2020 Election Reader

October 10, 2020

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Your Essential Christian Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election Who to vote for? Why should I even vote? What difference will it make? This short book–you can read it in less than an hour if you are not interrupted–will answer some of your questions, and, most important, suggest that the answers are in the Bible, […]

The Kidnapping of Higher Education in Alabama

December 24, 2021

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In the past five to ten years the University of Alabama has abandoned its dedication to the basic elements of higher education in the country: namely, placing excellence and freedom of speech (or academic freedom) as the twin principles that have helped place Alabama among the top 500 universities and colleges in the nation. Programs […]

Cryptocurrency vs. Cryptography

November 7, 2021

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Not too long ago I ran across an article on the Internet entitled “Crypto Explained.” I thought, “well, I should take a look, since I had to learn some cryptography back in 1964-66 while a young officer on a ship, the USS Donner (LSD 20) as we cruised the Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean on various […]

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What Is the Right Model?

November 4, 2021

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This is the third or fourth column this autumn on our basic history. I forget how many we have done over the years just like I forget how many times I entered a classroom or seminar room at UA for over forty years and taught a course. Hundreds? Thousands? Goodness, what a question, probably since […]

Posted in: History, Politics

When the Seeds Were Sown and a Retraction

October 17, 2021

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All farmers, from the first to today, know that you need to sow the seed if you expect to get something. Even today’s mavens of the new mostly urban, Woke culture, subscribers to BLM, and true believers of the 1619 Project know this simple truth. To reap, you have to sow. And, of course, for […]

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The Long Run

September 26, 2021

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The “long run” can be considered both literally and figuratively. It has a big place in our nation, both as a people collectively and for us as individuals. How we integrate the “long run” into our lives has an impact on our world, how it’s organized, how it operates, how it is both good and […]

Posted in: Life in America

Home is where the heart is

September 22, 2021

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I woke up a few mornings ago—always a good sign when one gets up in age—and heard this song by a little girl, “Home is where the heart is.” It was a sweet, soothing song and I wrote it down so as not to forget it as we so often do of dreams. In this […]

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Lousy Imperialists, the U. S., and the World

September 10, 2021

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The post-mortems on the U. S. failure in Afghanistan presided over by President Joe Biden are everywhere—in the newspapers, magazines, television, social media, and probably even places I’ve only read or heard about, like Tik Tok. Let me give it a local spin. When the Cuban-Spanish-American War of 1898 ended (new title for that war […]

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The Ugly Grade of F in Schools and Colleges

September 10, 2021

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Many schools and colleges have done away with the F grade as too demeaning and demoralizing for students. I don’t know what the rules are today since I retired from teaching almost ten years ago, but I do remember that UA got rid of Fs for introductory English courses, and other discipline entry-level courses did […]

Breaking News

September 10, 2021

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If there ever was an overused phrase in today’s media, it is “breaking news.” I’m not a journalist, but my sense is that it is supposed to endow anything coming over the telly or social media with an immediacy that is breathtaking. It is transmitted by the newsgirl, who catches the guys’ attention with a […]

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English Sailors, Peasants, and American Soldiers

September 10, 2021

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I’ve just been reading a book Operation Pedestal, about the British defense of the island of Malta in World War II. It reminded me of the arrival of the first American soldiers in France during the First World War—I read about it; I’m not THAT old!—under the command of General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, […]

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