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Berry Craig

Berry Craig of Arlington, Ky., is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community College in Paducah and an author of seven books and co-author of two more, all on Kentucky history. His latest book is Kentuckians and Pearl Harbor: Stories from the Day of Infamy, published last fall by South Limestone Books, an imprint of the University Press of Kentucky.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mitch McConnell – sycophant or cynic? Both, and more.

McConnell is more than a grifter, more than a cynic, and more than a Tump sycophant. Worse — he's a destroyer of the Senate and an enabler of a would-be dictator. That is the space McConnell will occupy in history books.
Screen capture of Helmet Guy as part of the insurrection

Russian helmets, MAGA mobs, and Lincoln’s fears

Trump's pal Putin may still dream of helmeted Russian soldiers seizing our Capitol. But the czar wannabe is probably content to let MAGA mobs do his bidding.

QAnon, the Millerites — and delusion, lies, and hate

The Millerites waited for the second coming of Christ. The QAnon faithful await the second coming of Donald Trump – even as he continues to fleece them.
Caricature of Lyin' Ted Cruz

Hey Larry, Moe, and Curly — Put up or shut up

Corporate stooges Cruz, Hawley, and Jordan remind me of an old Kentucky expression: "Put 'em in a barrel, roll it down a hill, and there'd be a liar on top every time it rolled over."
Berry Craig shows off where he got the COVID jab.

Don’t know where to get vaccinated? You’re one click away from...

When I became eligible for my COVID vaccination, I wanted to find a place to get it soon and close. By using the KY web site, I got my shot sooner and closer than I expected. Here's my story.

Mitch just wanted Greene to clam up

This isn't a battle for the soul of the GOP. McConnell and the rest of the party leadership don’t want to lose the loons, they just want them to be quiet.
Turning off Conversion Therapy (derived from a work by Pastelitodepapa [CC0] via Wikimedia Commons)

Will the GOP finally outlaw conversion torture in Kentucky? Will Christendom?

Will the GOP legislature finally outlaw the barbaric and widely-discredited practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation? How about Christians across the state?
Hazel Demery

Honoring Hazel Demery

"If Wendell Ford is the patriarch of the Democratic Party in Kentucky, Hazel Demery is the matriarch."

Dear commenters – Sign your stuff. I do.

I'm glad to have comments on my work, both pro and con. Comes with the territory. But, if you're going to comment, sign your name. Don't hide behind your keyboard.

Biden boots Jackson bust for Chavez likeness

The bust of Andrew Jackson is gone. It's been replaced by a bust of labor leader César Chávez. The symbolism is being matched by actions, too, by a new friend of labor in the White House.
Caricature of Joe Biden by DonkeyHotey

Give Joe a chance

The All-or-Nothing Caucus on the left has two mantras. Its first mantra is: Moderates will sell you out. Its second: Half a loaf is much worse than no loaf at all. We say, let's give Joe a chance.

COVID is real. I know. So stop playing politics with your...

Get it straight – COVID is real. I know, because I've survived it. So stop playing politics with your own health – and with everyone else's health too.