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The Concepts Of Property, Inheritance, Money, and Interest

While working on a much longer entry about wealth and income inequality, I came upon a question that I couldn’t answer: how did it begin?

When Trump Voters Deny The Racism

Killeen, Texas: a local business flies the Trump-Pence flag just underneath the U.S. flag, including the slogan “Make American Great Again” (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Several times in the past few week, I’ve watched as conservatives denied the inherent racism in Donald Trump’s campaign. Here are two examples, copied and pasted from[…]

Remarkably Different; Nearly Identical

I can’t select just one “favorite” photo of my Dad, but this one among them. (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) The thought floating in my brain this Father’s Day (my sixth as a father) is how different my fatherhood is from my Dad’s fatherhood. While my Dad’s primary role during my childhood was[…]

April 2016: Warmest On Record

Click here to see it full size Do these posts sound repetitive yet? Repetitive enough that you just skim past them? That’s fine. I’m not writing for you; I’m posting for that hypothetical one person who might still be on the fence about all this, who wonders about it. Most people won’t change their opinions[…]

Rethinking My Journal (2015)

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2015.09.01

I’ve mentioned my journals often here, but never their complete story. If only for me, I wanted to set this down from memory.

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[…]

Revising And Unrevising History (1861-5)

Categories: History
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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[…]

Book Review: The American Presidents (Whitney, 2012)

Full Title: The American Presidents: Biographies of the Chief Executives, from George Washington through Barack Obama Author: David C. Whitney (revised and updated by Robin Vaughn Whitney) Year: 1967, various updates through 2009 Publisher: several (mine was Reader’s Digest Association) ISBN 978-1-60652-462-6 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books I found this book[…]

Book Review: Lost To The West (Brownworth, 2009)

Categories: Book Reviews
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Published on: 2014.02.23

Full Title: Lost To The West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization Author: Lars Brownworth Year: 2009 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-40795-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Lars Brownworth

Book Review: Charlemagne (Derek Wilson, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, History
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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: Lone Star (1968, 2000)

Categories: Book Reviews, History
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Published on: 2013.07.09

Title: Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans (Updated Edition) Subtitle: From Prehistory to the Present, the People, Politics, and Events That Have Shaped Texas Author: T.R. Fehrenbach Year: 1968, 2000 Publisher: Da Capo Press ISBN 0-306-80942-7 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Texas History on Wikipedia On the heels[…]

‘Wrong Side of History’ A Pointless Point

Categories: InTheNews, Politics, PopCulture
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Published on: 2013.06.02

I think I first became aware of the phrase “wrong side of history” when I heard Rachel Maddow use it, saying to a guest: “Are you aware you’re on the wrong side of history?” I mean that exact phrase. Of course, I’ve been aware since childhood that Churchill said “History is written by the victors”,[…]

Book Review: The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston (1929)

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Published on: 2013.05.21

Title: The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston Author: Marquis James Year: 1929 Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin ISBN 0-292-77040-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Sam Houston on Wikipedia This book was awarded the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for “Biography or Autobiography” (James is one of the very few people who’ve[…]

Book Review: America, Empire of Liberty (David Reynolds)

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Published on: 2013.03.08

Full Title: America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States Year: 2009 Publisher: Basic Books ISBN 978-0-465-01500-9 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books David Reynolds (see his Wikipedia entry) is a British history professor who’s written several history books, usually focusing on the Cold War era, or World War[…]

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