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Burning the Midnight Photovoltaics

One of my students is working on a paper on how much solar power each branch of the military uses. It’s a fascinating topic, as the military has gotten (partly because of outside pressure, partly because of the usefulness of mobile energy sources like solar power for fighting wars) extremely interested in renewable energy. Show More Summary

Meta Weirdness

Dick Cheney is weirder than you imagine, even allowing for the fact that you imagine Dick Cheney to be weird: Fearing that terrorists might use the electrical device implanted near his heart to kill him, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he had his doctor turn off its wireless function in 2007. Weird.

A National Blessing

(Guest Post! David Fitzpatrick is back. He’s still 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...Show More Summary

The Second Time As Farce

The House GOP got its singing chops on today: When reports surfaced that House Republicans sang “Amazing Grace” during a Tuesday morning meeting, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) responded with a laugh. “Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?” he joked with reporters. Show More Summary

Just As A Reminder: The Civil War Was About Slavery

From the Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union, 1860: These ends it endeavored to accomplish by a Federal Government, in which each State was recognized as an equal, and had separate control over its own institutions. Show More Summary

Today in GOP Dumbness

Rep. John Fleming, (R-LA): “Perhaps he sees this as the best opportunity for him to win the House in 2014. It’s very clear to us he does not now, and never had, any intentions of negotiating.” Perhaps he was fooled by the part where President Obama said he wouldn’t negotiate until the government was reopened. Easy mistake, really.

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

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