Donald R. McClarey

President John J. Pershing

    It has long been thought by most historians that General John J. Pershing made a great mistake by agreeing to the Republican draft for President in 1920.  A national hero after World War I, he was no politician,

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PopeWatch: Missed This One

Apparently a new papal exhortation was issued on April 1: Pope Francis issued an unexpected apostolic exhortation today titled Merdae Cumulus. The exhortation may be the most momentous action coming from the Seat of Peter in recorded history. Beginning with

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PopeWatch: Resignation

    The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will resign on April 1, 2017. At a hastily called news conference, Vatican press spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced that the Pope had decided to resign a year hence.  Asked why, Father

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A Roosevelt Peace?

“The people here hate the French more than they do the British. They much prefer the Americans as troops of occupation. Since the Americans have arrived the German people have learned to like them.” —Karl Felder of Bieder Breisig As

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Practical Joker of the Founding Fathers

      Throughout his life Benjamin Franklin enjoyed practical jokes and literary hoaxes.  Here from 1730 is a report, almost certainly written by him, about a completely illusory witch trial.  Franklin was 26 when he wrote this, only 38

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Lincoln and His Second Term

One hundred and fifty years ago Lincoln was at the high point of his Presidency.  The Civil War was coming to a victorious conclusion.  His popularity would zoom to heights not reached by any President since Washington when on April

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Pope Francis Resigning! Pope Benedict Pope Again!

    In a shock April 1, 2013 announcement the Vatican has stated that Pope Francis is resigning today and Pope Benedict will resume his duties as Pope. Pope Francis is quoted as naming two factors in his decision for resigning: 

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Lincoln Defeated

If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference. Abraham Lincoln     During the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the War Between the States, it is time to take

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