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Civil Musings: Stories, Music, Speeches, Thoughts, Things....

P.J. O'Rourke wrote a nice piece for Time magazine detailing the Baby-Boomers' inability to let go of the sixties.  As evidence, he points to the current deluge of all-things-sixties, commemorating the 50th anniversary of every significant and tragic event occurring in the sixties.  Most recently, the non-stop two week coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.  Occurring in 1963, still the early part of the decade, O'Rourke fears many more years of ad nauseam commemorations to the sixties. 

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The January 2nd, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal had an excellent essay written by British-born Philip Delves Broughton, who decided it was time to become a U.S. citizen after ten years of residence, an American wife, and two American children.  Mr. Broughton offers an enlightened take on both his rationale for - and experience of - becoming a U.S. citizen.

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"Pettiness cannot be allowed to stand in the face of such overwhelming problems; so today we're not being petty. We are trying to be big, because the task we have before us is a big one."  - Rep. Barbara Jordan

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"America, why are your libraries full of tears?"  (Holy crap!)

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Puddles the Clown and Postmodern Jukebox covering "Royals."  Mesmerizing....aurally and visually. Strap on the headphones, crank the volume, and admire the beauty. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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I am in Luxembourg City, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and am once again reminded of what it is to be an American overseas.  Not that being an American overseas is uniquely different from being another national overseas, but I am not another national, I am an American, and thus I am reminded.

At the moment I am choking in a cloud of cigarette smoke.  This is how I am welcomed to Bar Interview on Rue Adringen; a sensation so foreign to most Americans at this point it elicits a physical reaction…a literal wince meant to dodge the offense upon entering the room. 

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Bukowski: The Laughing Heart…one of our favorites. Read by Tom Waits, music by Grizzly Bear, animated by a guy I don’t know but whose name - this being his film - is in the credits.

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