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A Brief History Today, as the United States and the rest of the world continues to be ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, we look back to a previous pandemic of enormously greater proportions, the infamous Black Death of Bubonic Plague that ravaged much of the world in the 14th Century.  Panicked populations, desperate for answers and solutions to the deadly plague, took to blaming Europe’s Jewish population as the cause of the calamity, a scapegoating of Jews common throughout history.  The pervasive theme of blaming various catastrophes on Jews made the scapegoating of the Black Death an almost foregone conclusion! …

A Brief History On September 25, 2018, comedian, actor and television maven Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to prison for the crime of aggravated sexual assault.  He joins a long list of celebrities who have let their sexual urges either get them in trouble or stain their reputations.  We have previously discussed such celebrities in prior articles and today we look at more such tainted personalities.  Who would you add to this list? (Actor Bob Crane, perhaps?) Digging Deeper 1. Bill Cosby, comedian, actor. Not just alleged but convicted.  By his own admission he administered drugs to women in…

A Brief History On September 11, 1826, Captain William Morgan was arrested in Batavia, New York, supposedly on a charge of failing to pay a debt.  The real reason for his arrest was that the ex-Freemason had threatened to publish an expose type book, The Mysteries of Free Masonry, a less than flattering description of the secret society.  His subsequent disappearance and presumed murder led to a groundswell of opinion against Freemasons in the United States. Digging Deeper In fact, the increase in anti-Masonic feeling in the US continued to rise to the point where on September 11, 1830, the…

A Brief History On August 17, 2017, the great Catalonian city of Barcelona, Spain, was the scene of a mass murder perpetrated by Islamic extremist terrorists, and firearms were not the primary weapon that killed 16 innocent victims.  The primary weapon used in the terror attacks was the motor vehicle as driven into pedestrians, a deadly weapon in the wrong hands. Digging Deeper This outrage was committed by a terrorist group of 8 Islamic extremists and conducted in Barcelona, a major city of 1.6 million people, with a metropolitan area population of over 5 million.  (Note: The author has been…

A Brief History On August 14, 1480, during the protracted Battle of Otranto in Southern Italy, a siege of the city between the Ottoman Turks and the Italian defenders of their homeland, the Ottomans, who of course were of the Islamic faith, took 800 Christian Italians hostage and gave them a choice, convert to Islam or be executed.  The Italian Christians chose not to renounce their faith, and in turn beheaded by the Ottomans.  Sadly, this terrible incident is but one of many in which one side or the other has attempted to use force upon other people to cause…

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