Wednesday Open Thread

Battle of Gettysburg survivors drop flowers on battlefield from plane, Memorial (Decoration) Day, this week 1938

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Here Rests in Anonymity a New Yorker Known But to God

A trench at the potter’s field on Hart Island, New York, circa 1890 by Jacob Riis.

Earlier this week the New York Times had a fascinating piece on Hart Island’s “potter’s field” — burial ground for paupers and the unclaimed. It’s a sad story but unsurprising. One of the underappreciated downsides of the move […]

Gender Neutered Pronouns

UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh at the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog has an enfuriating/interesting piece on New York City’s plan to fine people for not using the proper pronoun to refer to them. Don’t think “he, she, or it”. No. Think “zhe, ze, hir, et al. I shit you not:

So people can […]

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862,

Saturday Open Thread

Monday Open Thread

Marriage of King John I of Portugal (House of Aviz) to Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt to seal the Treaty of Windsor

On this date in 1386 England and Portugal sealed the longest-lasting diplomatic alliance in the Treaty of Windsor — still in force to this day.

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Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1915 Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

Monday Open Thread

An Inconvenient Candidate

Hey, remember that time a black woman ran for President in 1972? You don’t? Well, it’s true:

Before Carol Moseley Braun, before Barack Obama, before Hillary Clinton, Shirley Chisholm was both the first woman and the first African American to run for the nomination of a major party for President of the United […]

Soaring Valor

Last summer, Gary Sinise and his Foundation brought dozens of World War 2 veterans on a trip to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The experience was recorded and made into this very moving short documentary. If you’ve got 7 minutes to spare, it’s well worth watching.

(And if you’re looking for […]