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Obama's Vacation: Not a Problem

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The right-wing media has its undergarments all knotted up because President Obama had the nerve to take a vacation. How dare he go to Martha’s Vineyard when there are troubles at home, such as in Ferguson, Missouri, and abroad, in Iraq and Gaza and Eastern Ukraine! And, if it was not bad enough to be away from the White House, he is vacationing, as he has done the last several years, at Martha’s Vineyard, summertime haunt of Harvard professors and East Coast media types. And, still worse, he golfs.

Why We Love Churchill

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It turns out that next month I shall be in Bavaria with a few days to meander around, and the thought occurred that I should visit the battlefield at Blenheim. Up until the advent of air power in the 20th century, battles were often determined by geography, and visiting them always provides greater insight to what transpired. I have never mastered German, and have asked a friend to research whether or not there is much to see. But, this train of thought led me to pull Churchill's "Life of Marlborough" from the shelves of my library.

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