As a child of the mid-1970s, I grew up relishing my trips in Fred Rogers’ neighborhood. With his trademark calm, he reinforced the lessons that my parents taught me about dealing with others, respecting adults and spending every day learning something new about the world around me.
With the recent and unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, legal scholars have asked whether the Pope’s resignation exposes him to civil liability by removing a former cloak of immunity that came with his title.
It may be cold and snowing in Ohio, but our Major League Baseball teams kicked off their spring training schedules with games against each other on Saturday and Sunday (the Tribe won both times). As a baseball fan, the start of spring training tells me that my favorite sport will soon be back to meaningful games. As a resident of Ohio, the start of spring training tells me that I should only need my snow shovel for another four to six weeks.
There is little doubt that the ascension to the Presidency came as a shock to Theodore Roosevelt. His boss, William McKinley, was less than a year into his second four-year term. The two-term President and his wife travelled to Buffalo, New York to take in the Pan-American Exposition in the fall of 1901. The Vice-President was not with them.
Surely you didn’t let yesterday’s historic holiday pass you by. Perhaps you celebrated with a romantic phone call. Or a long-distance call to an old friend. Or a call to make a dinner reservation. Or, really, any phone call at all. Because, if we’re thinking of the same historic holiday, a phone call of some kind had to be involved.
If you’re reading this near your computer (or on your computer), head on over and open the web browser of your choice (I’m a Firefox user, myself). Go to Google and in the search window type “Supreme Court oral arguments.” Then click on the “images” tab. What you will find will break into two categories — pictures of people standing or demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court building and drawings of the Justices and lawyers inside the courtroom.
Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away. If you like football, watch for the game. If you don’t like football, stay for the food. If you don’t like the food, at least enjoy the commercials. (If you don’t like any of that, both We TV and the Hallmark Channel are showing Golden Girls marathons.)
The history of American involvement in warfare is also a history of memorable treaties that ended our involvement in those wars. The Second Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution. The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812. The Sixth Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Berlin ended American warfare with Germany after WWI. The Paris Peace Treaties of 1947 officially ended WWII (Paris is a popular place for peace).