American History

The Who, Where And How of Ben Franklin’s Legacy Might Surprise You

Posted with permission from The Dan Cirucci Blog — Where is America’s official, national memorial to Benjamin Franklin? Well, it’s not in Boston which is the city of Franklin’s birth. And it’s not in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC — a city dotted with memorials to great leaders and national heroes. No, the Benjamin Franklin […]

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Apparently Bruce WAS Born to Run (from the IRS)

So apparently Tom Hanks interviewed Bruce Springsteen at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City last Friday, Save Jerseyans, and “The Boss” made a startling admission: “First of all, I never met anyone in New Jersey who paid their taxes,” Springsteen reportedly told Hanks. “The entire state wasn’t paying any taxes. So, years went by and […]

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Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service

Al Salazar, 93 of Wall Township, was 20 years old when he served under both General Omar Bradley and Lt. General George Patton in World War II. He landed in Europe 73 years ago last week. Congressman Chris Smith joined Salazar’s family in honoring his service by presenting him the medals he earned, but had […]

Why We Should Be Like the Disciple Peter and Not Judas

The Bible tells the redemptive story of God’s love for humanity, something we feel perhaps most keenly at this time of year. One passage in particular about the betrayal by the disciples Peter and Judas takes us well past today’s Easter traditions — and digs deep into the reason Jesus died on the cross. “This […]

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A Very Worthy Honor For A Great American!

Posted with permission from The Dan Cirucci Blog — Anybody who follows this blog knows that we’ve long been fans of Peggy Noonan. We’ve literally been singing her praises for decades. Her two books on the Reagan era (What I Saw At The Revolution and When Character Was King) have long been favorites of ours. […]

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How To REALLY End Clock-Changing Madness . . .

Posted with permission from The Dan Cirucci Blog — Congress has been playing around with daylight savings time as long as we can remember. So we’re “springing ahead’ tonight and we’re doing it earlier than we did quite a few years ago. That’s why you must turn your clock forward one hour before bedtime tonight. […]

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Trump Halfway to First 100 Days

President Donald Trump this week threw his support behind a House Republican plan aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. While it’s not yet to the liking of everyone in his party, a health care proposal was a key pledge candidate Trump said would be part of his first 100 days in office. “The president is […]

OPINION: Why Reagan Destroyed the Republican Party

Is that a shocking enough headline for you? I know there are conservatives and blue dog Democrats alike reeling in horror right now. Let me make my case and you can call me anything you want after. Ronald Reagan, originally an actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild, slowly morphed from a borderline “B” […]

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Spotswood Rice, The Slave Trump Mentioned, Once Wrote Two Stunning Letters. One To His Kids, One To Their Owner

The slave President Donald Trump mentioned Tuesday once wrote two powerful letters vowing revenge on those who enslaved his children. Spotswood Rice, the slave-turned-Union soldier, escaped plantation life to fight for the Union side in the Civil War. Rice spent twelve years living apart from his wife and seven children, who were owned by the […]

What’s The Meaning Of This Day?

February 20, 2017 Posted with permission from The Dan Cirucci Blog — Quick: Why is today a holiday? What do we observe on this day? Why is the holiday February 20th this year when it was some other date last year? Something to do with George Washington, you say? Or Abraham Lincoln? Or is it […]

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The forgotten patriots who saved America

“Surrender of General Burgoyne” by John Trumbull The Boston Tea Party was when colonists threw 342 chests of British East India tea overboard. The British responded by by passing the Boston Port Bill to blockade the harbor and starve citizens into submission. The Committee of Correspondence sent word to the other colonies, who called a […]

Presidents Day honors no one

Today, Feb. 20, is a federal holiday. The government in Washington dubs it “Washington’s Birthday,” but if you look at your calendar, chances are good that it’s called “Presidents’ Day” or “Presidents Day” – a term that became popular among states in recent years, along with “Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday” in a few states. All […]

Examining President Trump’s Use Of Executive Orders Compared To Previous Presidents

President Donald Trump has issued 12 executive orders in his first three weeks as president, immediately fulfilling a series of campaign promises made throughout the year and a half presidential campaign. Former President Barack Obama had issued 14 executive orders by the end of his third week, two more than Trump. President George W. Bush […]

How We Were Robbed Of Something Priceless

LAMENTING THE RISE OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY February 12, 2017 Posted with permission from The Dan Cirucci Blog — WHAT HAPPENED? February once belonged to Washington and Lincoln and it was wonderful. I remember in elementary school we would cut out silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington and they would be placed on school windows with red […]

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