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Just a little Ancient History

            In the dim dark past there was a mega country became really too big to administer and divided itself into two different regions.  Then over a little more than a century the split became permanent due to distance and differences in...

An infamous day

On this day, the clash between a vainglorious but gifted military leader and peoples trying to stem the encroachment of another culture on their ancestral ways occurred.  For sometime the American government had been watching with suspicion the...

"What is past is prologue"

"Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, in yours and my discharge."  This quote from Act 2 scene 1 of Shakespeare's The Tempest explains much as to our present confusion about why certain people and countries are acting and responding in ways...

Against the Odds

    In this year 1776, the fortunes of war had not been kind to the Continental Army and the militias.  They had suffered defeat after defeat, they were under funded, under fed, ill equipt and very ill clothed [many men without shoes].  As the year...

The night the soldiers knew best

It was December 24, 1914 and earlier that month the Pope had appealed to the warring sides to declare a Christmas truce but the governments and generals had declined to act on that request.  So the orders had gone out to continue the hostilities.  Yet...

The 1776 inversion

          In 1776, the colonists proposed that the order of things should undergo an inversion.  Until that time, and it continues in many places today, the concept of governance could be summed up in the Latin phrase, "Rex est Lex".  In other words,...

It worked once so why not again?

          Once before in the history of the United States there were a couple of terrorists that were convicted and executed.  But their cause was admired in certain sectors so there has been a concerted effort to cloud the history and our...

Slightly schizoid attitude

          Since our founding this country has had a slightly schizoid attitude towards its military and its veterans.  This was rooted in the distrust of a "military class" mentality that had been exhibited by the British military and the recognition...

How do you see them

Some see them as one thing while others see them as another. Valiant            or           Vainglorious  Earnest            or           Egoistic             True                   or          Truculant         Exciting            or    ...

The Vote

Let each citizen remember at the moment he’s offering his vote, that he’s executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.  – Samuel Adams (called the Father of the Revolution) ...

A unique look at the Civil war

In 310 seconds, you will see the entire back and forth of the 5 year struggle that was the Civil War.  This war killed more American citizens than any other war we've engaged in.  That is mainly because both sides in the combat were technically...

When two paths crossed

         One was a refugee from Hungary, the other a US Naval officer from South Carolina.   Their meeting was almost an international incident in 1853.           The gentleman from Hungary had fled his homeland because of his participation in...

Due diligence

As we are well into that political silly season and the partisan ads are becoming hard to stomach, how is one to look into things that are not hyperbole and hack jobs?  Well I think I have found a non-partisan website that purports to be a repository...

October 7, 1571

If you think that what is happening in today's world is new and different then you have not paid attention to history.  If you think that the struggle between world views has just this year come to a boiling point then you are not a student of...

History in it's wholeness

        It is to our detriment when we do two things.  The first is to remove the humanness from those who went before us.  That is to say set them up as either demons or demi-gods so that when they act humanly we can then discount other good that...