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El Manco de Lepanto - or how to be a successful writer with only one hand

Ask people what they know about Miguel de Cervantes, and they’ll say he’s the bloke who wrote Don Quijote. Tick. Some will go on to say he and Shakespeare died on the same day, April 23, 1616, thereby depriving the world of two literary giants in one fell swoop. 2,123 more words


REVIEW: Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll

Six Frigates is the story of the creation of the U.S. Navy and it’s a great read. I picked up a copy when I was in Mystic Seaport. 269 more words

The Dirdoe family of Gillingham, Dorset, and their capture by pirates

Thomas Dirdoe who was born in 1588 in Gillingham, Dorset, was the 11th Great Grandfather of SDFHS member, Arnaud Aurejac-Davis, who tells the fascinating story of the capture of Thomas and his son by Barbary pirates. 982 more words


February 16, 1804  — US Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates. 32 more words

Shaving The Yak

Founding Fathers Supported Islam?

Founding Fathers Supported Islam?

by Bill Lockwood

President Obama has jumped the gun. He had hoped that by now his Common Core education standards would have already dumbed-down Americans to the point that they know nothing of our own history nor would they be able to read the Koran for themselves. 900 more words


Un-Mosquing Obama's Fictional History of America, Again.

Obama’s recent buffoonery at a terrorist-connected Islamic Center in Baltimore is another example of what has become a pattern of institutionalized lies about America and Islam. 59 more words


Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: A Book Review

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates has been sitting on the Best Seller list for several weeks now, and hooray! It does exactly what it wants to accomplish: interest the reader in an informative-but-not-didactic manner, and prove the point that “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Or, if you will, the old axiom that history repeats itself. 767 more words

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