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 is believed to have been on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda […]

Beyond Sainthood

Michaelangelo’s Pieta Two new pieces of art are on display at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., that depict George Floyd as Jesus Christ lying in the arms of the Virgin Mary – a reimagining of Michaelangelo’s famous Pieta. In my May 29 post entitled “Canonization”, I stated that any black man who […]

Go Fund Me

GoFundMe is an American for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents, illnesses, etc.  From 2010 to the beginning of 2020, over $9 billion has been raised on the platform, with contributions from over 120 million donors.  It advertises itself […]

Divided We Fall

On Thanksgiving Day there was a gathering of descendants of  Native American tribes on a hill overlooking the site of the Mayflower landing.  They were there not to give thanks but to mourn the Pilgrim’s arrival and the centuries of white man’s racism and mistreatment. I believe these people are wrong. White people did not […]

Voter Supression

The Democrats often accuse the Republicans of voter suppression.  Senator Schumer makes these charges as he pushes the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to give the Federal government greater control over the electoral process.  The danger of further concentration of power in Washington, D.C. is frightening to me.  Is this act needed to […]

Travesty

Is this America, the land of freedom? Evidently not in the Norfolk Police Department. In the summer of 2020 young Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with murdering two rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Evidence appeared indicating that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense, and a number of fund-raisers developed to cover the costs of his legal […]

Lies

As I review the media’s coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse affair, I am astounded by the volume of lies and misinformation propagated by many news channels. Among their other erroneous statements and insinuations, I found the following: They made to appear that Kyle Rittenhouse nefariously crossed state borders and entered the town of Kenosha with […]

Reports of My Death

According to a widely-repeated legend, one major American newspaper actually printed Mark Twain’s obituary and, when Twain was told about this by a reporter, he quipped: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Like Twain, some over-eager newspapers and civil functionaries have been trying to bury me for years. When I married Ann McGuire […]

Trouble in Kenosha

Kenosha Riot 2020 How many of you have followed the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, now on trial for murdering two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the turbulent summer of 2020? Reactions to the incident and to the trial provide a vivid illustration of the cultural and racial issues that divide America.  Some people consider Rittenhouse […]