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Peter Haugen's books include "Was Napoleon Poisoned? And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Royal History," "World History for Dummies," and "Biolo

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Acrophobic's Lament (with apologies to John Masefield)

I must go up to the roof again, to the cold roof and the eaves And all I ask is a sunny day, when the rain won’t wet the leaves And the blower’s whirr through the crisp fall morn makes the foliage flutter And the damp aluminum gleams revealed as I clear the gutter. I must go up to the roof...

The Colors Purplish

My wife, the type of woman that attends estate sales for entertainment, recently told me about piece of furniture that she saw at one. I don't remember what specific kind of furniture it was, but it might have been a chair—something with upholstery, anyway, because its color was mauve. (I suppose a...

James Madison, James Monroe, and the Individual Mandate

Opponents of the Affordable Health Care Law (or Obamacare, if you prefer) argue that the legislation’s individual mandate—the rule requiring Americans to buy health insurance—is on its face unconstitutional. The U.S. Government has never before this required individuals to engage in commerce, they...

Vietnam Vet Politicians Fading into History

In the 2012 U.S. national election, none of the four major party candidates for president and vice-president had a military service record. It was the first time this had happened since 1932. It was also an indicator that, barring the unforeseen, no Vietnam veteran will ever be president.

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