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Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

After a gambler saw his losing streak continue, he then used multiple, modified assault weapons to kill 58 people and wound 546 in Las Vegas on October 1st. The Orange President of the United States of America (OPOTUS) president reacted by saying the issue should not be framed in political terms. I do not . . . → Read More: Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

I came across this passage last night while reading Tim Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. The next paragraph is verbatim (page 68).

“We tried every operational approach in the book, and committed our most experienced field operatives to the effort to get inside the government in Hanoi,” . . . → Read More: Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson

Forty years ago the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Ohio to play the #3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. I was home alone when I sat in my living room in Minnesota to watch the football game. This represented the first time I ever saw the exciting wishbone offense, which Oklahoma ran with QB . . . → Read More: Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson

A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Two weeks ago the Wall Street Journal featured an article in its Life and Arts section called, “What Happened to the Negative Review?” Writer Neil Shah posited that critics these days are less able to interview musical artists; instead, they rely on self-promotion in this digital era. Shah also wrote that critics are more . . . → Read More: A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Nicky Hopkins with Keith Richards at Nellcote while the Stones were recording Exile on Main Street.

Last weekend my wife and I went to Northwestern University to attend the musical, Tommy, by The Who. Undergraduate students performed with a nine piece band, including a french horn. I retrieved my Tommy album upon return to . . . → Read More: Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Trump unveiled his budget in May. As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised to protect entitlement programs, claiming he has a “big heart.” Guess what? Trump’s budget is irresponsible and unethical . . . → Read More: Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

Aeschylus

In the months prior to America’s illegal invasion into Iraq on March 20, 2003, Americans were told by 43 that the war was necessary to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Hussein was a threat to the U.S, and 43 implied that Mr. Hussein was responsible for the September 11, 2001, attack on . . . → Read More: Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

My favorite rock vocalist is Freddie Mercury of Queen. Also in my top five are Randy Blythe of Burn the Priest/Lamb of God, Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth, pre-cape Elvis Presley, and Bon Scott from AC/DC. (James Brown “ranks” #2 if the category expands beyond rock.) Regarding the last front man, I cranked Back in . . . → Read More: AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Remains of Penn State’s Joe Paterno statue post-scandal.

On March 13, 2017, two former administrators from Pedophilia State University pled guilty to child endangerment after years of maintaining their innocence. Tim Curley, the former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a former vice president, apparently thought the plea deal and their testimony at the upcoming . . . → Read More: The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Supreme Court Succession and the Notorious RBG, by Mark Erickson

U.S. President Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch, left, smile as Trump nominates Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

#45 announced his nomination for the Supreme Court earlier this week. From what I’ve heard, . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Succession and the Notorious RBG, by Mark Erickson

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: A Song Which Captures the Trump Era, by Mark Erickson

I’ve been thinking about lyrics to a song or an album that fits the current state of the nation with its new president. Like other politicians, Donald Trump made some bold pledges and promises on the campaign trail. He promised the return of manufacturing jobs to “Make America Great Again.” He wanted to tear . . . → Read More: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: A Song Which Captures the Trump Era, by Mark Erickson

Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson

There have been two surreal moments that stand apart from my average life.

First, while a senior at North Park College (Chicago, IL) I was a passenger in a car with my brother, Paul Johnson, Lowell Berggren (the driver), and his girlfriend, Sharon Greenwood. We were driving to Minneapolis in a snowstorm after . . . → Read More: Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson

President Trump, Please Abandon the Wasteful and Ineffective F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, by Mark Erickson

The Center for Defense Information (CDI) was founded in 1971 by a group of retired military officers to analyze military matters, inform decision-makers and the public, and influence policy. CDI had three primary goals:

1) avert a nuclear war with the Soviet Union; 2) end the Vietnam War; and, 3) monitor the military-industrial . . . → Read More: President Trump, Please Abandon the Wasteful and Ineffective F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, by Mark Erickson

More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University by a fellow student in 1986. Her distraught parents came to believe that Lehigh had not taken sufficient efforts to keep its college campus safe, and lobbied for legislative action. In 1990, Congress passed what is commonly known as “The Clery . . . → Read More: More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

The investment potential of Tesla Motors and their stylish electric sports cars is viewed unfavorably by 89% of fund managers.

Barron’s (Barrons.com) is a weekly newspaper devoted solely to stocks and the financial markets. My Dad passes along old issues to me. The October 17th edition contains a four page article that is based . . . → Read More: Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza)

I twice voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. Now that he has less than six months left in his job as President, and since I have been rightly critical of his predecessor (and Obama’s successor . . . → Read More: Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

The Chicago Tribune has printed a four-part series on a subject I wrote about last year:

http://www.eastportlandblog.com/2015/09/22/the-pope-pig-manure-and-minnesota-water-quality-by-mark-erickson/

Here’s one Tribune article regarding pig polluters:

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/launch.aspx?pbid=3e7227b1-e3b7-4fac-aa07-5f943e58b4c5

As I read the article that landed on my doorstep today I recall the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which exposed the production and sale of . . . → Read More: More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

Garrison Keillor has occasionally referenced the basement of a Lutheran church as well as a dinner entrée called a casserole (aka hotdish) during his successful, long-running radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. I was raised in a denomination, i.e., the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is similar to Lutheran (two sacraments: baptism and communion). . . . → Read More: Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

My Oklahoma Sooner Football Bookshelf, by Mark Erickson

I was born and raised in Minnesota, “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” My parents had a cabin during my formative years that allowed me to seek out frogs, swim, and water ski on the weekends. Both of my parents graduated from the University of Minnesota, and my Dad attended the Golden Gopher football games . . . → Read More: My Oklahoma Sooner Football Bookshelf, by Mark Erickson