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October 22, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

This day in History (about which I know very little...)

January 8 is the anniversary of the 1814 Battle of New Orleans, in which Andrew Jackson became a national hero by beating back a much larger British army with a small and ragtag force while suffering very few casualties.  For many years January 8 as a national holiday, celebrated almost as fervently as July 4.

The folly of this battle was that, unbeknownst to the participants, it was fought after the peace treaty of Ghent had already been signed on December 24, 1813.  To me, this battle is the paradigm of the futility of all war.  How many battles would be fought again by the same men if they had the benefit of hindsight?  Very few, I suspect.   

So, let us remember the lesson of the Battle of New Orleans: vastly superior forces often lose, and it takes two sides to fight, one or both of which would probably not do it again.

January 8, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rapture

In the event of the Red Sox winning the world series, this blog will be empteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

October 28, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Olympus

[Sorry, but I just can't resist...] First, it was the pairs figure skating in Salt Lake. Now, the gymnastics in Athens. Oh, and the diving. Syncronized swimming?

Hey, folks, maybe some people like to watch, but... isn't it time we got rid of judged events in the Olympics? I mean all of them. Anything that is not won by a time or a weight or a distance or a finish order, points or runs scored, or some objective measure - get rid of it

Either that or throw it open to some other subjective competitions. How about Olympic poetry slam? Yoyo? Olympic stand-up comedy? Rock guitar solo? Best-actor-in-a-supporting-role gold medal? Juggling? Great skills all, but are they worthy of the Olympics?

August 24, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack