Category Archives: Current Events

An Olympic Defector Piqued My Interest

Last night, as I watched coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, specifically the Short Track Men’s 1500m, I noticed Viktor Ahn racing in a Russian uniform. As an avid Winter Olympic fan, I knew that this particular short track racer had previously competed for South Korea. (If you are interested, check out my guest post on what to expect for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.) It wasn’t more than a few… Read More »

The Loss of a Great Memphis Historian Edward Williams

I’ve never personally met historian Edward Williams, however, I have seen the efforts of his hard work in preserving history in the Memphis area, and I have read excerpts from one of his books: Great American Civil War Trivia. The following are from his alma mater, The University of Memphis and The Commercial Appeal: The University of Memphis’ History Department Facebook page: The Memphis area lost one of its most devoted historians… Read More »

American Liberals Keep Trying to Fix History

I ran across an interesting letter at; it was entitled “American liberals keep trying to fix history, destroy country.” This letter was sent to the Kalamazoo Gazette’s editor. Just as the Europeans keep trying to convince themselves that they are shed of their Holocaust guilt, American liberals keep trying to convince themselves and everyone else, that WWII, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Grenada, Afghanistan, Iraq,, you name it, must be dealt with… Read More »

Copperhead The Movie

You may remember a month or so back I wrote an article about American Civil War Copperheads. If you are not familiar with this term, a Copperhead is “a member of a vocal group of Democrats located in the Northern United States of the Union who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates.” My timing could not have been any more perfect. I was just informed that a new Ron Maxwell movie is… Read More »

You Can’t Blame McDonald’s for This…

Everyone wants to blame McDonald’s and their Super-Sized fries for America’s obesity problem. Luckily for me, I can now eat the 550 calorie Big Mac knowing that my eating habits are not the culprit for my clogged arteries. It has always been thought that heart disease was caused by unhealthy lifestyles, but thanks to science, McDonald’s is in the clear–for now. In a recent scientific study it was found that… Read More »

The Importance of Historical Curiosity

I couldn’t believe it when I saw the following headline on CBS news, After 148 years, Mississippi finally ratifies 13th Amendment, which banned slavery. I mean, it had to be a joke or an error, right? Born and raised in Tennessee, I am familiar with the ways of those in the South that still fly their Confederate flags and deem it necessary to adorn their vehicles with bumper stickers that… Read More »