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I Shall Now Shoot Myself In The Foot. And Your Foot. And The Foot Of The Guy Next To You.

Ezra Klein makes a nice point about the GOP’s profound strategic stupidity: It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of the GOP’s strategic failure here: Obamacare’s launch has been awful. More than a week after the federal insurance marketplaces opened, most people can’t purchase insurance on the first try. Show More Summary

Darth Vader Makes A Joke

From Peter Baker’s profile of the Bush-Cheney relationship: A few weeks before Barack Obama’s inauguration, Joshua Bolten invited all of his predecessors to his office in the West Wing to meet with his successor, Rahm Emanuel. Thirteen...Show More Summary

The Crazification Factor

Still germane: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Show More Summary

FAQ on the GOP Temper Tantrum Government Shutdown

Answers to some questions on the shutdown: So why is the government shut down? Because of the Republicans. Unwilling to accept that both Houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the electorate have signed off on the Affordable Care...Show More Summary

Exactly What Answer Do They Think They’re Going To Get?

From the New York Times, titled “Libyan Government Demands Explanation After U.S. Raid:” A day after American commandos carried out raids in two African countries aimed at capturing fugitive terrorist suspects, Libya’s interim government...Show More Summary

The World Series of Poker, Syria Edition

Galrahn, over at Information Dissemination, suggests that the Obama administration never had any intent of striking at Syria: These two pictures combined tell us something important: The President of the United States never intended to conduct military strikes against Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack that took place on August 21st. Show More Summary

Deep Thoughts On The Shutdown

“We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” –Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-IN. To steal one of Brad DeLong’s memes, why, oh why, can’t we have a better Republican party?

Machine Love

An article at Salon notes that American soldiers and marines have anthropomorphized their battlefield robots, bestowing both names and emotions upon them: As the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have unfolded, the military has been expanding its use of robots on the battlefield. Show More Summary

The New New Gilded Age

Ah, company towns raise their heads again: “We had to sleep on the floor in overcrowded apartments,” said Allen, while paying their boss rent that sometimes exceeded the low wages and limited hours he provided them. “After getting aShow More Summary

Notify Hudson!

The Northwest Passage is open for cargo: A large sea freighter completed a voyage through the hazardous Arctic Northwest Passage for the first time on Friday as global warming opens routes that mariners have wanted for centuries. The quest for the Northwest Passage has been going on for centuries, and has even been immortalized in a TV series. Show More Summary

Uncle Sam’s Peace Doves

A 1907 photograph of American warships: “Uncle Sam’s Peace Doves”: ships being readied for Teddy Roosevelt to send them around the world. The Great White Fleet, as they later came to be known, were new American warships, on a mission of peace, and a mission of warning. Show More Summary

Teddy Roosevelt And Syria

Lovely spot for a canal you’ve got there The world began in 1945. Or so many American pundits would have you believe. The predisposition is actually a bit more complicated than that: American history, pundit-style, often starts withShow More Summary

You May Not Be Interested In Digital Humanities, But The Digital Humanities Are Interested In You.

(Guest post! Michael Doidge is a historian at the Combat Studies Institute where he created the U.S. Army’s first digitally interactive military history. Here he tells us about how he went about it.) During the first days of my MA, my professor asked the incoming classes to go around the room and say something about ourselves. Show More Summary


(Guest Post! David Fitzpatrick is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who taught military history at the United States Military Academy and who now teaches United States history at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.)...Show More Summary


Burning the White House, 1814 Dan Drezner posted a list of his nominations for the 10 worst foreign policy decisions in American history, using William Shatner’s The Transformed Man recording as a measure of appalling awfulness: In honor...Show More Summary

How Many Medals?

The USA Today points out recently that the number of Medals of Honor in Iraq and Afghanistan seem low by historical comparison: Critics say 12 Medals of Honor are far too few, given the 2.5 million Americans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that left nearly 7,000 of them dead and about 50,000 wounded. Show More Summary

Greg Maddux Got Lonely On The Mound

From ESPN: Maddux was so dominating, he practically eliminated the need to hold mound conferences. “One time,” [Leo] Mazzone [the Braves pitching coach] said with a laugh, “he said to me, ‘Come on out and visit me. I haven’t seen you [on the mound] in a couple of months.’ He said, ‘You know, Leo, it gets kind of lonely out there. Show More Summary

Embargos, Miranda, and Khaaaannn!

So, what happened while this blog was on vacation? Hmm (I started to use the list tag from HTML, but it just looked so 1990s): 1. The American Historical Association came out (as historical associations are wont to do) with a fairlyShow More Summary

Suicide in the Military

The suicide rate in the military has been in the news over the last few years. Last year’s total number of suicides, 349, were higher than the number of combat fatalities for the year. More members of the military killed themselves than were killed by their official enemies. Show More Summary

The Chivalry of the Rebel General Lee

Having returned from my vacation (the Jersey shore; very restful. To keep up my military history credentials, I went and took a look at Bunker 223: It’s not actually terribly interesting as it looks mostly like a giant hunk of concrete...Show More Summary

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