Ben Carson is taking a break from this whole presidential campaign thing to make a little money: Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson has put his public campaign events on hold for two more weeks to go on book tour for his new tome “A More Perfect Union” and catch up on fundraising events. The… Continue reading Well, at least his priorities are in the right place
The city of Vienna has kind of an odd but prominent place in Ottoman history. It was never part of the Ottoman Empire, but two Ottoman attempts to conquer it bookend the period of the empire’s greatest territorial reach and military power. We’ve looked at the second of those attempts, the 1683 Battle of Vienna… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Vienna ends (1529)
Word came this afternoon that the Obama administration has decided to send 300 US soldiers and unarmed Predator drones to the central African nation of Cameroon, to assist a multi-national effort to defeat Boko Haram, based in neighboring Nigeria. Their mission will be to provide reconnaissance and intel for the multi-national force, which consists of… Continue reading Next stop: Cameroon
I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador! #DemDebate — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 14, 2015 You know who I really wouldn’t trust with my Labrador? It’s actually a funny story: Welcome to Loser Sons of Politics, a new column where the politically minded among the… Continue reading Say, you know what that reminds me of?
On Sunday, the Iraqi government declared that its air force had struck a convoy carrying Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to a big Legion of Doom ISIS meet-up in western Iraq, but that turned out to have been a bit of a false alarm. Baghdadi was probably never in the convoy. Oh well, it’s not the first… Continue reading A false alarm and a confirmed kill
Full confession: I didn’t watch much of the debate last night, because, well, frankly I didn’t want to. I watched the Penguins suck again, which in hindsight was the wrong choice, and then I tuned in to the debate towards the end. So apart from now being very aware that Jim Webb once killed a… Continue reading The difference that 8 years (and one career change) can make
The Knights Templar are the more famous of the two major Christian military orders that were founded during the Crusades; the other, the Knights Hospitaller, we’ve encountered in talking about the failed Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565. The Hospitallers, in fact, are still around today, although nowadays you may see them called the “Order… Continue reading Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)