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July 11, 1985 |
The "Second American Revolution" was killed two weeks ago in an obscure Senate committee vote against President Reagan's nomination of William Bradford Reynolds to be associate attorney general. A lot of history, to be sure, separated that vote from the collection of grievances known as the "Second American Revolution."
January 10, 2013
Re "Holocaust's children," Column One, Jan. 4 Doris Small's story, in which she escaped Nazi Germany before World War II thanks to the rescue mission Kindertransport, is indeed very moving and poignant. But let's not forget that there was an effort by a few Americans to actually try to do the same thing the British government was doing then. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1939 urged her husband to support a bill in Congress to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to America and be temporarily adopted by American parents for the duration of the hostility.
November 22, 1997 |
It's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's a big Boston Tea Party of a PBS event. So give me "Liberty!" or give me nothing! Airing here in three parts, this documentary about the Revolutionary War is that dazzling--a great old story retold smartly and captivatingly with folk melodies, splendid reenactments, historians' lively comments and costumed actors addressing the camera persuasively as both 18th century VIPs and ordinary citizens.
May 6, 2012 |
The most famous speech in American history begins this way: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. " Lincoln's eloquence at Gettysburg was lyrical but not historically accurate. For no such thing as a "new nation" had been proposed in 1776; only a temporary union of sovereign states, declaring their independence from Britain, then presumably going their separate ways.
July 4, 2013 |
Had it not been for America's founding conservatives, we would not be celebrating Independence Day on July 4. In fact, it's unlikely we would be celebrating our independence at all. Few people today realize how similar the Revolutionary era was to our own: Endless war, financial crashes and mounting public debt, popular outrage against rich bankers and taxation, and such bitter partisan dispute that Congress was frequently deadlocked for months on...
March 14, 2014 |
The world is full of Green Dragon pubs, inns, taverns, grills and restaurants - in part because of American history, in part because of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, in part because the name just sounds cool. And now there's another one. The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum opened Feb. 12 in Carlsbad, about five miles south of Camp Pendleton. It pays homage to this country's revolutionary roots - not a bad angle for a watering hole neighbored by many thousands of Marines. It is housed in a two-story red brick building, keeps about 20 beers on tap and seats about 250 diners and drinkers with dinner entrees priced $15-$50.
May 7, 2013 |
One hundred prisoners held in the American detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are engaged in a hunger strike -- a desperate attempt to get the attention of President Obama, who was elected in 2008 having promised to shut the place down. Not only did Obama fail to close the facility, his administration has neglected to appoint anyone to oversee repatriation of the 86 current prisoners who have been cleared for release. Among the 166 detainees at Guantanamo, some, no doubt, are true enemies of the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2000
Vergie Mae Newby Berger, a retired saleswoman, died Friday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura after a brief illness. She was 88. Berger was born Aug. 16, 1912, in Palmer, Okla. She attended schools in Galey, Stratford and Vanoss in Oklahoma, where she excelled in academics and demonstrated a natural set-shot in basketball. She was an excellent seamstress and needleworker who enjoyed sharing her skills with friends and family members. She married William Woodrow Berger in Ada, Okla.
January 10, 1996 |
The line between myth and history can be extremely fine. Five members of an angry, jeering mob shot dead by a handful of frightened soldiers in 1770--subsequent events transformed what could have been an unfortunate, soon-forgotten clash into the Boston Massacre. Who now cares that the soldiers' first shots were very likely accidental, that the mob threw chunks of ice?