Entries by Mark Denison

The Rushmore Report – How Many of our 45 Presidents Served Two Straight Terms?

President Trump has already named his presidential campaign manager for 2020 in his bid to serve a full two terms. If he is successful, he will be the fourth consecutive president to do this, a record in American political history. So here’s a trivia question for you. How many of our 45 presidents have served […]

The Rushmore Report – Five Highlights from Barbara Bush’s Funeral

It was one of the most beautiful funerals I’ve ever seen. By the time it was over, I was wiping tears from both eyes. I’m talking, of course, of the celebratory homecoming of Barbara Bush, dubbed “the first lady of the greatest generation” by historian Jon Meacham in his inspiring eulogy. Held at St. Martin’s […]

The Rushmore Report – Five Striking Members of Time’s Top 100 People

Editor-in-Chief for the Time 100, Edward Felsenthal explained how the magazine chose the 100 people on the list. “Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age.” The current list, just released, has expected names such as President Trump. But several names surprise. We have chosen to highlight five of the most interesting members […]

A Few Good Men

One of the great movies of recent years was A Few Good Men. Jack Nicholson played the role of Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. In a courtroom scene, he bellowed to Tom Cruise, “You can’t handle the truth!” The same could be said of the modern church. You want the truth? I’m afraid most of us […]

The First Earth Day – 1970

Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, was celebrated in the United States for the first time on this day in 1970. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs. Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson […]

How to Win Carnival Games

Ethan Trex has done the world a great favor. He has studied carnival games and devised a winning strategy. Follow these simple tips and you can be the king of carnivals, a prince to preschoolers. Let’s start with the “Balloon Dart Throw.” The scam is that the darts are dull and much lighter than normal […]

American Revolution Begins

At about 5:00 a.m., April 19, 1775, seven hundred British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, marched in Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after […]

Holy Huddles

I was insecure as a child. I think it goes back to my infant years. When mom used to rock me, she used really big rocks. My insecurities carried over into my teen years. When I watched football games on television, I hated it when the players got into huddles. I assumed they were talking […]