Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

By John Ruberry Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents. It is well-known for two reasons. It's a stop on the German Wine Route and it's the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald … Continue reading Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

By John Ruberry This week marks the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I, then known as the Great War. Much of Europe had been engaged in widespread slaughter since 1914 when Congress, at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. After the … Continue reading World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

Inserting a New Language Into a Not-So-New Brain

by baldilocks I don’t remember whether I mentioned it here or not, but two of my jobs as an active-duty USAF NCO were these: Germanic- and Slavic- Cryptologic Linguist; those are the titles on my DD Form 214 (Record of Active Duty.) The Germanic part indicates that I was a German Linguist, but obviously there … Continue reading Inserting a New Language Into a Not-So-New Brain