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What’s Worse Than Having an Empire?

Robert Kaplan, of Stratfor, wrote an interesting piece for The Atlantic — In Defense of Empire:

In June 1941, during the festival of Shavuot, a mob of Arab soldiers and tribesmen led a pogrom in the Jewish quarter of Baghdad, murdering well over 180 men, women, and children. The pogrom, known locally as the [...]

Monday Open Thread

1571 edition of the Corpus Juris Civilis

On this date in 529 AD, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I issued the first draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis — the foundation of Canon Law and European Civil Law (and law around a good chunk of the world).

The Unkindest Cut Of All

Of all the indignities forced upon the North Korean people — this may be the unkindest cut of all — According to the BBC, every male in North Korea is required to get Kim Jong Un’s hair-don’t:

The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. [...]

Saturday Open Thread

Give to live

If being in a marriage with a terminally ill person has strengthened my position about anything besides unconditional love, it’s that the Food and Drug Administration needs to either be severely reformed (or abolished altogether) in the name of freedom of choice. Trust me, I understand the need for some regulation of drugs/pharmaceuticals, but if [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1937, FDR proposed a plan to expand the U.S. Supreme Court to 15 members in a move to “pack the Court” with Justices amenable to his New Deal program.

Making 3-Donia History!

View from my window.

The first Threedonia Post made from the Southern Hemisphere. Ever.

And I did it. Top that, Floyd.

Thursday Open Thread

ITS ‘Cavour,’ USS ‘Harry S. Truman’ and FS ‘Charles De Gaulle.’ Navy photo

The US Navy posted this in response to China’s month long cruise in its first aircraft carrier. Italian, US, and French flattops cruising.

Robert Gates, Accessory After The Fact

Robert Gates just wrote a book about his tenure as the Defense Secretary. There are some excerpt floating around which confirm most everyone who visits here’s suspicions about what goes on in the White House these days. My beef with this whole spectacle is if Robert Gates, saw and heard these things while he was [...]

It’s Good to Be the King

” For $100 or so you too can look like a gentleman — even Rufus. Nobilify!

h/t: The Awesomer

Given Rufus’ outsized ego and penchant for heels… his next Christmas will be his face superimposed on this.