Archive | July 3, 2013


Gettysburg Lesson: The Illusion of Invincibility

I was a big Civil War enthusiast as a boy.  My sixth grade teacher wrote on my permanent record that I was “overly interested in war.”  In this photo (probably snapped at Gettysburg), I’m sitting astride a cannon wearing a pair of flip-flops that definitely would have been out of place a century earlier.   […]

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25 Years Ago: U.S. Shot Down Iranian Civilian Jetliner

Today is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Navy shooting down an Iranian passenger jet.  Following is the writeup on the shootdown from my 2003 book, Terrorism & Tyranny: In the wake of the Iranian arms debacle, the Reagan administration sent the U.S. Navy to patrol the Persian Gulf—in part to reassure Arab nations that the U.S. […]

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The Voting Rights Mirage

 The Washington Times, July 3, 2013 BOVARD: The voting rights mirage Satisfied to cast ballots, Americans stand idle while other freedoms are ravished by James Bovard Liberals are aghast at the Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced the […]

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