Monthly Archives: January 2009

Drunk History: Ben Franklin

WARNING: This is funny as heck , BUT, Adult Language and other stuff… DO NOT PLAY IF THE CHILDREN ARE AROUND!!! You’ve been warned.

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“The Perils of Punditry”

Brooks Simpson over at Civil Warriors has a great post. Simpson wrote: One of my evolving credos is “Good information helps lead to good decisions.” Let’s put it this way: “historians” who can’t get their facts straight have no business … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts

Post-Inauguration speech reflection. My U.S. Government class enjoyed, for the most part, the Inauguration. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the entire class (95 minutes) on the ceremony, but it worked out well. They didn’t get to see all … Continue reading


President Obama

My students and I are watching the presidential inauguration this morning (it’s 10 am here in Colorado) , very exciting and we have had some excellent discussions!

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In Honor of the Occasion

I have been thinking for several days about what to do in honor of the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. Then it occurred to me that with a lot of people harking back to the heady days of Abraham Lincoln, that I … Continue reading


What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration

I know, historic event. Lots of people. Requires lots of other things.  The tax payer’s bill is $49 million if I am reading this right. “Obama’s Inauguration Has Been Financed Partially by Bailed-Out Wall Street Executives…” Oh well! Atleast the … Continue reading

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“So Help Me God”

As I have already noted historians have questioned whether Washington actually added the words “So Help Me God” to the Presidential Oath. Here are the arguments: Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution states an oath: “I do solemnly swear … Continue reading

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Good Riddance

From your failed policies to your economic incompetence. I voted for you, supported you, and now am glad to be rid of you. Unfortunately, it is only going to get worse. Spend, print money, spend, and print more. Insanity. Our … Continue reading

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Boston 1775

I want to mention a couple of excellent posts over at J.L. Bell’s “Boston 1775″ blog, which is, frankly, the best if not one of the best history blogs content wise. Bell’s relentless  and thoughtful posts are second to none. … Continue reading

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‘Historiographical Discourse’

Another book I almost forgot, Arthur Marwick’s The Nature of History. In his chapter “Controversy and History” he writes: There is a form of historiographical discourse (particularly prevalent in the United States) where the historical writing on any issue is … Continue reading

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