It was a big help then

This past full moon on Christmas is only the eighth one to occur since the founding of our country. 2015 1977 1958 1920 1901 1863 1844 1806 1776   The first one provided light that enabled Gen. Geo. Washington's...

The Battle of Lepanto

Today is the anniversary of the Naval battle of Lepanto which was the turning point in the struggle between the Islamic conquest of the Christian Europe and the Christian forces of the many separate countries that made up Rennaisance Europe.  This...

Exception to the rule?

           That has to be one of the frustrating things that English speakers have learned to deal with as they navigate the language.  But there exists an example where the "rule" has come against an exception that disturbs the general thinking....

Misunderstanding the Constitution

Princeton Lecture on the Constitution by a Professor of Jurisprudence.  On why the 9th and 10th Amendments were added to the Bill of Rights.

Two Amendments

         In my estimation that there are two amendments that were only necessary because we needed to reinforce in people's minds something that should have been self-evident from one of this country's founding principles.  That principle was the...

Ignoring does not solve

          More than once before there were men of demigogue bent who decieved, bullied and led many to destruction.  Each time a leader of great persuasive ability convinced many that their groups vision was the right and proper way to think.  Many...

July 9

This day seems to have some significance to American history.   1955 - First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic Morrow) under President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1951 - US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of...

A few things from the cycle of history

Throughout history there has been a rise and fall of the prevailing powers in the region.  These have been studied and analyzed to understand what factors contributed to the collapse.   Rome:       1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes - some were...

Some Quotes from a philosopher's journey

In the 19th century the French philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, journeyed to America in an effort to see what made us so different and vital.   Here are a few quotes from his investigations.   "The greatness of America lies not in being more...