Eight dozen years ago today, the Women’s Defence Relief Corps was formed.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
221 years ago today (or was it in the following day?), the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
89 years ago today, the peace treaty after the Great War between Austria and those United States was signed.
The world should note that, while there was an armistice in November of 1918, peace was not conceded to Austria before the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Treaty of Trianon had both come into effect.
The world should also note that this peace came after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the bête noire of this weblog.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Many years ago it was the Long Island campaign that first made me question the "standard version" of the American Revolution. I was amazed at how Washington could be beaten again and again, retreat again and again and yet still be described as some sort of military genius for "ensuring the survival of his army" or some such notion.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Seven baker's dozen years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to argue for the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Es ist kein Schwert, das schärffer schiert,which translates into:
Als wenn ein Baur zum Herren wird.
There is no sword that cuts sharper
than if/when a peasant becomes master.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Two years short of eleven score years ago today, Robespierre proposed a revolutionary tribunal.
On an additional note, Vizille is home to Musée de la Révolution Française. It would be interesting to visit this museum. Of course, it would help if my French were in better shape. I wonder what perspectives are represented there. However, I would not be surprised if the museum to the extent it can be said that it does take a stand is a pro-revolution museum.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Part of the reason for this was the German support for the Qing general Chang Hsun who restored the last Emperor for a brief time in 1917.
Friday, August 13, 2010
A century and five years ago today, a Norwegian referendum was held to approve the “already completed dissolution” of the union with Sweden.
The question was asked in such a way that if you participated in the voting you would anyhow concur that the union dissolution had taken place and that it was legitimate and constitutionally in order. As Norwegian historian Nils Ivar Agøy put it, it was a question similar to the question “have you stopped beating your wife?”
The fact is that the act of the Norwegian Parliament on June 7, 1905 was constitutional coup d'état asserting Parliament as the ultimate, sovereign power. We had a mixed government constitutional monarchy. The politicos showed no respect for that.
August 13, 1905 was a Sunday. Flags were all over the churches, and typically the priest gave his pro-dissolution sermon, and then the parish went to the polls.
There were 184 nays nation-wide. Tolerance for opposition was virtually non-existent. An oppositional pamphlet had to be published in Denmark, as no publisher in Norway would do it.
Ah yes, Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" who is so much admired. Don't mention of course that he was a vicious slave-driver, a rapist and a man who killed American Indians for sport. That just wouldn't be politically correct! "Bloody Ban" was a pussycat compared to Marion.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Mark Weber has written:
Apart from the moral questions involved, were the atomic bombings militarily necessary? By any rational yardstick, they were not. Japan already had been defeated militarily by June 1945. Almost nothing was left of the once mighty Imperial Navy, and Japan's air force had been all but totally destroyed. Against only token opposition, American war planes ranged at will over the country, and US bombers rained down devastation on her cities, steadily reducing them to rubble.The Western Confucian has more quotes and some other thoughts, as well as linking to the below.
Fellow monarchist Andrew Cusack posts on his debate on Hiroshima.
Over at The Independent, Robert Fisk offers his thoughts.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Eight dozen years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog proclaimed neutrality in the Great War.
Those United States were to remain formally neutral to the conflict for thirty months and two days, but it was a “neutrality” that contained diplomatic and supplying bias.
Also on the same day, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war. Sir Edward Grey had given a speech in the House of Commons about the lamps the night before.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Later this month the 180th birthday of HLIRM Emperor-King Franz Josef I will be celebrated. The celebration is annual.
From last year's event (in German):
There is the celebration in Bad Ischl August 14 through 18. L'Associazione Culturale Mitteleuropa has its celebration August 20 through 22.