Movie. Matewan, 1987.

Posted by T on June 14, 2008
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This movie is based on an actual incident in Matewan, West Virginia Continue reading…

Hegel on Black History Month

Posted by T on February 25, 2008
History, Politics / 34 Comments

The best argument for a liturgical calendar is Continue reading…


63 Years After a Holocaust That Cannot be Denied

Posted by T on February 13, 2008
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Today, for the remembrance of the 63rd anniversary Continue reading…

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Martin Luther King’s Plagiarism

Posted by T on January 21, 2008
History, Politics / 6 Comments

And now comes Rev Michael Eric Dyson to defend Martin Luther King’s plagiarism.

The facts can be summarized rather succinctly. Continue reading…

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Martin Luther King’s Adultery

Posted by T on January 19, 2008
History, Politics / 11 Comments

In a discussion with a co-worker last week, I discovered with shock that some people Continue reading…

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Dyson on King

Posted by T on January 19, 2008
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In his book, I May Not Get There With You (full bibliog. info at bottom), Rev. Michael Continue reading…

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Warrior Winny: Churchill as young soldier

Posted by T on September 17, 2007
History / 3 Comments

During Churchill’s brief tenure as a junior officer stationed in India, he occupied his time in four main activities. (1) playing as much polo as possible; (2) taking long vacations – far more than were normally permitted to a young officer in India; (3) systematically reading through classics, to attempt to remedy his deficient formal education. The reading program was in service to ambition, not knowledge for its own sake. Macaulay, Gibbon, Plato and others, he wrote to his mother, “must train the muscles to wield the sword to the greatest effect” (Gilbert 70). The fourth activity may have required the least amount of actual time, but was probably the most important for understanding his future course: namely, there was scarcely an armed conflict anywhere in the world which he failed to inveigle himself to the front lines of. Continue reading…

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Schoolboy Churchill

Posted by T on September 09, 2007
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Winston Churchill was educated in four schools. First, was St George’s near Ascot, where he attended from age 7 to 9. The main thing of note here is that the physical discipline was quite harsh, in the manner that has been made famous by English “public schools” of that period; only more so. Delicate health led to transfer to Brighton, where the family doctor resided. Next was prep-school Eton-competitor Harrow, aged 13-17. Winnie was not a particularly good student, and at some point Lord Randolph decided on a military trajectory for his career (but noting that, if worse came to worst, he could tap his connections with the Rothschild family to get Winny started in a business career [Gilbert 32]). Continue reading…


Churchill’s Pedigree

Posted by T on September 03, 2007
History / 1 Comment

It is traditional in biography to begin with some notes on genealogy: a bit of background on members upward on the family tree.

Little Winston Spencer Churchill was born into partial British nobility on the father’s side, and American wealth Continue reading…


Vera’s vain protest

Posted by T on July 27, 2007
Ethics, History / 2 Comments

Today is the 64th anniversary of the Allied fire-bombing of Hamburg known as Operation Gomorrah. The British part, which deliberately targeted civilians, actually involved four night-time attacks beginning the nights of 7/24, 7/25, 7/27, and 8/2 of 1943. (There were supplemental American attacks by day that aimed at military targets.) Thus, this night is actually the anniversary of the third night of bombing; but that was the one that created the fire-storm that killed tens of thousands in horror- Continue reading…

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Bomber Harris again

Posted by T on March 24, 2007
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Just about every day is the anniversary of one Allied atrocity or another. I only mention this one because Continue reading…


Movie. Intolerance, 1916.

Posted by T on March 05, 2007
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In this film, David Wark Griffith tells four stories in parallel, three from history, and one fictional modern one. The historical episodes are the fall of ancient Babylon, the crucifixion of Christ, and the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of the Huguenots. The modern story tracks a young woman and man that find each other but seem to be fated to lose Continue reading…


Dresden vor 62 Jahren

Posted by T on February 13, 2007
History / 5 Comments

Speaking of Dresden… today is the 62nd year anniversary of its destruction Continue reading…

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Dresden today

Posted by T on February 10, 2007
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When I arrived in Dresden, I had a sense of urgency Continue reading…

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Saddam Hussein: paragon of evil?

Posted by T on October 24, 2006
History, Politics / 7 Comments

We are asked to support Bush’s War because of evil Saddam Hussein.

The War was justified by a sequence of statements by Bush that have proven false or unwarranted. By unwarranted, I mean Continue reading…