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DONALD TRUMP, THEODORE ROSEVELT AND THE ANTIQUITIES ACT

      Donald Trump’s re-examination of Bears Ears Monument in Utah,  covered by the Antiquities Act, reminded me why the Antiquities Act had been created in the first place in 1903.       THE HOMESTEAD ACT Before there was an Antiquities Act, there was a Federal Homestead Act of 1862, where the Federal Government  Continue Reading »

THE GOVERNMENT WATER SWAP THAT FLOPPED

Here was the dilemma: Which of these two stunningly beautiful, one of a kind, world class, historically priceless, irreplaceable, works of nature should the US government totally sacrifice, obliterate and destroy, so no future  generations would ever see it? Choose one: A or B? “A” is the stunningly beautiful Steamboat Rock in the Echo Park district  Continue Reading »

THE SECRET GERMAN TELEGRAM THAT PUSHED THE UNITED STATES INTO WAR

    One hundred years ago, in 1917, a secret coded radio transmission from a German transmitter was intercepted by British Intelligence. Great Britain was already at war with Germany. Despite the loss of American lives on the Lusitania, United States President Woodrow Wilson was struggling to keep America out of World War I.    Continue Reading »

HOW TO MURDER A CHINESE EMPEROR

There is a secret in this picture I took last year outside the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. Inside that building, all the doors and windows are blocked by an inside wall so the occupant, the Emperor of China, could not escape. In the year 1898, the Emperor was a prisoner in his own house.      Continue Reading »

THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TRAIL THROUGH THE MOST DANGEROUS JUNGLE

Building a border wall between Mexico and the United States is a hot subject these days. Some people regard the border as the beginning of the illegal immigrant trail into the U.S. But actually, the border is the end of a long trail for would-be illegal immigrants, I recently discovered. Most have traveled along the  Continue Reading »

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