I’m sure this would give Prof. Sadun heartburn, but he really needs to watch it. Please comment. I’m interested in hearing from the “experts” who read this blog about the descriptions of the various forms of government. Continue reading Re: Revising History
Rush Limbaugh referred to this survey , “The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree and Civic Learning on American Beliefs,” today during the second hour of his show today. Its hard to believe some of the findings: Here are a few frightening figures certain to keep you up at night: 71% of Americans failed the civics knowledge test; 51% … Continue reading Survey of college students and civics
Sports Talk radio is an unlikely source for recommendations to enlightening and educational listening. Yet based on a hearty review by The Ticket’s Bob Sturm, co-host of Bad Radio in Dallas TX, I have decided to give the BBC’s podcasts of “History Of The World In 100 Objects” a tumble. Of the few I have heard, these little programs are quite listenable, enjoyable, informative, and … Continue reading History of the World
Sad news from Texas. I loved Charlie Wilson’s War. Best quote: “You know you’ve reached rock bottom when you’re told you have character flaws by a man who hanged his predecessor in a military coup.” Continue reading Charlie Wilson, RIP
Just when the nightmares of ’80’s PC crapola were beginning to recede (only to be replaced by a superfluity of more current crapola) the spectre of Ebonics has reared its ugly head. Or more accurately, Harry Reid reared his and dared to point out the obvious: Barack the Bi-lingual is a huge improvement over Jesse the Bro-lingual. I’m with Steve Hayes (“It’s just weird to … Continue reading Oh, The Horror!
One thousand two hundred ninety years ago today, the forces of Islam met their first major defeat—one that saved Western civilization. Here is Edward Gibbon’s account. Strong defenses, unity with the Bulgarians, Greek fire, and a harsh winter saved the day. At length, after a siege of thirteen months, the hopeless Moslemah received from the caliph the welcome permission of retreat. The march of the … Continue reading August 15, 718: Victory at Constantinople
The Supreme Court upholds the Second Amendment: Answering a 127-year old constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun, at least in one’s home. The Court, splitting 5-4, struck down a District of Columbia ban on handgun possession. Although times have changed since 1791, Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority, “it is … Continue reading “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be Infringed”
Was Karl Marx alienated because he suffered from hidradenitis suppurativa? Continue reading Marx: A Pain in the ***?
Five hundred fifty five years ago today, Constantinople fell to the invading Muslim armies, which would eventually overrun most of Eastern Europe and, in 1529, 1566, and 1683, threaten Vienna and the rest of Europe. My own ancestors (on my father’s side) were already under Muslim domination, where they would remain for almost five hundred years. Black Tuesday, “the last day of the world,” was … Continue reading Remember Constantinople