Articles by: Carl Cannon

Dawning of a Plague

on January 14, 2021, 7:53 AM / in History

Hello, it’s Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. President Trump got himself impeached again, and in record time: one week between the commission of offense, indictment, and a vote in the House of Representatives. Wednesday was notable in another way, too: For the second time this month, U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 4,000 in a single day. Despite the presence of a […]

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an Explorer’s Quest

an Explorer’s Quest

on December 14, 2020, 8:54 AM / in History

Hello, it’s Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Sometime today, according to John Hopkins University (the source I’ve been using during the coronavirus pandemic), the United States will pass a grim milestone: 300,000 Americans will have died from COVID-19 or associated complications from the disease. Globally, the total exceeds 1.6 million. No country has been spared: from China, where it started, to tiny […]

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12-7-41

on December 7, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s December 7, 2020. Whatever is happening today in our nation’s fractious capital, or in violent hotspots around the world, today’s date is a reminder that this country has experienced truly dark and frightening days and that we saw our way through even if it took a long time. For Americans living on this date 77 years ago […]

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Moses and George

on December 2, 2020, 8:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. On this date 257 years ago the Touro Synagogue was dedicated in Newport, R.I. Touro is the second-oldest Jewish congregation in North America — Shearith Israel in New York City was the first — and its leaders would engage George Washington (and, later, Thomas Jefferson) in a dialogue that helped forge a new nation’s commitment […]

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Marie Yovanovitch

Marie Yovanovitch

on November 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Friday, Nov. 15, 2020. On Capitol Hill, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, was set to testify in the House impeachment hearings. In this space, however, Fridays are reserved for a historical quote meant to be inspiring or thought-provoking. Today’s comes from Georgia O’Keeffe, one of this country’s foremost 20th century painters, born on this […]

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JFK and TV

JFK and TV

on November 14, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning. It’s November 14, 2020. Sixty one years ago today, TV Guide published an essay written by an ambitious young U.S. senator from Massachusetts. The provocative piece would prove to be a predictive roadmap for future American political campaigns. John F. Kennedy was a war hero who’d risen quickly through Boston politics and arrived on the national stage in […]

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BORIS JOHNSON IS A SNAKE?

on November 12, 2020, 8:30 AM / in Opinion

If I heard this right, Britain’s Boris Johnson has just announced he has no plans to remove the Brits from the European Union. I thought he was elected as a Champion for Brexit! Further, he seems committed to the whole Climate Change hoax, which identifies him as a Globalist. You may recall I referred to Bible prophecy about two years […]

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‘Oops’ Irony

on November 9, 2020, 8:26 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Authentic, a 3-year-old colt foaled in May 2017, is now the top race horse in the world, having won the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. In other news, Joseph R. Biden Jr., who will turn 78 this month, is in line to become the 46th president of the United States. Even before President […]

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‘Socialism’ Sticks; GOP Identity, Quote of the Week

on November 6, 2020, 8:28 AM / in History, Opinion

Good morning, it’s Nov. 6 — Day 4 of the maddeningly slow voting-counting process in the 2020 elections. Today is also a Friday, the day of the week when I pass along a quotation intended to be inspiring or informative. Today’s comes from Abraham Lincoln, who won the presidency on this date in 1860. Who better to quote at a […]

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The News and Comments from Real Clear Politics November 2, 2020

on November 2, 2020, 9:14 AM / in National News, Opinion

Donald Trump, the People’s Counterrevolutionary Victor Davis Hanson, Am Greatness   Biden’s Effort to Make 2020 a Moral Referendum Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker   Yes, There Is a Hidden Trump Vote Byron York, Washington Examiner   Biden Will Win. Republicans Should Understand Why. Bill Scher, RealClearPolitics   Trump’s Going to Win Again, Just Like 2016 Keith Koffler, NBC News   […]

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A Plea for Unity

on November 2, 2020, 7:32 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Today is the birthday of two previous U.S. presidents: James K. Polk (1795) and Warren G. Harding (1865). As is true for every date this week, it has also been a fairly frequent presidential Election Day. Franklin Pierce won on this date in 1852; the brilliant but ill-fated James A. Garfield was elected […]

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Pigskin Policy

on October 12, 2020, 9:05 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s a rainy Monday in the nation’s capital. A federal holiday, too, although I’m not sure what to call it anymore. On Capitol Hill, some federal employees will be on the clock, however, including those on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As I write these words, that dependably partisan panel is opening hearings into the contentious Supreme Court nomination […]

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Marshall Law

on October 2, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Good morning, it’s  Oct. 2, 2020. Last year, the Washington Nationals (or the Washington “Internationals,” as Tom Boswell dubbed them) pulled off a win so thrilling that baseball fans in this area will be talking about it for years. On paper, the Nats are better than the Milwaukee Brewers, especially when the visiting team was without its best player. But […]

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Breaking Bread

on October 1, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, Religion

Good morning, it’s Oct. 1, 2020. On this date in 2015, distinguished New York-based classical music conductor Michael Barrett posted a classic Christian hymn as his “song of the day.” The singer was Jessye Norman, who passed away in 2019 at age 74. The song, “Let Us Break Bread Together,” is much older. An African American spiritual first put on […]

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IS THIS WHY TRUMP FINALLY DESIGNATED ANTIFA AS TERRORISTS?

on September 27, 2020, 6:50 AM / in Opinion

I’m sure that many of you shared my frustration that President Trump had not yet designated Antifa as a domestic terror group.  Well Trump finally did that yesterday, and I think I know why. It has been widely reported that the DOJ has been looking at charging certain elected officials in Portland, OR with crimes for refusing to take the […]

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Carter’s Eye on the Sky

on September 19, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s September 18, 2020. Forty-seven years ago today, the governor of a mid-sized Southern state filed a two-page, hand-written report with an Oklahoma City-based organization called the International UFO Bureau. In that brief memo, the governor claimed that he had personally seen an unidentified flying object. At the time, the UFO spotter was an obscure Democrat with large […]

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Uncommon Valor

Uncommon Valor

on September 14, 2020, 7:45 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. On this date in 1901, President William McKinley died after being shot by an unhinged gunman. It was the third time in 36 years, beginning with Abraham Lincoln’s murder, that a popular U.S. president had been assassinated. Both McKinley and James A. Garfield had survived presumably more dangerous duty in the service of […]

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The James Gang

on September 5, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning. It’s September 5, 2020. On this date in 1847, the Rev. Robert S. James and his wife, Zerelda, welcomed their second son into the world. The infant’s older brother was named Alexander Franklin. The baby was christened Jesse Woodson. The world would come to know them as Jesse James and Frank James — or, sometimes, just the James […]

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An Explorer’s Demise

An Explorer’s Demise

on August 20, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning. It’s August 20, 2018. On this date in 1804, a U.S. Army sergeant in his early 20’s named Charles Floyd died and was buried on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in present-day Sioux City, Iowa. The first U.S. military man to give his life in service to his country west of the Mississippi, Floyd was laid to […]

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Bill Clinton’s Way With Words

on August 19, 2020, 8:57 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. At 74 (his birthday is today), Bill Clinton is not the “Comeback Kid” anymore. And because he went vegan a decade ago after open heart surgery, a generation of journalists who have come of age since then wouldn’t even get Hunter S. Thompson’s hilarious sendup of Clinton snorting french fries in a Little […]

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