great Matter

This week (May 23) in 1533, Thomas Cranmer, England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, ruled in a special court that the marriage of King Henry VIII to his wife Catherine of Aragon was “null and void.”  Five days later Cranmer ruled that Henry’s subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn was “good and proper.”

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Quote of the Week

“If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Thinking Out Loud: The Comey Firing

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was handled terribly.  Comey’s firing is justifiable (I’ll get to that), but public-relations wise, it should have been done after Trump’s inauguration, not after the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was gathering steam and raising its profile. ...Read More »

The Lyrical Licentiousness of “Louie Louie”

It’s not every rock-and-roll song that prompts the U.S. Attorney General to direct the FBI to conduct a year-long investigation, costing thousands of taxpayer dollars, into whether that song’s possibly dirty lyrics violated the Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material Act. But that was the case with the song “Louie Louie,”...Read More »

Quote of the Week

“What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.”  -Boris Pasternak


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