This Day in History: Survivors of USS Indianapolis rescued

On this day in 1945, the last survivors of the USS Indianapolis are pulled from the Pacific Ocean. They’d been there since a Japanese submarine had torpedoed and sunk Indianapolis on July 30. They had just finished delivering parts for the Little Boy atomic bomb to American bombers! Now, because of communication gaffes, their ship […]

This Day in History: Would Taft have been elected President without his wife?

On this day in 1886, future President William Taft marries Helen (“Nellie”) Herron. Taft might never have been President but for his choice of a spouse. Nellie was the daughter of an attorney who just happened to be friends with two future U.S. Presidents. As a teenager, Nellie was thus afforded a unique opportunity to […]

This Day in History: USS President Lincoln is attacked by the Germans

On this day in 1918, a German submarine launches an attack on USS President Lincoln. The American troop transport ship was then on her way home, carrying 700 people back to the States. Some of her passengers were sick soldiers, including two who were almost completely paralyzed. USS President Lincoln would not survive the attack, […]

Warrantless Searches, Then and Now

I wrote this in 2005 about Bush’s eavesdropping and warrantless searches.  Seems I’ve been proven right. An archived link to the original story is here, but I am also reprinting the entire article below in case that archive goes away at some point.  The most relevant portions start about 6 or 7 paragraphs into the article. […]