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Category: Diversions

NFL 1st-round QB pick quit football to make Jesus No. 1

No one quite understood why Titans quarterback Jake Locker walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract in the NFL in 2015. There was speculation about injuries, fear of concussions, not having the stomach for football, money. But leave he did after playing 30 games, passing for 4,967 yards and completing 27 touchdown passes. He vanished from […] …

Shakespeare: Biggest impact on English outside of Bible

Miguel de Cervantes influenced the Spanish language in the same way William Shakespeare influenced the English language. Born in 1547, Miguel de Cervantes fought the Muslim Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, where he was wounded and lost the use of his left hand. Four years after the battle, Cervantes was captured […] …

James Woods v. Hillary: ‘You couldn’t beat …’

WASHINGTON – Maybe Hillary asked for this one. From now on, before she makes a statement, she might try considering how actor James Woods might respond on Twitter. Friday’s editions of the New York Times, contained an article headlined: “They were never going to let me be president.” Yes, Hillary really said that. Perhaps worse, […] …

Indian removal: A shameful chapter in America’s history

Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed by a single vote in 1830. It was signed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson and carried out by Democrat President Martin Van Buren. Though unauthorized by the Tribe, prominent Cherokees John Ridge and Elias […] …

Indian removal: A shameful chapter in America’s history

Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed by a single vote in 1830. It was signed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson and carried out by Democrat President Martin Van Buren. Though unauthorized by the Tribe, prominent Cherokees John Ridge and Elias […] …

Little-known fact about Mark Twain’s birth and death

“Mark Twain,” a river measurement meaning 12 feet deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Growing up on the Mississippi, Clemens left school at age 12 when his father died. He became a printer’s apprentice, then piloted steamboats until the War between the States suspended river traffic. Samuel Langhorne Clemens joined the Confederates, […] …

Chuck Norris highlights ‘gold standard’ of pain treatment

After being declared an official public health emergency in 2017, it is fair to ask where are we today in regards to the opioid crisis that grips this country? I would venture to say not very far. A recent study shows approximately one-third of Americans live with chronic pain, and far too many of these […] …