The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

In Honor of July 4th - Independence Day The founding of this great nation is miraculous and inspiring. The founding fathers and mothers were convinced that America gained its freedom and independence by “Divine Providence.” The British Empire: The Largest, Most Power Empire in History At the time of the Declaration of Independence, there was … Continue reading The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

America’s Founders and Other Famous People Were Baptized for the Dead in 1877-The Details

"Sunday Sermon" for July 4th Founding Fathers Appear to Wilford Woodruff Wilford Woodruff was a spiritual giant. He received more visitations, visions, promptings, and revelations than anyone in this dispensation other than the Prophet Joseph Smith. Most members of the church have heard that the Founding Fathers appeared to Elder Wilford Woodruff in the St. … Continue reading America’s Founders and Other Famous People Were Baptized for the Dead in 1877-The Details

A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

In Honor of July 4th Independence Day In 1958, a high school history teacher in Ohio assigned his students to do an individual project. Junior class student Bob Heft ambitiously decided to redesign the American flag.  At that time, there were 48 states.  However, it appeared that Alaska and Hawaii might gain statehood in the … Continue reading A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

It Was a Crime for Women to Cry at Funerals, and other “Fun” Laws From Ancient Rome

"Court Case Friday" I took all the "weird" classes in law school, like: "Nature of Legal Thinking," "Legal Anthropology," "Legal Philosophy," and "Roman Law." Here are some of my favorite laws from Ancient Rome. Women Crying at Funerals was a Crime Roman Funeral Throughout history, people believed that the more popular a person was, the … Continue reading It Was a Crime for Women to Cry at Funerals, and other “Fun” Laws From Ancient Rome

Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

"Sunday Sermon" The Prophet Elisha grew up in the desert. When his mentor, the Prophet Elijah was translated, Elisha became the prophet and adviser to the kings of Israel. He performed mighty miracles during his ministry. Renaissance Painting - Mocking Children in "Modern" Attire: Even the Lord’s “anointed” isn’t always treated with respect. As Elisha went up to … Continue reading Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

Percentages Do Not Prove Racism

Commentary Sadly, racism and slavery have always existed, and tragically, they exist throughout the world today. An estimated 40 million people are enslaved today, primarily as slave laborers and sex slaves. I don’t believe racism/tribalism, which underlie slavery, is inherent in human nature.  I believe it is taught and learned. And if it is learned, … Continue reading Percentages Do Not Prove Racism

My “Famous” Record-Setting 5-Billion-Dollar Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant

"Court Case Friday" One of my ongoing frustrations is getting criminals to court. Of those who are cited to appear or released on their own recognizance (O.R.), only half show up in court.  I then issue bench warrants for the arrest of those who failed to appear (FTA).  For first time misdemeanors, my bench warrants … Continue reading My “Famous” Record-Setting 5-Billion-Dollar Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant

Blacks & the Priesthood – A Personal Perspective

In Honor of "Official Declaration-2" and "Juneteenth" My Personal Struggle Joseph "Billy" Johnson of Ghana, "Greatest LDS Missionary" I have always struggled with the LDS Church policy denying the priesthood to men of black African heritage. We are all God’s children. After all, the Book of Mormon proclaims that “all are alike unto God,” including … Continue reading Blacks & the Priesthood – A Personal Perspective

How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

“In Honor of Juneteenth” Destroying the Hopes and Dreams of Freed Slaves Forging compromises is an integral part of politics and governance.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were the products of countless compromises. Some compromises are distasteful, like the 3/5 compromised in the Constitution. But the worst compromise in U.S. history is the … Continue reading How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

America's Slaves Deserve to be Remembered and Honored In Honor of "Juneteenth" On June 19, 1865, the enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned of emancipation. "Juneteenth" has become a federal holiday - "Juneteenth National Independence Day." It is also known as "Jubilee Day," "Emancipation Day," "Freedom Day," and "Black Independence Day." (My family attended … Continue reading Contributions of Enslaved African Americans