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Category: Diversions

Be there: Living through Israel’s Six Day War

Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, during the Six Day War of 1967, is a seminal moment in modern history. It is also soaked with controversy. As the 50th anniversary approaches in June, it is fascinating to note the interviews, books and documentaries that have chronicled this extraordinary moment in history. The setting: encircled by hostile armies, […] …

Once upon a time, presidents knew what kept America great

James Monroe was born April 28, 1758. Scottish Rev. William Douglas, an early tutor of Thomas Jefferson, taught in the home of James’ father, Col. Spence Monroe. James then attended Campbellton Academy, run by Scottish Rev. Archibald Campbell of Washington Parish, with a fellow-classmate being John Marshall, the future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. […] …

‘Simpsons’ mocks Trump’s 100 days: Dead ‘Spicer,’ naked ‘Melania’

Fox’s popular animated comedy show “The Simpsons” has released a dark and biting spoof of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House – and the cartoon features a press secretary who commits suicide, a naked portrait of the first lady, infighting among Trump’s top advisers, an unlikely U.S. Supreme Court justice and a […] …

Why our nation isn’t what Jefferson envisioned

Ten years before William Shakespeare died, the colony of Virginia was named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth. Virginia’s first charter stated, April 10, 1606: “Greatly commending … their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in […] …

Sensitivity training for all at Fox News after O’Reilly ouster

In the wake of former TV megastar Bill O’Reilly’s ouster following multiple sexual harassment accusations, Fox News Channel sent out a memo Tuesday ordering everyone – employees, contributors and even freelancers – to attend mandatory sensitivity training “to ensure that we maintain a professional workplace.” The new sensitivity-training requirement was announced in a memo sent by Fox’s […] …

A book publisher’s beacon shining in the dark

In my previous life as a book publisher editor, it was my privilege to work with important authors like Henry Morris (the “father” of the modern creationism movement) and Berit Kjos (a leading researcher into cults). In the past two decades, Christian book publishing has descended into an ideological abyss. A willingness by that community’s […] …