Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

Perspective

  As I watched the Confederate statues come down I had the following thoughts. It is difficult for us to appreciate the perspective of our forefathers. With our modern sensitivities we are often prone to denounce them for behavior that their contemporaries may have considered normal or perhaps even worthy of praise. It is also […]

What to Do?

  First, let me say that I like George W. Bush.  I did not agree with all his policies or decisions, but I believe him to be an honest and honorable man. The Iraq incursion was the defining moment of Bush’s administration.  Most Americans supported that action at the time, including leaders of both political […]

You Can’t Go Home Again

Last year, accompanied by my sons Eric and Stuart, I visited my boyhood home in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, a small village to the south of Greensboro.  My family moved from that place in 1938, and I had never been back.  As we stopped on the street across from my old family home we engaged […]

Feeling Big?

  Are you feeling big and self-important?  Perhaps it is time for you to consider your position in the grand scheme of things. The image above is a star size comparison chart.  The sun, in the lower left, is almost invisible, and Antares is far from being the largest star yet discovered.  That distinction currently […]

Facts About Crime and Policing

As the liberal pundits dominate the media it becomes ever more difficult to disseminate balanced and accurate information. Ideology driven reporters close their minds to facts that are not in accordance with their worldviews, and information that contravenes the prevailing narrative is sometimes suppressed. Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute has studied policing in America […]

Five Simple Truths

  The following are five simple truths.  Please reflect on them. Neither you nor I are perfect. We descend from imperfect people. Those who preceded us operated under a different set of rules and ideas concerning religion, racial relationships, social classes, and sex. We can honor a historical personage for his or her contributions to […]

Suburban Utopia

One of the chief distinctions between Democrat and Republican lawmakers is their different attitudes about the proper role of the central government.  Most Democrats seem to believe that all wisdom emanates from Washington and tend to distrust state and local governments. On the other side, many Republicans believe that necessary governmental functions are often best […]

Demons in Blue

A few sobering statistics for Black Lives Matter supporters. Researchers at the Michigan State University and the University of Maryland created a database of 917 officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015.  They recently released the results of their study. All the following statistics were based on that one year study. 55% of the victims of police […]

Orwellian Doubletalk

II owe the following thoughts to Steven Hayward, a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkely,  Hayward contributes his observations to various conservative publications. Hayward quoted a recent ABC newscast that reported “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful […]