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Today in History – The Siege of Vienna

(Because October 12, 1492 wasn’t the only important October 12th in history.) If I say “Vienna” what is the first thing you think of? The Vienna Boys Choir? Apfelstrudel? Mozart? Wiener schnitzel? Vienna sausages? Do you think about one of … Continue reading

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D-Day +70

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty … Continue reading

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Ryan’s Hopeless

This is not a post about Paul Ryan: Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia In advance of St. Patrick’s Day, I went time traveling, back to the 1840s and Ireland’s great famine. On one side of the Irish Sea was Victorian England, … Continue reading

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It’s Official – Salon is Now a Communist Propaganda Rag

Jesse Myerson at The Daily Worker Salon: Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism) As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what … Continue reading

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Happy Pearl Harbor Day!!

Today is the seventy-something anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was one of the worst strategic mistakes in history. Even if the Japs had taken out our aircraft carriers and submarine fleet it would have only postponed the … Continue reading

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Workin’ For A Living

From People Thought the Industrial Revolution Was Servile Too by Walter Russell Mead: Those kind of fears have a long history. At the beginning of the industrial age, both the left and sentimentalists denounced factory work as servile and destructive, … Continue reading

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45 Years Ago

45 years ago this guy came to visit my hometown. He really created a lot of excitement. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go see him and jealous of the neighbor kids who did. It’s a bittersweet memory, … Continue reading

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Does History Repeat?

Victor Davis Hanson: How Will America Hold Together? By A.D. 200, the Roman Republic was a distant memory. Few citizens of the global Roman Empire even knew of their illustrious ancestors like Scipio or Cicero. Millions no longer spoke Latin. … Continue reading

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20 Years Ago Today

It was 20 years ago today that the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms launched a raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Mount Carmel outside Waco Texas. A bloody shootout took place, followed by a siege. When it finally ended … Continue reading

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Past Imperfect

Sean Wilentz: Cherry-Picking Our History Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s new book and accompanying ten-part televised documentary have a misleading title. Most if not all of the interpretations that they present in The Untold History of the United States—from the … Continue reading

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Old School Eco-Terrorism

Dynamite attacks on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Following a Nov. 1, 1931, explosion on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Los Angeles Times in a Nov. 3, 1931, article reported on the years of dynamite attacks: Sunday night’s blast touched off … Continue reading

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Feet Of Clay

Charles Blows: Rosa Parks, Revisited Most of what you think you know about Rosa Parks may well be wrong. On the verge of the 100th anniversary of her birth this Monday comes a fascinating new book, “The Rebellious Life of … Continue reading

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Those Who Fail To Learn From History . . .

Recasting History: Scholarly Study Finds that Race, Class, and Gender Studies Crowd Up University American History Classes This week the Texas legislature is kicking off its 83rd session in Austin. The funding of public education in the state will be … Continue reading

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