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Thursday Open Thread

Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve

On this date in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer first tells the Canterbury Tales in the court of King Richard II.

Still Hypocritical

Vote Dry… cuz your Congressman was going to wet his whistle anyway… serf. From The Atlantic:

In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.

The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by Michael Lowe, New [...]

Saturday Open Thread

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed away on this date in 1945

Yammerin' Hank

Hank Aaron knocks from out of Left field. In the immortal word of Darth Vader… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1940 Vidkun Quisling (right center) took “control” of Norway sealing his post War fate and making his last name synonymous with “collaborator”.

If We Can Keep It

Richard Epstein has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon (the campaign finance decision) at Defining Ideas (a Journal of the Hoover Institution) :

Property and Liberty in Tandem

The basic principles of American constitutional law link closely the protection of property and liberty. That point is made powerfully by the [...]

Tuesday Open Thread

On this date in 1974 Hank Aaron hit home run number 715 surpassing Babe Ruth.

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).

Sunday Open Thread

20 years ago today the Rwandan genoicide was triggered by the assassination of President JuvĂ©nal Habyarimana. Romeo Dallaire’s (the Canadian general in charge of the U.N. mission) memoir is a stinging indictment — a must read just as the accompanying documentary is a must see.

Saturday Open Thread

On this date in 1242 the troops of the Orthodox Novgorod Republic led by Alexander Nevsky defeated the Teutonic Knights in the “Battle of the Ice” on the frozen lake of Lake Peipus. The battle was a victory for the Russians in the Northern Crusade. The clip above is from Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film [...]