Category Archives: History

There is Nothing Wrong With Our Republic.

The chief executive merely decided to usurp powers he, and a notable other, once ascribed to the the legislative branch whilst in the shadow of a place called Caesars Palace. Said some idiot in 2011: “With respect to the notion … Continue reading

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Roosters, Chickens, and the Damn Anti-Federalists

Hamilton was right. The Bill of Rights was a terrible idea. Most parents grasp this fairly quickly. “Stay in the yard.” is unambiguous. “Stay in the yard, and I especially better not see you in the Johnson’s yard.” is an … Continue reading

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Literary Cravings Part The Second: Oxtail and Barley Soup

As I have mentioned before on these electronic pages, I have no defense against a well written description of food. I want what the characters in the book I’m reading are eating and I want it regardless of season, availability, … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S Day: Christopher Marlowe

From Scotland, the top of the world’s acceptable living conditions, we take the finest tradition of the working class: P.O.E.T.S. Day (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). This weeks patron is Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, so possibly Shakespeare if you forgot your … Continue reading

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Hey Hipsters! You Get No Stroganoff! With Recipe, Of Course.

You are not alone in walking by my house every day after work. Bikers by the thousands, joggers, walkers young and old, and more and more lately, strollers. We all wave and say hello. You don’t seem to notice. You … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus as Channeled by Geoffrey Lehmann

From the moderately chilly land of Scotland (61° Fahrenhiet and mostly cloudy as of this writing) we take the P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition: Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday. This week’s patron wordsmith: Emperor Nero, at least his persona as assumed by … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Dylan Th… Oh Dear Lord… Dylan Thomas

With sudden trepidation we take the Scottish P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). For the glory of an early weekend, we highlight a poet, preferably disreputable, degenerate, and debauched to serve as patron and toastee as we celebrate … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Edgar Allan Poe

From the great, glorious, and at times hard to understand Scots, we take the P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition (Piss Off Early. Tomorrow’s Saturday). Maintaining your reputation post-mortem, lesson the first: Take steps in life to assure that a man you have … Continue reading

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An April Fool’s History

For a large part of our recorded history, the new year has been celebrated on March 25, as spring begins, with days of parties and feast culminating on April 1. King Charles IX, being French, regarded anything that everyone else … Continue reading

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