Category Archives: Office Hours

Ticket Coolness

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I wonder what the black market price was for these babies. I mean…can you imagine the DC Craig’s List action…had it existed in 1868? I am posting these tickets because they just look cool – and I wish I had one. Maybe one day I can add a legit impeachment ticket to my collection.  At any rate, I have been asking on the usual social media platforms how people would have voted in Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial if they had been in the position to do so. And the majority have gone with the historical verdict – acquittal!

If you really stop to think it over, it’s the only way to go. I mean, sure – Andrew Johnson was a real asshat. But he did not break any laws…any real laws that is. That whole tenure of Office Act thing was a sham. Still – I feel the radicals’ pain on this one, I really do.

With compliments,

Keith

Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 8.28.34 AMI think that we can all agree that Andrew Johnson was a first-rate dickhead. He certainly ranked among the most egregious offenders when I recently conducted a “who’s the biggest dickhead in US history” survey.  So when it comes to his impeachment trial, given the chance, we would all probably be inclined to convict. But on what grounds…legally? I mean, last I checked, trying to obstruct congressional legislation and an amendment specifically designed to protect freedmen was the monumentally lame move of a king asshat – but not really illegal. And violating the Tenure of Office Act? Hmmmm….

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Front row seat.

So what do you say? Imagine yourself a senator in 1868 faced with the decision to convict (or not) and thus oust the president (…or not). What do you do? Remember…AJ’s lawyer has promised that he would make nice for the rest of his term and radical Benjamin Wade from Ohio is next in line for the job.

With compliments,

Keith

PS – I had a group of about 60 students do this exercise once…bonus points if you can guess what the majority decided.

Rachel Jackson – Insulted to Death?

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 9.11.37 AMI am working on an episode of Office Hours Shorts for this week that  asks the question: was Rachel Jackson insulted to death? If you are not familiar with the story, perhaps you will want to check out the episode. I’ll let you know when it airs. And as a related question just for fun, you might also ponder why Andrew Jackson did not just kill Henry Clay. I mean…it seems like something he would likely have done.

With compliments,

Keith

Office Hours Shorts Episode One: Drum Barracks

DSCN0952I am very pleased to announce the first episode in a series that originated years ago when I answered a couple of questions on video in a crappy bar in Los Feliz. Back then it was just called Office Hours – now I give you…Office Hours Shorts. Think of these shorts as three to four minute versions of a full length docu-video series I am currently working on – to premier this summer.

Today we visit Wilmington California, home of Drum Barracks, the US Army headquarters for operations in Southern California and Arizona during and immediately after the Civil War. As you may know, there was plenty of Rebel sympathy here in the southern half of the Golden State and Lincoln wanted some soldiers nearby just in case things got out of hand. The officers quarters and a powder magazine are the only left still standing from the Civil War days – and I have a good look in Episode One. And speaking of officers…one of my friends on Twitter has noted that this must be the place where all that piano playing and tearful farewell business went down that Generals Armistead and Handcock talked about in those painfully overwrought scenes in Gettysburg. If you’ve seen the film you will know what I mean. Whether it really happened or not is another story. At any rate, please have a look at Office Hours Shorts: Drum Barracks.  I hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and by the way…I am working on getting a new platform from which to publish my videos without the annoying ads. But for now, Youtube it is.

With compliments,
Keith