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Angina Monologue 17

June 28th, 2015 by Vader

The other day I installed a cloak hook near the entrance of the domicile I share with His Majesty.

My cloaks can be heavy, and I also thought it might be prudent to be sure the hook could support the weight of His Majesty’s winter jacket, so I took some time to install the hook securely. I located the stud (much easier with the Force than with a stud locater, by the way) and made sure the hook was screwed firmly through the drywall into the stud. I figured it would easily hold a couple of cloaks and winter jackets.

I stood back to admire my work (funny; don’t you always do that when you finish any handyman project?) and just then His Majesty came storming through the door in a frightfully sour mood. He glanced at me, glanced at the hook, and without a moment’s hesitation he grabbed the hook and tried to swing from it. That was too much weight, of course; there was a loud crack and the hook came out of the wall, doing serious damage to the stud and drywall. In fact, since this is a load-bearing wall, the damage to the stud could wind up being a significant problem.

My jaw hit the floor, or would have, if the vocorder wasn’t in the way.

It turns out His Majesty has been thinking about original sin.

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June 28th, 2015 15:29:12

Redeeming History

February 13th, 2015 by Vader

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February 13th, 2015 16:21:05

Simon de Montfort

January 20th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

I don’t much bother with Wiccapedia, but a spread on this gent fixed my gaze. Seems he humbled a king and getted modern democracy in one crack shot, which is plenty for any hombre to crow about.

I reckon I ain’t heered of him afore now because I was raised to make G. Washington my hero. I kin live with that. It warms the cockrels of my heart that furriners got their heroes as well.

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January 20th, 2015 13:41:33

Best subsection title in a history book evah

September 26th, 2014 by Vader

In a book on the sometimes soap opera-like politics of torpedo procurement in the decade before the First World War:

As the Gyroscope Turns

Perhaps it should not surprise us that this author succeeds in making a rather dry historical topic fairly interesting and readable.

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September 26th, 2014 08:58:15

Portents: August 1914

July 15th, 2014 by Vader

One afternoon a crowd in the Bois de Boulogne gawked at an eagle wheeling high in the sky, and debated its significance. Was this a bronze symbol of Napoleon, or the family bird of the Hohenzollerns? Instead of either it proved to be a vulture, escaped from a zoo.

–Max Hastings
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Good historians know they are creating literature, not publishing scientific papers. The best historians do this with a sense of irony and mordant wit that must not be mistaken for comedy or satire.

 

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July 15th, 2014 08:49:36

“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous”

July 14th, 2014 by Race Bannon

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July 14th, 2014 09:57:34

A worthy cause

February 18th, 2014 by Vader

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February 18th, 2014 10:52:43

R.I.P. Mikhail Kalashnikov

December 23rd, 2013 by Bookslinger

Inventor of the “AK-47 — Avtomat Kalashnikov”.

Although he worked for our Cold War enemy, and his classic rifle is generally used by folks we consider to be bad guys, his rifle design was well-suited for its purposes. Tens of millions of both the fully-automatic and semi-automatic versions of his famous rifle are still in use.

As far as firearms designers/inventors go, I would place John Moses Browning (a Mormon) at the top, for his classics which include, but are not limited to, the Colt 1911 and the Browning Hi-Power handguns, the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.), and the Browning Auto-5 shotgun. I would rank Samuel Colt second, and Mr. Kalashnikov third.

My rankings are based on my limited knowledge of modern firearm history. Others whose knowledge extends further into the past may include other inventors in the top spots of fiream history.

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December 23rd, 2013 13:16:58

Wait, what?

October 21st, 2013 by Vader

From Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, describing the French 2nd Armored Division on the eve of the liberation of Paris:     (more…)

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October 21st, 2013 08:35:15

History

July 25th, 2013 by Vader

It is sometimes said that the British and American people are still today, in the twenty-first century, indecently obsessed with the Second World War. The reason is not far to seek. We know that here was something which our parents and grandparents did well, in a noble cause …

— Thus Max Hastings

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July 25th, 2013 08:10:22

Civility

July 13th, 2013 by Vader

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July 13th, 2013 11:19:52

St. Crispin’s Day

October 25th, 2012 by Vader

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October 25th, 2012 11:19:32

Family History, Land History

August 21st, 2012 by G.

Perhaps Mormons can appreciate this Hanson essay in a way few others can.

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August 21st, 2012 09:39:59

We Blush to Confess It

June 04th, 2012 by The Junior Ganymede

Far from being one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the Internet is in fact a seething mass of banality, pornography and contemptible dribble.

Bedejournal

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June 04th, 2012 12:41:07

God’s Smuggler: Brother Andrew

April 30th, 2012 by Bookslinger

I often think of this book that I read in my youth. My grandfather gave/loaned me a copy back in the 70’s. It was republished in 2001. (more…)

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April 30th, 2012 20:55:48