Tuesday Open Thread

The Defeat of Ahmed Gragn by King Claudius on 21 February 1543 by Kegneketa Jemlieri Hailu of Gondar

on this date in 1543 a joint force of Portuguese soldiers and Ethipoian soldiers (led by King Gelawdewos — “Claudius”) defeated the Ottomans at The Battle of Wayna Daga.

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Monday Open Thread

On this date in 1962 John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in space aboard Mercury 7.

Tuesday Open Thread

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share these with the big government fan in your life.

From The Trailer Park - The Beguiled

A wounded Yankee soldier (Colin Farrell) in the Confederate south is given shelter at a girls’ boarding school, giving rise to temptation, conflict and violence. A remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film of the same name.

Directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation). Also stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Dem Devolution

Michael Ramirez sums up the history of the Democratic Party as only he can.

From The Trailer Park - The Lost City of Z

British adventurer Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim) leads an expedition into the Amazon jungle on an obsessive quest to find a lost city. Based on a true story.

Also stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Angus MacFadyen. Directed by James Gray (The Immigrant).

Sunday Open Thread 

On this date in 1789 the first Electoral College elected George Washington the first President of the United States. 

Freedom of the Seas

On this date 100 years ago Germany revoked its pledges to keep submarine warfare to belligerents and began its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. This (and the Zimmerman Telegram a bit later) were the major triggers for Wilson to get Congress to declare war on Germany in April of 1917.

Freedom of the seas […]

Monday Open Thread 

The 18th Amendment, authorizing the outlawing of alcoholic beverages was ratified on this date in 1919

Sunday Open Thread 

MLK, Jr. Born this date in 1929.