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For my column on American and world history, read Bruce’s History Lessons.  For my mostly conservative take on current politics and public policy read Thinking Out Loud.  For historic quotes read Quote of the Week.

Thinking Out Loud: High-End (and High-Dollar) Dog Heaven

Do you need to board your dog while you take a trip or vacation, and have an extra $1,000 to spend?  Then we’ve got the place for you because the business of boarding pets has really gone high-end.  The following are actual services now offered to people needing temporary care...Read More »


Mary Lincoln’s Mostly Tragic Life

It is not easy being First Lady, as Mary Todd Lincoln could attest.  The job — and that’s what it is — demands fortitude and grace because of the living-in-a-fishbowl life and the white-hot spotlight of expectations. Unfortunately, Mary Lincoln possessed, as her most generous critics put it, an “excitable...Read More »


Quote of the Week

“Somebody figured it out — we have 35 million laws trying to enforce 10 Commandments.”  – Earl Wilson 

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Thinking Out Loud: The Media on Trump: What Hath We Wrought?

As I have written often, Donald Trump lacks the temperament, judgment and character necessary to be a good president, as his outrageously inappropriate Tweet about Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe,” illustrates.  He is his own worst enemy.

That said, the mainstream media, overwhelmingly liberal (in one poll 90 percent of...Read More »


Greetings from our Nation’s Capital

This week (July 9) in 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, approving the creation of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.   This lesson focuses not on its history, but on Washington today.

It is a company town, and the federal government is the company.  Nearly everyone in Washington and the surrounding suburbs...Read More »