Before the invention of clothes dryers, wet clothes were hung out in the sunshine to dry on lines strung up in many backyards. The sunshine kept clothes white, and provided that fresh, clean smell, especially noticeable when snuggling into bed at night with sheets directly off the clothes lines.

In politics, it seems, nothing succeeds like failure. The most successful men in American political history are its most spectacular failures. Consider that the most important responsibilities that a President has are preserving our liberties and keeping the peace. Yet the Presidents we celebrate the most are those who led the nation into war and expanded the power of the state.

On Saturday, November 7, an important three hours were spent at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. It was a forum on “Catholics in the Public Square.”

CBS News reported on November 11 that Pope Benedict is considering the possibility of extraterrestrial life, which is an attempt to bridge the gap between science and religion. This news story came five days after a report by the Pew Research Center on November 6 called the “Paradoxical Relationship of Religion and Science.”

Give Herodotus his due: the fifth-century B.C. Greek historian had a far better understanding of the history of his age than many modern historians have been prepared to credit to him.

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