Author: Erik Loomis

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This is the grave of Edwin Stanton. Born in 1814 in Steubenville, Ohio, Stanton was a sickly boy, afflicted with asthma. His father was a reasonably successful doctor but when he died in 1827, the family was flung into poverty. Young Edwin started working for a bookseller and managed to go to Kenyon College for […]
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Krauthammer

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On June 22, 2018
Charles Krauthammer has died and there were a bunch of people on Twitter and in columns mourning the loss of the last principled conservative or whatever. And this is a joke. Charles Krauthammer was a terrible person who advocated terrible policies that hurt and killed people. I don’t care if he was the nicest man […]
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This is the grave of James Monroe. Born in 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to a middling family, unlike most of the Virginia elite that would so dominate the post-Revolution nation, Monroe’s family still needed their boy’s labor on the farm, so he only received a few months’ schooling a year. When his parents died […]
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This is the grave of George Halas. Born in 1895 to Bohemian immigrants in Chicago, Halas was a sports phenom, playing baseball, football, and basketball at the University of Illinois and was MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl. He played a bit of professional baseball, including 12 games for the 1919 Yankees, but got hurt […]
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