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by Emmett Smith

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Again, the late-modern images below of the 1920s and 1930s, from the You Tube archives, speak for themselves, and as we behold them it is clear that the late-modern age, and all that late-modernity was, for us has long (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

In the wake of the recent Hudson River incident, the
FAA is implementing new anti-bird (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

Now that many Americans in the mood of evangelical political repentance are dwelling on the gloomy topic of who may have been their ‘worst’ President, it is timely perhaps to revise a number of our wrong opinions of past leaders in the World.  Indeed, and now that here in the pp of Bodwyn Wook we have taken part for good and all in beholding anew the singular moral power and integrity of America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, it is time to look with renewed respect and, I daresay, love, at the figure of English Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.022409-stanley-baldwin  For too long he has been done down by popularising historians, as the man who let Hitler rise in Europe unchallenged.  As the following words of Baldwin’s reveal, however, his was perhaps the most humane of characters of any twentieth century English Prime Minister.  Although Stanley Baldwin may well not have been the man of international affairs, the following homely words are his, and the perceptive reader may be interested to note the inspiration that Winston Churchill, himself, took for a later, terser, oration

Though I do not think that in the life of a busy man there could be placed into his hands a more difficult toast than this, yet the first thought that comes into my mind as a public man is a feeling of satisfaction and profound thankfulness that I may use the word ‘England’ without some fellow at the back of the room shouting out ‘Britain’. I have often thought how many of the most beautiful passages in the English language would be ruined by that substitution (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

Anybody who was a kid in the Twin Cities in the 1950s doesn’t need to be told who this guy is!

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In the first episode below posted by tasseltoes on YouTube, Axel tries out an unsuccessful duet with Tallulah (more…)

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by Emmett R Smith

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Below is a faceted and sometimes oblique picture montage about Calvin Coolidge by PMadstone, from the YouTube archive and interesting on its own terms.  Coolidge, at times talkative in private, was a much-photographed study in practiced public taciturnity.

‘The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge’

part 1: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSpHTfEAM5M

part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAosDT_CDk0&feature=related

[Emmett R Smith     all text-rights reserved     21 February 2009]

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by Bodwyn Wook

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Here follow the words from the YouTube archive, of presidential historian Richard Norton Smith on America’s 30th President, John Calvin (more…)

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by Emmett R Smith

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Any legal entity other than the individual citizen, when given equal rights or indeed preferred treatment in law, sooner or later must be the enemy of liberty and the well-being of human persons.  The large corporation therefore, itself a legal fiction of government, is necessarily as often as government itself the ultimate oppressor of citizens.  That made clear, there is nothing whatever legitimately to be disputed, in the following 1924 speech from the YouTube archives, by President Calvin Coolidge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puwTrLRhmw

The following version has a perhaps clearer audio portion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2RLKOFO7E4&feature=related

Delightfully of course as Willam Allen White wrote, President Coolidge does quack, and so those who are after things from off of the government that they should not have will now throw (more…)

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