The Threat No One Wants to Discuss

The MANPADS threat is real. MANPADS are available on the black market and are cheap. Depending on the age of the weapon and its condition, some public sources say they can be bought for less than $10,000. The reality is that no government or airline wants to state publicly that MANPADs are a serious threat to civil aviation. They are afraid the danger will scare away potential passengers.

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Benjamin Stoddert’s Difficult Task

Stoddert began a ship building program. While most have heard of the famous “Six Frigates” – Chesapeake, Congress, Constellation, Constitution, President, United States – he also established six formal Navy yards to support the new U.S. Navy. Stoddert realized that in order to have an effective navy, the country needed an infrastructure to keep the ships manned, equipped, and maintained.

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The First’s First 15 Words

In the first 15 words, the writers of the Constitution prevented the government from establishing a national religion AND enabled any resident of the country to practice whatever religion they preferred. This had never been done in modern history.

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The Dumbest Flight I Ever Made

Taking off on a flight right after you learn your mother only has months to live is, well dumb. Then, to fly into IFR conditions, well that’s dumber. And then, to scud run down a mountain valley is even dumber. But I survived to tell the tale. Now you can learn and read from it!!!

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The Hard Winter

Washington picked Jockey Hollow as his 1779-1780 winter camp because it placed his army between the British in New York and the rebel capital of Philadelphia. Little did he know that his army was going to endure conditions worse that what it experienced the year before at Valley Force that almost tore his army apart.

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Origins of the Monroe Doctrine

While Monroe gets the credit, President Madison first stated what we know as the Monroe Doctrine because he was afraid that European leaders would try to suppress independence movements or take back colonies by force.

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The Origin of the U.S. Census

Asymptotic population growth during and after the American Revolution led the U.S. Constitutional Convention to include the clause requiring a census every 10 years.

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