Monthly Archives: October 2011

Not Just Another Airport Horror Story

Suspicion, Security, Strip Search, and Common Sense Being manhandled at the airport or customs is no picnic. And when it happens to you, you should think police state. At the…airport they behaved very suspiciously. I explained to the…chief that Tess … Continue reading

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Abel Basti’s Hitler’s Exile

The Latin American writer Abel Basti came out with a provocative book called Hitler’s Exile: Proof of the Escape of the Fuehrer to Argentina. It was a runaway bestseller in South America, but was suppressed in the USA and Russia, … Continue reading

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Abortion, Adoption, the Adoption Tax Credit, and the Architecture of the American Home

How the State Is Out to Tear Down and Restructure the American Family “Every baby needs a lap.” ~Henry Robin Adoption is an old practice. The Romans adopted children and adults—wasn’t Ben Hur adopted? as an adult? Paul the Apostle, … Continue reading

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The Washerwoman’s Prayer and the Power of Influence

The Awakening of a Poet, a Priest, and a Politician “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”~Alfred Lord Tennyson Samuel Dickey Gordon (1859-1936) tells the sentimental, undocumented story of “The Washerwoman’s Prayer.” According to Dickey, she … Continue reading

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Stephen Collins Foster and Philip Paul Bliss: American Composers

Two Men, Two Destinies, and Towanda Have you ever wondered at coincidences? I do. If you ever saw the film 1776—rated G, by the way—you probably know that at the Second Continental Congress, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were two men particularly … Continue reading

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Valerian Ivanovich Albanov and the Land of White Death

Arkhangel’sk, Saint Anna, and the Arctic In a country where ships are named Saint the people have to be religious. A man who carries an icon of Nicholas the Miracle-worker in his pocket must also be religious—or superstitious. But this … Continue reading

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William Jennings Bryan: The Great Commoner

Personal Belief, Bimetallism, and Baltimore William Jennings Bryan was a phenom in American history: a three-time major-party candidate for President (and three-time loser), an attorney, an orator, a journalist, Secretary of State, and prosecuting attorney at the Scopes trial. Like … Continue reading

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