Author Archives: Emmett

About Emmett

I am a 1st grade teacher who loves reading, writing, hiking, corresponding, learning languages, and lots of other stuff fit for a person with mild ADD. I am married to the wonderful Angela Estes and I have two fabulous daughters, Margaret and Emily.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Donald Rumsfeld.

The whole point of the suit was to show that Rumsfeld had, in fact, given orders for torture. That his subordinates engaged in it is not debatable; but that was not being argued. The plaintiffs did not get a chance … Continue reading

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Measuring America

Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy by Linklater Andro My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was one of those books that added much to my understanding of America. Every … Continue reading

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The Spy I Never Voted For.

Right wing and left have something in common: loathing the latest NSA revelations of spying. Continue reading

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Book Review

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book gave me all the information I wanted on a subject that I knew little about … Continue reading

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Taxation and Manifest Destiny

From early on, the tax policy of this country was, “You need a bridge? Great! Let me sell this lot to Mr. Jones…okay, here’s your bridge appropriation.” We literally got used to getting things for nothing. Continue reading

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The Real Issue

Let’s just admit it: the gun control debate is depressingly familiar. One side says add more laws. The other side says the laws restrict legitimate gun owners’ rights. Well, both sides are missing the boat. Gun control

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The Sequester: Fooled You!

The sequester was not unwanted. It was not unplanned. Both parties have it in their interest to do exactly what they did. Continue reading

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