This week 12/3-12/9 in Kansas City Missouri


We are winding down our 50 state tour.  This week is Missouri, next is Wyoming, then Michigan and Arizona and finally New York.  Missouri smack in the middle of the continental 50 comes and goes in the news.  One writer, MacKinley Kantor, wrote a book on the state's past called "Missouri Bittersweet" that is part…

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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Automobile


We try to bring updates on the nativities as we run across them so our readers can understand their cultural context.  Here's something on F. Scott Fitzgerald from the New Yorker Magazine,  March 2015, on how the automobile changed American society.  Is he right though?  Wasn't "bundling" a Pilgrim tradition?¹  Or how bout going out…

Making the Sun


Scientists hypothesize that the Sun begas as a giant gas dust cloud rotating in spacing.  Over milions of years, as this cloud spun faster and faster, it collapsed into a disc.  Some of the material around the disc formed the planets as smal clumps of material stuck together, much like today's asteroids, but most of…

Kevin McCarthy as GOP House leader


Departing Wisconsin's Ryan on the left and California's McCarthy on the right Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in September.PHOTO: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) as we suspected when Ryan announced his retirement will probably be elected Republicans’ minority leader Wednesday. Mr. Ryan’s unusual decision…