Lessons Learned: The Boston Massacre
I was watching Fox & Friends this morning. They had on Nidal Malik Hasan’s lawyer and they were giving him a hard time. While I don’t like lawyers in general, I was somewhat appalled by their questioning. I would think John Adams might be as well.
Making Toast-A Saturday Muse
“If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past Security in human systems we’re told will always always last Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast Without a breath of real freedom we’re getting nowhere fast …History will teach us nothing.” These words were written by Sting for his 1987 album Nothing Like the Sun. The impetus behind this album | Read More »
we saw rthis thuggery in the 1930’s
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It Can’t Happen Here
Average, everyday Americans regularly use the phrase ‘it can’t happen here’ whenever someone suggests our freedom is in peril. The idea of American exceptionalism is proposed as some kind of shield against tyrannical actions by autocrats. We believe we are different and that difference somehow insulates us from thuggish behavior by those in power. We believe we cannot have someone hijack our freedoms and repress | Read More »
Wahh! The Infidel Crusaders Started It!
Soft heads blaming this war (er, I’m sorry “oversees contingency operation”) on the “West’s oppression of Muslims going back to the First Crusade.” A tragic lie blindly repeated as fact and never challenged. The truth of the matter is this war did not start with the First Crusade (1100 AD), it began with a forgotten crusade…actually, a forgotten jihad may be more appropriate. Muslim Moors | Read More »
Obama’s Secret Dinner With Lefty Historians
Is it any surprise that the historians that attended a secret White House dinner with President Obama last month are nearly all well known for a leftist outlook on history? Is Obama programming his “historical” coverage already? Was there a Richard Brookhiser in attendance or a Larry Schweikart? Was there someone like Forrest McDonald at Obama’s secret dinner? Nope. Except for one attendee, the invited | Read More »
Publius Podcast – Let’s NOT Celebrate the Fourth
Here is the podcast version of my Independence Day feature.
Let’s Not Celebrate July 4th
It is well known that John Adams had imagined that July second would be the day that future generations of Americans would remember as their day of independence from England, the nation’s birthday, if you will. It was, after all, on the second that it was proclaimed “(T)hat these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are | Read More »
Brokaw Wonders What Israel Can ‘Learn’ From Buchenwald And ‘Their Treatment of Palestinians’
The folks at Powerline realized the implications of an outrageous news clip featuring NBC’s Tom Brokaw conducting an interview with the president. Apparently, this hard news journalist thought he’d get deep and ask a pertinent question about Israel, the Palestinians, and just what it might be that the Jews can learn from Obama’s visit to Buchenwald and how they should treat Palestinians and stuff about | Read More »
June 4th 1942 – Midway, the Forgotten Victory
(I first published this essay in here two years ago – and republished it last year with a few upgrades. Since I’m now a Contributing Editor, it gets the Front Page (with a few more upgrades) this year. — Skan) When early June rolls around each year, June 6th is accorded a great deal of reverence for the well-known events of the Normandy landings of | Read More »
Another Entertainer Shows Historical Ignorance
Rob Thomas, singer/songwriter and front man for the band Matchbox 20, has successfully proven an old adage: Don’t Keep quiet and let people think you’re a fool. Open your mouth and remove all doubt. He has also shown us all that the American system of education is in pretty sorry shape. But, one thing is sure, Mr. Thomas “feels good” about himself, so he’s got | Read More »
Penn. Paper Didn’t Know Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and JFK Were Assassinated?
This little report is interesting in a few ways, but the most important is that it seems to show that the publishers of at least one American newspaper are wholly ignorant of American history. It seems that early last week the Warren Times Observer of Warren, Pennsylvania published an ad that basically expressed a desire to see President Barack Obama assassinated and they didn’t even | Read More »
“Memorial Weekend Update” “The Ship That Wouldn’t Die” Looks Like It Will
Once again, this diary is recycled from back in February, but this will probably be the last time I have a chance to relay the story of this ship and her crew before it is be lost to the sea as an artifical reef or worst sold as scrap metal. If you have a chance, watch the History Channels reenactment of that ”dogfight” between ship and Kamikaze which | Read More »
Book Review: Homer E. Capehart
I was reminded of my college history professor’s biography of Homer Capehart a couple of weeks ago when I saw the unusual book cover in an Indianapolis local TV news segment. On a lark, I found my copy and decided to reread it. I am glad I did. Who was Homer Capehart? I didn’t know before I bought and read this book some 15 years | Read More »
Lives of the Founders
ISI Books has inaugurated a superb new historical series. Each volume is a slim, elegant, crisply-written study of what we might call the Lesser Founders. These are the men who built America but who, obscured by the towering giants of that age, haven’t been properly given their due. In comparison with Washington or Hamilton, few men measure up. But these Lesser Founders were impressive men | Read More »