April 08, 2010

Marathon by Jules Witcover

A couple weeks ago I noticed a map that flies in the face of the narrative of the Democratic Party put forward by both the chattering class and a fair number of academics. I knew Jimmy Carter was strong in...
Posted by armand at 07:59 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 13, 2010

Stability and Instability in the 435 Seat US House

I just noticed something. It's often discussed that elections for Congress have gotten less competitive over the years. But it's rarely discussed just how competitive they actually were in days of yore. Since the US House went to 435 seats...
Posted by armand at 06:37 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 17, 2010

Your Congressional Trivia of the Day

When Chris Dodd leaves office less than a year from now, there will be no more members in office who served on the US House Select Committee on Assassinations....
Posted by armand at 01:47 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 16, 2009

Is the United States a Christian Nation?

Given the Treaty of Tripolii, President Adams and the entire Senate of 1797 apparently believed it wasn't....
Posted by armand at 01:09 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

August 31, 2009

The Greatest Senators in History

Erik Loomis is writing short pieces on the men he believes deserve to be so remembered, including Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, George Norris, and Robert Wagner.UPDATE: He's added Robert LaFollette....
Posted by armand at 10:21 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 15, 2009

Interesting Reading List

I'm away at a full-on Geek-Fest Summer Camp for a few weeks. It's an academic retreat that teaches security studies, with a specific focus on military strategy and operations. We spent a couple hours today arguing about Lee at Gettysburg,...
Posted by baltar at 11:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 18, 2009

Book Review: "Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World" by Liaquat Ahamed

This book is not about the modern financial crash, but is instead about the global depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s (though the author has a short final chapter that tries to tie the present financial crisis to...
Posted by baltar at 09:02 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 21, 2009

Treason in Defense of Slavery - the Texas Edition

Erik Loomis on Texas history and slavery. It's not a happy tale....
Posted by armand at 04:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 30, 2008

November 03, 2008

Tempelhof Closes

I'm no expert on Berlin's economy, but you'd have to think this isn't a positive for it. It opened as the first passenger airport in 1923 and became the largest and most modern airport in the world after the current...
Posted by armand at 01:39 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 24, 2008

Andy 'n Mayberry

That's what my dad always called the show when I was a kid, although I'd be hard pressed to tell you whether it was really "andy and mayberry" "andy in mayberry" or something else he was actually saying. See more...
Posted by binky at 03:28 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 03, 2008

Key Dates in History: The Battle of Ain Jalut

748 years ago today, the Mamluks defeated the Mongols. One can play all out many interesting "what if" scenarios about other possible alternative histories that might have occurred if the Mongols hadn't been stopped....
Posted by armand at 04:55 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 21, 2008

Uh, Check The History Books Before You Make a Protest Sign

Apparenly someone doesn't know anything about international sporting events in 1936....
Posted by armand at 10:43 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 09, 2008

Most Overrated President Ever

Scott L. makes the case for Wilson. I'd say he's definitely in the running. Though given the fawning over John Adams lately I think he deserves a look in this category as well....
Posted by armand at 01:33 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 02, 2008

February 08, 2008

A Dilemma

This will be somewhat obscure, 'cause I don't want this to be public (this will make sense; just read on).I've been invited to have dinner with a gentleman being inducted to this august University's Alumni Hall of Fame (or whatever...
Posted by baltar at 11:26 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

February 06, 2008

Great Names in History

Wikipedia notes that on this day in 1819: British official Stamford Raffles signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor, establishing Singapore as a new trading post for the British East India Company. Stamford Raffles - Stamford Bingley Raffles,...
Posted by armand at 01:40 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

October 04, 2007

The Older Ones Sounded Better

If you like cars, F1 racing or Ferraris, you can't help but like this ad. As I said, the old ones sound much better than the new ones......
Posted by baltar at 08:46 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 11, 2007

Best 9/11 Anniversary Post I've Seen Yet Today

This one wins by a mile - funny, disturbing, unsettling.By the way, am I the only person today who can't get "where were you when they built the ladder to heaven ..." out of his head head? South Park can...
Posted by armand at 12:50 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 06, 2007

A Bottle of Wine for Breakfast

How about that Winston Churchill, eh? George W. Bush wouldn't have approved of him, and would have doubted his fitness for office, but he nonetheless seems to have accomplished a thing or two - even as a war prime minister....
Posted by armand at 01:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 22, 2007

George Bush Is Getting So Much History Wrong Today

Where does one start? Vietnam (and here, and yes the White House used to spend untold hours or maybe even weeks arguing that this war was nothing like Vietnam)? Cambodia? Korea? The president's comments today might mirror certain loathsome political...
Posted by armand at 02:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 04, 2007

Presidential Favorables

These Rasmussen favorability ratings of all the US presidents are kind of interesting. First off, it's interesting the number of people who won't ever give an uninformed rating of some of the 19th century presidents. The "not sure" ratings of...
Posted by armand at 03:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 19, 2007

The Cold War Returns!!!

We have a different "enemy," but just about everything else is the same. Via DefenseTech, we find that the US and China are installing a "hot line" to facilitate communications during crises. Just like the Cold War (where we had...
Posted by baltar at 10:47 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 14, 2007

You really can have it both ways

At least you can if you are the Pope (emphasis mine): Pope Benedict XVI blamed Marxism and unbridled capitalism for Latin America's problems on Sunday, and urged bishops to mold a new generation of Roman Catholic leaders in politics to...
Posted by binky at 12:04 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 19, 2007

1860 and the Consequences of the Electoral System

I tend to not care for the process by which we elect the president - to put it mildly. The electoral college is a trainwreck waiting to happen (again), and why peopole didn't push for reform of it after 2000...
Posted by armand at 10:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 12, 2007

Remembering a Hostage Taking in DC, 30 Years Later

The things you learn about where you've lived. I don't think I'd ever heard of this before today. For 39 hours in March 1977 -- before the word "terrorism" entered our daily vocabulary -- 12 gunmen paralyzed the District in...
Posted by armand at 12:40 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack