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Civil War

The Gettysburg Address 150 Years Later

November 19, 2013

On November 19, 1863, the battlefield around the apocalyptic battle of Gettysburg fought over four months earlier was finally sanitary enough to have a dedication ceremony for a soldier’s cemetery.  It took roughly three minutes for President Lincoln to give the most famous speech in all of American history: Fourscore and seven years ago our [...]

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Movie Review — Lincoln

November 18, 2012

Steven Spielberg’s latest historical endeavor, Lincoln, hit theaters nationally this weekend.  Here’s the trailer: This movie was based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book Team of Rivals, and focuses on Lincoln’s attempt to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.  The film doesn’t attempt to cover Lincoln’s whole life, [...]

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Movie Review — Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

June 30, 2012

This week I got the chance to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I do have a distinct fan-boy side now and then and can be a pop culture whore from time to time too.  Given that, I kind of had to see this movie.  Here’s the trailer: So.  How was it?  Well, as a history teacher [...]

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On the Verge of Victory, Republicans Channel Their Whig Roots

October 13, 2010

The Hill had a poll today which suggested that more than half of Americans are ready for a viable third party, but aren’t quite sure that the most obvious potential is their cup of “tea” (ha!). What’s disturbing about this poll (let’s entertain it for the time being) is that 55% of Republicans want the [...]

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Obama is Lincoln and FDR, and He Isn’t Even President Yet

November 8, 2008

It’s only been four days since we elected Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States, and already the Associated Press is already in full-blown exaggeration mode.  According to an “analysis” by Deb Riechmann (interesting name considering where this post is going), the crisis Obama will face when he takes office is [...]

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Memorial Day

May 26, 2008

To most, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer season — pools, barbecue, the beach, movie marathons.  Lately, to more and more Americans its more solemn roots are revived.  It was a day first commemorated as “Decoration Day” to put flags and other items at the graves of friends or relatives who died [...]

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Iraq Death Toll Hits 4000 Americans

March 24, 2008

It’s still a tough fight in Iraq as the MSM’s obsession with death counts is renewed today as the total American death toll in Iraq hits roughly 4000 soldiers (including non-combat dead).  While every death has meaning and is tied to a family’s sorrow, historically compared to other wars this number is quite low, reflecting only a tough [...]

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