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August 28, 9:33 a.m.
Happy LBJ’s birthday!
Appropriately enough, the permanent sign on the wall of the Republican Convention reads, “We can do better”—the phrase John Kennedy used against Richard Nixon’s extolling of the Eisenhower years in the 1960 campaign.
Does anyone at the RNC know this? Do they care? Is it some kind of subtle tweak? (I doubt it. This is not the “subtle tweak” party nowadays. It is more the “jackboot in your face” sort of party.)
More from Kevin Baker:
Appreciation — June 26, 2014, 8:00 am
From Johnny Cash to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”
New York Revisited — June 19, 2014, 8:00 am
And how it foretold the 2008 financial crisis
Number of pages in the bills that created Social Security and the Federal Trade Commission, respectively:
A case study was published about a man who has consumed 40,000 pills of ecstasy, a new world record. The man suffers from memory problems, paranoia, hallucinations, and depression, as well as painful muscle rigidity that keeps him from opening his mouth.
A plane carrying skydiving students landed on a busy highway in New Jersey.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”