Milicent Cranor

Shadow

The Predator You Think You Know

I have a big question for all the presumably sincere people who vouch for the good character of accused sexual predators like Roy Moore. But before I ask it, let me show you what these people have said:Referring to the stories of Roy Moore’s unwanted grabbing and groping of teenage girls, his lawyer, Phillip Jauregui, Read More

Donald Trump, Taxes

Curious Coincidences in IRS Trump Audit

Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long been a subject of conjecture. To that, we’d like to add a related mystery: Why did the IRS begin auditing Donald Trump in 2002? Why that year in particular? Donald Trump’s finances were always complicated and fertile ground for the IRS, yet, it only began Read More

Monument Avenue, Robert E. Lee, Richmond

An Evening in the Old South

I’m having an attack of nostalgia. I feel a deep pang of loss as I think about the Confederate statues that line Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Are their days numbered? They stand only a few blocks from where my maternal grandparents lived in the 1950s, and where I spent many summers.  I loved staring Read More

Protesters, Durham, Confederate statue

What Really Happened in Durham, NC? A Nasty Thought

On August 14, in Durham NC, something strange happened that does not make sense to me. A protester climbed up on the statue of a Confederate soldier, tied a rope around his neck, gave a signal, and her fellow activists pulled until the statue came crashing down. Then several others converged on the statue, viciously, Read More

Hear no evil

JFK Assassination: Low Quality of Disinformation

The quality of disinformation on the Kennedy assassination has never been very high. Much of it is pseudoscience, slick enough to fool the general public, but nothing that ever holds up under scrutiny.Earlier this week, I saw what I think is a specimen of it in an obituary in the Dallas Morning News of a Read More

Mark Twain

Funny, Wise Quotations on Taxes

Are you in pain from the IRS? Well, you’re in good company. Check out what these characters have to say about paying taxes — Al Capone, Albert Einstein, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, Mae West, and many others.

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