Why 'an undevout astronomer is mad'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2352535" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sir William Herschel[/caption] William Herschel discovered the first planet since ancient antiquity in 1781. He desired to name the planet after King George III, more…

The invention that shook the modern world

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2346275" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Johannes Gutenberg in his print shop[/caption] Mankind began the invention of "writing" around 3300 B.C. Western Civilization wrote on papyrus reeds from the Nile more…

The exciting story behind 'Don't give up the ship!'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2346035" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Defeating the British in Lake Erie[/caption] Among the U.S. Navy and Marine heroes confronting Tripoli's Muslim Barbary pirates was Captain James Lawrence. In 1804, more…

The general who wanted nothing more than peace

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4606571" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Norman Schwarzkopf[/caption] On Aug. 22, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt greeted by telephone the bicentennial celebration of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri: "The history of the more…

Novel concept for interpreting founding documents

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2335145" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James Wilson[/caption] He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to more…

Pressuring pastors against conscience is nothing new

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2334545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Methodist circuit preacher Francis Asbury[/caption] He rode 300,000 miles on horseback, from the Atlantic to the Appalachians, from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. more…

What happens when we lose 'judicial restraint'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2331505" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Judge Learned Hand[/caption] "A conservative among liberals, and a liberal among conservatives," he was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding more…

Bill Clinton: A conservative by today's standards?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2580975" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Bill Clinton[/caption] "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" wrote Sir Walter Scott in his poem "In Marmion" more…

The most important weapon a soldier can possess

by Bill Federer -- After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure more…

The illegitimate birth of Social Justice Warriors

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2324325" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Charles Finney[/caption] Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America's founders, more…