Can We Have A Safe Space Away From History?
Here in the present, we have college students who need “safe spaces” from things that offend their delicate sensibilities. Things like, you know, basic rights (i.e. free speech). That we as a nation have this belief that we can say what we’re thinking, even if it upsets just one person is so terribly problematic. However, it is not just the present – in fact, it | Read More »
The 200th Anniversary of Napoleon’s Defeat at Waterloo
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by David Pietrusza to discuss today’s 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, some of the forgotten players, and how Napoleon, one of the greatest generals of all time, was defeated at his most important battle.
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200 Years Ago Today: The Battle of New Orleans
On January 8, 1815, the final engagement in the Battle of New Orleans took place. This battle was a huge victory for the United States, even if the War of 1812 was technically over while it was being fought. This battle, more than any other in U.S. History, was responsible for not only developing a national identity, but in establishing the United States as a | Read More »
The SWEET Act of 2014 Is Eerily Similar to the Sugar Act of 1764
On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed something called “The Sugar Act”, which, interestingly, had another name: “The American Revenue Act”. It was a modification of the 1733 Molasses Act, and it also affected other goods, such as wine and coffee. The Preamble to this Act states: “it is expedient that new provisions and regulations should be established for improving the revenue of this Kingdom … | Read More »
Centennial of Britain Entering WWI Open Thread
On August 4, 1914, at 11pm London time (6pm EST here in the United States), the British Parliament’s House of Commons voted to declare war on Germany. The UK’s Telegraph has an excellent series of articles detailing, hour by hour, the events leading up to the declaration. Here is their recounting of what happened today 100 years ago. The decision was not an easy one for | Read More »
The Gay Agenda Rewrite of History
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell You remember the movie, “Glory” about a black regiment from Massachusetts during the civil war. Right after that movie came out, Saturday Night Live did a skit on the imaginary first gay regiment. Of course there was not a gay regiment during the civil | Read More »
To @DrewMTips And @FrankLuntz: #Appeasement Is Not A Creditable #ForeignPolicy Strategy
I thought one of the more brutal lessons learn about WWII was that Appeasement doesn’t work with authoritarians, but here they are beating that drum. I guess I was wrong. Up until last night, Frank Luntz has been posting pro-Russian propaganda tweets like this: Vladimir Putin says Russia has "the right to protect Russian-speaking populations" in other countries.
http://t.co/fKboTs86FD #Ukraine— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) March 3, 2014 | Read More »
The GOP’s Phenomenal Record On Civil Rights
The Grand Old Party, the party responsible for the vast majority of civil rights legislation, began in a little schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. A small assembly of abolitionists came together to bring an end to the institution of slavery. This tiny group of individuals eventually gave way to a political party dedicated to freedom, equal opportunity and civil rights. The name “Republican” alludes | Read More »
Hero’s of then and now
This is part trivia and part lesson. If I asked you to name 5 people from the Revolutionary war period who were role models your list might look like this: 1) George Washington 2) Thomas Jefferson 3) Benjamin Franklin 4) Samuel Adams 5) John Hancock Lists might vary person to person but in general it will list our Founding Fathers and Military Personnel from the | Read More »
Sixteen Scandals: The Legacy of Eric Holder
Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born on January 21, 1951 in the Bronx, New York and was raised in Elmhurst, Queens. His father (1905-1970) arrived in the U.S. from Barbados and worked as a real estate broker. Holder’s mother, Miriam, is American-born and the daughter of immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados. Holder attended Columbia University, enrolling in 1969. He was active in the Student | Read More »
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A Bit of History and the Definition of The Flat Tax
Last week I wrote that it’s time for a flat tax. It’s fair. It’s simple. There’s no need for an army of naturally biased bureaucrats to enforce it. My search for information on the different flavors of the Flat Tax has led me to, of all places, NPR. That’s right. The government sponsored news and entertainment organization of Michael Feldman, the Magliozzi brothers and Nina | Read More »
April 18, 1775: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Never Forget.
Paul Revere’s Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch | Read More »
Government, Culture and Freedom
At the very dawn of our republic, John Adams uttered a prophetic phrase that rings through time to the present age. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Often we who love small government forget that culture, that is, “We the People” are the one’s who shape our government first, not | Read More »
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Backward To The Future!
Ah, the 1950’s – a quaint decade of peace and prosperity. We compare it the 60’s, and mourn our nation’s lost hygiene, oops I mean innocence. Ok, so maybe that sort of nostalgia is overblown and a wee tad derogatory. Yet Dwight Eisenhower warned us of America turning into Amerika and we just didn’t get it. So Paul Krugman rides again to sell us his typically origami* version of economic events.
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