Sunday, April 30, 2017

Quote of Month

Writes Mr. Patrick Joseph Buchanan over at

Democracy is increasingly seen as a means to an end, not an end in itself. If democracy doesn’t deliver, dispense with it.

Democracy’s reputation also suffers from the corruption and incompetence of some of its celebrated champions.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Theses Let Loose

Where Lenin lived in ZürichA century ago today, the day after his return to Russia, Lenin let the April Theses loose.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crusade for Democracy

Tottenham Court Road at the junction with Oxford Street. The building on the left was demolished in 1928 to make way for the Dominion Theatre. (Stockholm Transport Museum)A century ago today, David Lloyd George gave an address to the American Club, praising American entry in the war and the crusade for democracy.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Day of Betrayal

I had an article at on this Thursday's centennial of the U.S. declaration of war on Imperial Germany.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Henry Ford Passing

Time Magazine: Henry Ford70 years ago today, Henry Ford passed away. In his autobiography, My Life and Work, he wrote:

Perhaps no word is more overworked nowadays than the word “democracy,” and those who shout loudest about it, I think, as a rule, want it least. I am always suspicious of men who speak glibly of democracy. I wonder if they want to set up some kind of depotism or if they want to have somebody do for them what they ought to do for themselves.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

An Entanglement with Imperial Germany

A century ago today, the bête noire of this blog signed the war declaration passed by the Congress of those United States for a formal state of war with Imperial Germany.

The United States House of Representatives approved the war resolution on this day, April 6, with 373 against 50 votes (the date is wrong in the video below).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Poll Results: 2017 Will Be the Year of the Revenge of the Deplorables?

deplorable yard sign
The results for the poll asking whether "2017 will be the year of the revenge of the deplorables,” ending at midnight between March and April, are as follows:

Total votes: 11.
  • Yes, indeed!: 5 (45%)
  • No, 2016 was: 3 (27%)
  • I couldn't care less: 2 (18%)
  • No, neither 2016 nor 2017 will have that status: 1 (9%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

U.S. Senate for Going to War

A hundred years ago today, in the federal capital of those United States, the federal Senate voted with 82 votes to declare war on Imperial Germany. Six Senators voted in opposition. Eight Senators were absent or abstaining.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Quote of the Month (March)

Writes Dr. Matthew Dal Santo over at The Spectator Australia:

After seventy years of Bolshevik character assassination, the recognition of the genuine piety of Russia’s last rulers is welcome: the Tsar’s sense of bearing an unsought but sacred duty before God for his peoples is clear enough from his papers.

By contrast, Western tellers of Russia’s Revolution often still seem to delight in the cheap thrills of character assassination, as if they were themselves part of a Petrograd bread riot. Yet there’s a case to be made that the vices they ascribe to Nicholas (‘indecisive’, ‘pathetic’, ‘weak-willed’, ‘uxorious’, ‘superstitious’, ‘stubborn’) should be seen as the reverse side of the redeeming virtues whose absence they will (rightly) denounce in Stalin: the fear of God, humility, restraint, marital fidelity, obedience to conscience, faith.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

An Infamous Speech on the Hill...

A WWI era map of GermanyA century ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog gave his speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Funchal 1922

Julian Ilcheff Borissoff: A five segment panoramical view of Funchal Bay during sunset, taken from Ponta do Garajau (Madeira)Half a dozen years short of a century ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary passed from this world on the island of Madeira.