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Stop Saying Robert E. Lee Was ‘Against Slavery’

Colonel Robert E. Lee This man both owned slaves and ordered them beaten. Additionally, he led armies of hundreds of thousands of men with the sole purpose of defending the institution of slavery. I use “colonel”, because that’s the highest rank he attained in the U.S. Army. Every single time Robert E. Lee is mentioned[…]

Changing The Narrative

My wife’s eyes were damp when she came home from our daughter’s dance class yesterday. She quickly told me why. *** “I was sitting there, and other moms were in a group talking about the Nazi rally and the Confederate statues. One woman said something about how she didn’t understand why people wanted to remove[…]

Where Do Our Rights Come From?

The title of this entry is something I’ve been thinking about for a while — in brief spurts — but haven’t had a chance to sit down and really mull it over. What spurred me to finally deal with it was a post on Facebook, in which the American Humanist Association said “Nope” in response[…]

Why Can’t We Celebrate Achievements Without Hero Worship?

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Published on: 2017.02.05

Charles Lindbergh, May 31, 1927 Yesterday (Feb. 4), I noticed that it was Charles Lindbergh‘s birthday. I noticed it because of an editorial explaining why we don’t celebrate his birthday — because he was decidedly racist and sympathetic toward Nazism, not to mention a believer in eugenics. My immediate reaction was two-fold. First, his birthday’s[…]

Is Obama Planning Another Pearl Harbor?

In light of recent shocking revelations that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS” (source: Trump) and that “successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States… all started when Clinton and Obama got into office” (source: Giuliani*), there are more “facts” to recognize. Hawaii was admitted to the union in ’59. Barack Obama was[…]

Time Is Why We Haven’t Seen ETs

Central region of the Milky Way Galaxy Courtesy of NASA Some rights reserved A few weeks ago, someone told me they don’t believe there are “aliens”, by which they meant sentient extraterrestrial life*, because “if they did exist, we would have met them by now.” Time, of course, is the answer to this. The statement[…]

14 Years Later

Fourteen years ago, today, was the horrific and senseless attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Around 2,955 people died in the attacks (including the 19 hijackers and the passengers of the four planes). As of today, 6,855 U.S. soldiers have died in the two wars that directly resulted from 9/11.[…]

Imaginationland Versus Real Life, Regarding Marriage Equality

Seminole County, Okla. (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) I’m tempted to believe that “news” sites like The Blaze are written by liberal trolls trying to make conservatives look bad. People can’t actually believe this stuff, can they? An example is this piece from a few days ago: “Gay Marriage Still Doesn’t Exist, No[…]

Book Review: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers (Holmes, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, History, Religion
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Published on: 2015.03.07

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers Author: David L. Holmes Year: 2006 Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-530092-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Author David L. Holmes examines what is known about the religious beliefs of some of the[…]

Book Review: Undaunted Courage (1996)

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Year: 1996 (mine was 2005 trade paperback) Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-0-684-81107-9 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

Revising And Unrevising History (1861-5)

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Published on: 2014.11.18

When I was in grade school, it was called the Civil War, and it was about slavery. Keep it simple for the little kids who aren’t paying attention anyway, right? When I was in high school, it was still the Civil War, but now the causes were more complicated: states rights, the economy, different ways[…]

Book Review: Edward VIII (Donaldson, 1974)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Edward VIII: A Biography of the Duke of Windsor Author: Frances Donaldson Year: 1974 Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company ISBN 0-397-00765-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Frances Donaldson ◊ Summary Edward VIII is an award-winning biography[…]

Book Review: Richard Nixon (Brodie, 1981)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Richard Nixon: The Shaping Of His Character Author: Fawn McKay Brodie Year: 1981 Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company ISBN 0-393-01467-3 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Fawn M. Brodie ◊ Summary One thing that strikes me[…]

‘Columbusing’: A Word Meant To Insult

From the not-always-thoroughly-researched source that is NPR’s “Code-Switch” blog, I learned a new word today: Columbusing. The headline defines it as: “The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New”. If they’d left it there, I would have shrugged and went on; it seems accurate enough. Christopher Columbus is most famous for “discovering” a continent[…]

Poll: Obama Is Worst Since WW2

Categories: History, InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2014.07.03

ABC News has reported on a Quinnipiac University poll (see more here) which says President Barack Obama is the “worst” U.S. president since the second World War. (Note: I generally don’t use Roman Numerals for things, even Super Bowls or World Wars, since I’m not Roman and don’t speak or write or read Latin very[…]

The Opposite Of Science

Categories: History, Quotations, Science
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Published on: 2014.05.08

“In retrospect we can see that any system like Ptolemy‘s had to be wrong. He and others of his time were trying to squeeze the facts into a false theory in order to fit a belief. They were starting with a rigid conviction and attempting to make the universe suit their dogma. Ptolemy himself wrote,[…]

Book Review: Charlemagne (Derek Wilson, 2006)

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Published on: 2013.09.26

Title: Charlemagne Author: Derek Wilson Year: 2006 Publisher: Doubleday ISBN 0-385-51670-3 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article on Charlemagne Indirectly, it was because of the board game Trivial Pursuit that I checked out this book from the local library. Remember my post about the incorrect answer? That got me to[…]

Correcting Trivial Pursuit: It’s Bavaria, Silly

Categories: History, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2013.07.21

As far back as I can remember, members of my family have been correcting Trivial Pursuit (and other trivia games’) answers. Other families probably do this too. Occasionally, there would be an answer that just didn’t sound right, or one that a member of our family simply knew to be untrue. In the old days,[…]

Book Review: Killeen, Tale of Two Cities (1984)

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Published on: 2013.07.18

Killeen native Gra’Delle Duncan put together “Killeen: Tale of Two Cities” in the early 1980s as part of Killeen’s centennial celebration, in conjunction with the Killeen Daily Herald’s 100-year special edition. The book does a decent job of chronicling the town’s two separate identities, first as a farming and ranching trade center from 1882 through[…]

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