Bond villain Auric Goldfinger outlines his plot to contaminate the US gold reserve. Photo credit: Danjaq, LLC/United Artists

In every James Bond film, there comes a moment when the criminal mastermind has the irresistible urge to reveal the details of their evil plot. The desire is so overwhelming the villain can’t resist letting the cat out of the bag.

For example, in the 1964 film Goldfinger, Bond stumbles…


Clinton claims 2016 Democratic nomination. | Source: Politico/AFP/Getty

I’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas season for as far back as I can remember. I’ve seen it so many times I can almost recite every line. I’ll probably watch it again sometime over the next couple of weeks. …


This illustration of the 1898 Wilmington massacre typifies how publications of the time promoted misleading characterizations of the incident as a “race riot” or a Black insurrection. Source: Photo

When I researched an article on the Wilmington Coup of 1898 earlier this year, several things struck me about this little-known historical event. …


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During his days as a US Senator, President Lyndon Johnson told a story of an unemployed schoolteacher’s job interview with a school board in Depression-era Texas. At one point during the meeting, a rancher on the school board asked the teacher the following question: “How do you teach it? Is…


Christian leaders lay hands on and pray for Donald Trump ahead of the first impeachment vote. October 2019

A while back, I wrote about how in the late 1970s, I spent a summer working for my cousin’s auto dealership just outside of Huntsville, Alabama. …


Democratic Senator Joe Manchin holding forth from his yacht. Source: Reddit

There was a time when television westerns were as prevalent as Law & Order spin-offs. Branded, a short-lived 1965 television western starring Chuck Conners, was one such show.

Conners, a former professional athlete, turned actor, played Jason McCord, an army officer kicked out of the military for cowardice. …

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