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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: Protesting the National Anthem

In 2016, Column Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the national anthem.  Kneeling instead, Kaepernick explained he was defying this tradition in solidarity with “black people and people of color,” whom he believes are systemically oppressed in America.   Currently Kaepernick is unemployed, which he...Read More »

The “Constitutionality” of Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, the Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate this week was extremely controversial when it was first proposed to Congress by Representative Elias Boudinot in 1789, on the day Congress passed the constitutional amendments that would become our Bill of Rights.  Thankful for the spirit of compromise and cooperation...Read More »

Quote of the Week

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” – Erma Bombec



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Thinking Out Loud: Rape on College Campuses and the Law

Before the last decade, men accused of rape on college campuses went through the typical legal process in which, because they were presumed innocent until found guilty “beyond a shadow of a doubt,” most of them had the charges dropped.  Since very few sex acts are performed in front of...Read More »

Churchill and the Bombing of Coventry

This week (Nov. 14) in 1940, one of the most famous bombing raids in all of World War II occurred when German bombers flew repeated sorties over the British city of Coventry, dropping both explosive and incendiary bombs that reduced the city’s buildings to rubble, including Coventry’s famous Coventry Cathedral. ...Read More »