Category Archives: History

Altering History

The National Archives has announced that an amateur Civil War historian has admitted to changing the date on a pardon issued by Abraham Lincoln: Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that Thomas Lowry, a long-time … Continue reading

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Irony Alert?

Words of supposed wisdom from Gary Hart: Gradually, over time, political rhetoric used by politicians and the media has become more inflamatory. The degree to which violent words and phrases are considered commonplace is striking. Candidates are “targeted”. An opponent … Continue reading

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Overlord

Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force. You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving … Continue reading

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For Your Own Good…

…We’ll poison you. To sell the stolen industrial alcohol, the liquor syndicates employed chemists to “renature” the products, returning them to a drinkable state. The bootleggers paid their chemists a lot more than the government did, and they excelled at … Continue reading

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Really, Really Important History

One of the most important inventions in all of human history turns 75 tomorrow. All hail canned beer! Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th birthday. New Jersey’s Gottfried … Continue reading

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Madison Envy

You get the feeling sometimes that many on the left side of the American political spectrum feel they have gotten a raw deal when it comes to the divvying up of the important Founding Fathers. Sure, the left got Thomas … Continue reading

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Chosen Ground

Nolan Finley, writing at The Detroit News: They may be mad at corporate CEOs and Wall Street fat cats, but that doesn’t mean they’re enamored of politicians. They still see the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as a … Continue reading

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Not Everyone Went To Yasgur’s Farm

Bruce Kesler, writing at Maggie’s Farm: I’ve nothing against the Woodstock get-together nor its good music. For those there who enjoyed the rain and mud, and those who addled their brains with drugs – most temporarily and some permanently, you’re … Continue reading

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Codex Sinaiticus

A very, very old book receives a new life on the web. The Codex Sinaiticus is now available on line. The very, very early version of the Bible dates back some 1600 years. The codex is not complete, at least … Continue reading

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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and … Continue reading

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Terminal Tribute

The very last parade given by the British survivors of the D-Day landings in Normandy in honor of those who did not return is over. The veterans, all very old now, will not organize another parade. They stood proudly, remembering … Continue reading

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Back To The Sky

XH558 is back in business. The last operational Avro Vulcan bomber has been certified airworthy and is flying at a British air show this weekend. The world’s last flying Vulcan will take to the skies today for its first public … Continue reading

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“…A Flame Bright Beyond Common Understanding.”

The words of historian SLA Marshall from a 1960 article in The Atlantic. His subject is Lieutenant Walter Taylor and the breakout from Omaha Beach: Taylor is a luminous figure in the story of D Day, one of the forty-seven … Continue reading

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Obama The Polistician

Victor Davis Hanson on Obama’s tired, old idea of equality of results versus equality of opportunity: In a word, it is adherence to the idea of equality of result rather than an equality of opportunity, the age-old debate that goes … Continue reading

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Hype Versus Reality

Death toll so far in the US from H1N1 “swine” flu: Zero. Death toll since January 1st of this year from plain, old, regular, non-swinish flu: more than 13,000. Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from … Continue reading

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