Ulysses S. Grant on the Porch at Mount MacGregor Four Days Before His Death
The photograph, taken in 1885 by John G. Gilman, shows the eighteenth president of the United States four days before his death on July 23, 1885. Bankrupt and suffering from painful throat cancer, Grant turned to writing about the Civil War as a means to provide an income for his family. As he grew weaker, he heroically completed his Memoirs. Grant retreated to the summer cottage of philanthropist Joseph Drexel at Mount MacGregor in the Adirondack Mountains.
His friend Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) judged the Memoirs “the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar.” Refreshingly honest, clear, and fluidly written, the book was soon in demand in both the North and South. Sales of 250,000 copies were quickly realized, generating for Julia (by then a widow) $200,000, the largest royalty check that had ever been written.
Credit: New-York Historical Society Library
Our results demonstrate that individuals will forego economically beneficial options if these options promote a value that is in conflict with their political ideology,
Bill Clinton, final answer.
Returning from combat to find their jobs are gone
Troops returning home often have a litany of problems on their plate - one of the most prominent being joblessness. Though employers are forbidden from penalizing service members for performing their military duties, that doesn’t mean soldiers don’t end up losing their jobs or benefits.
So who’s holding back on their obligations to troops coming home?
Government agencies are among the most frequent offenders, accounting for about a third of the more than 15,000 complaints filed with federal authorities since the end of September 2001, records show. Others named in the cases include some of the biggest names in American business, such as Wal-Mart and United Parcel Service.
Find out more about the crisis, with a particular focus on the large veteran community in California, in reporter Alexandra Zavis’ story here.
Photos: Tomas Ovalle / Los Angeles Times
That’s a three day old tweet from the organizer of the brilliant “Open Carry March on Washington,” advising his ~20,000 followers to shoot at government agents if they feel their rights are being threatened by them.
As the Facebook page (created by the very same Adam Kokesh) for the event notes, “There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear [emphasis mine] that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting.”
Yeah, I can’t imagine how it might not have been clear.
“We are at war” seems to be an excuse these days for nearly any instance of government misbehavior or illegality. It is generally acknowledged and accepted that during wartime, acts that would be unthinkable during a time of peace are easily excused. It is horrifying to reflect upon the bombing of…
Because an individual 18-by-20-inch ‘shield’ is better protection than revised gun safety laws.
Because American ‘solutions’ must always involve commerce.
Because our national persona is a superhero.
No one has done more than Heritage to promote the importance of dynamic scoring, which is critical to understanding the true effects of government activity on the marketplace. For that organization to have seemingly abandoned its core principles for this important debate is a stinging blow to those of us who crave an honest, data-driven debate on the fiscal merits of policy.