Author Archives: Philip E Jenks

About Philip E Jenks

Philip is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Martha M. Cruz, live in Port Chester, N.Y.

The Chaplain’s Assistants Who Won the Cold War

“To most people, a veteran was a veteran – all were the same, whether one man had survived the deadliest combat or another had pounded a typewriter while in uniform.” – Eugene Sledge, World War II hero featured in the HBO … Continue reading

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Guns and the Yahootude

By Philip E. Jenks January 7, 2018 – Less than a week into his term as Westchester, N.Y., County Executive, George Latimer issued an executive order banning gun shows in government buildings in the county. Almost immediately one of Latimer’s … Continue reading

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Lost in the White House 1996

January 1, 2018. New Year’s Day is a time of reminiscing and I came across this December 2009 essay in my blogs. It tells the story of a happy experience in the White House in 1996. The Divine M and … Continue reading

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Wenching

The debauchery arc of the universe is long, and it bends toward boys. At least in our dreams. Even Jimmy Carter said he lusted in his heart, but the only surprise there is that Fox News never found out with … Continue reading

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Did McNamara Forgive Himself?

It has been fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson figured out a safe way to fire Secretary of Defense Robert Strange McNamara. According to Fredrik Logevall’s recent article in the New York Times, McNamara woke up on November 29, 1967 … Continue reading

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Sanity and Rationality in the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 22, 2017 – Fifty-five years ago today, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all ships approaching Cuban harbors. He used the word “quarantine” advisedly because he was actually ordering a blockade of Cuba, which is an act … Continue reading

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#IKnew

#MeToo. The response of thousands of women to Harvey Weinstein’s serial abuse of females should come as no surprise to us guys. Harvey and his evil ilk are everywhere, and if we have not been him we quietly rolled our … Continue reading

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