Southern Dragon Memorial – One Year

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 6:24 pm

To start at the beginning, I don’t actually remember when I first “met” Southern Dragon. It was here at FDL, of course, but long, long ago. He must have been an early lake denizen, as was I, though I was not here at the very very beginning, but had been here awhile by the time of the Libby trial.


RIP Daniel Inouye

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:14 pm

Senator Daniel Inouye, Hawaii’s senior Senator and an American war hero, died today at the age of 88. He suffered complications from a respiratory problem and was in the hospital for the past few days.

Inouye was the President pro tempore of the Senate – fourth in line for the Presidency.

In Memoriam, Ray Bradbury

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 2:45 pm

I don’t remember my reactions to the stories themselves so much as what came after — a lifelong love of both Bradbury’s work and science fiction in general. I read everything by him I could find, from his horror and sf through to his more conventional works about life in Ireland. As a boy, I loved his paeans to boyhood and the joy of fresh new sneakers in Dandelion Wine. I read The Martian Chronicles over and over, breaking the spines of multiple copies.

Remembering the Fire: Centennial of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Tragedy This Friday

By: Monday March 21, 2011 7:12 pm

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. A documentary on HBO tonight will remember the event, where 146 garment workers died in a fire at their factory. The managers of the factory had locked the doors to the exits, a typical tactic to force long workdays in a time before laws outlawing the practice. The Triangle Fire led directly to worker safety laws and the growth of the ILGWU garment worker’s union.

David Broder, Long Time Washington Post Columnist, Dies

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 11:44 am

David Broder, a longtime writer and columnist for the Washington Post, passed away today due to complications from diabetes.

Look Inward, Angels: Thoughts on the President’s Tucson Address

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 7:30 am

I think it’s a worthwhile exercise, instead of pointing fingers, to look inward, to ask ourselves what we could do better with the limited time we have on Earth, how we can do our part to build a better America. This call to service is a feature of Obama’s rhetoric.

Byrd’s Passing Probably Won’t Trigger Special Election in 2010

By: Monday June 28, 2010 7:04 am

At 92, Robert Byrd lived a full life, over half of it in the United States Congress. He was an institution in West Virginia and probably did more to keep that state alive as any man in America. His checkered history aside (acknowledged and regretted by him but continually brought up by conservatives losing an argument), he was a massive presence in the Senate, someone who treated the office with dignity. RIP.

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