These great men of the sea had God as their pilot

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2269995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ocean currents[/caption] "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" yelled Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, who had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see above the more…

What raised America to its 'present happy state'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1947045" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James Monroe[/caption] Leading the charge at the battle of Trenton, a musket ball struck his shoulder, hitting an artery. He recovered and continued to more…

'Radical' Republican set example of enlightenment

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3230214" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ulysses S. Grant[/caption] Born April 27, 1822, into a Methodist family in Ohio, he was nominated at age 17 for a position at West more…

This is why America has freedom of religion

by Bill Federer -- 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 more…

The man who keeps God in government

by Bill Federer -- U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003. Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is: "Chaplain's Office – Throughout the years, the United States Senate more…

This government building has shocking décor

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3142084" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Library of Congress[/caption] The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with over 118 million items on more than 500 miles more…

How well did Shakespeare know his Bible?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1927525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Shakespeare with his family[/caption] Miguel de Cervantes fought the Muslim Ottoman Turks at the battle of Lepanto in 1571. In 1575, he was more…

Government a 'joke' long before Will Rogers quip

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3209904" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Oklahoma land rush[/caption] Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed more…

According to Mark Twain, what is patriotism?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2682095" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain[/caption] "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning 12-feet-deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Growing up on the more…

Getting expelled from Yale didn't stop this man

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1916025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] David Brainerd[/caption] Born in Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on July more…