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Trying to get a quick blog post in before leaving for my funeral this morning. Not my funeral, but one that I am playing and have been blogging  about here.

The CIA and the 1962 Arrest of Nelson Mandela

Did you know that the CIA turned Mandela in to the South African government because the thought he was a communist?

To Err (URRR) or to Err (air)

On today’s Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor quotes Alexander Pope (it’s his birthday): “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” I’ve linked the website above but the link will only be good for today.

I recently learned that the more correct pronunciation of “err” is “urrrr,” not “air.” I think it’s logical that if you learn the word, “error,” then you see the word, “err,” you would pronounce as Keillor did and I as used to.

It was just fun to hear him pronounce the way I used to and to think there is a certain retired English prof I know who would delight in correcting Keillor as he did me.

First, Do Some Harm: How to Smear a Disfavored Candidate on NYT’s Front Page | FAIR

It’s hard not to see some systematic attempts at destroying Sanders candidacy by many on the left. I’m not so married to him as a candidate as I am to his ideas many which don’t go far enough for me.

Political Rifts Over Bill Clinton’s Welfare Law Resurface as Aid Shrinks – The New York Times

I remember when this went down and it bothered me then and it bothers me now.


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