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This Week in Books, April 28, 2019
The War of 1812
Francis F. Beirne
E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1949

My interest in the War of 1812 began after I outgrew my charming twit of a history teacher, "Can you believe we picked a fight with the British, attacked Canada for no reason, and complained after Washington DC was burned? The only fight we won was at New Orleans, and that was after peace had been declared." Implying that the British were bushwhacked.

As I attempted to assuage my ignorance, I realized I knew nearly nothing of what was a nation-forming conflict.

Page 87

James Madison celebrated his 61st birthday on March 16, 1812. That is an age at which most men are thinking of retirement. But not a president of the United States who has served only one term. The Henry letters might cause a tempest, trouble might be brewing in Florida, war was obviously on the way, a large and important section of the country hated his administration, the treasury was short of funds - chaos seemed to be just around the corner. None of these considerations discouraged Mr. Madison. He was a victim of that strange fascination for the job that grips all presidents and his hat with the big cockade was in the ring.

Having read the book Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll, I was already familiar with the navy actions of the conflict. I have to admit, I do like the style of Mr. Beirne.

Page 131

Before the order "Boarders away!" could be given the Constitution's sails filled, she freed herself and shot forward just as the Guerriere's mainmast and foremast fell, leaving the once proud British frigate a helpless, drifting hulk, her guns forever silenced. But the Union Jack still waved from the stump of her mizzen. Having ordered his own guns to cease fire, Hull lowered a boat and dispatched an officer to the Guerriere to inquire if she had struck her colors. The officers found Captain Dacres on deck, dazed by the misfortune that had so swiftly overtaken him. The question was a hard one for a British commander to answer, and one that was seldom put to him. Dacres stood puzzled for a moment. "Well," he replied reluctantly, "I don't know. Our mizzenmast is gone, our mainmast is gone; and, upon the whole, you may say we have struck our flag."

On Canada, I was woefully uninformed. Thankfully, Mr. Beirne describes that theater in manageable detail.

Page 213

Earlier in the summer Harrison appealed to Governor Isaac Shelby to send him 1,500 men. Not only that but he invited the Governor, a veteran of the Revolution and known affectionately throughout Kentucky as "Old King's Mountain" for the distinguished part he had played in that battle to join the expedition. "Scipio," he reminded the Governor, "did not disdain to act as the lieutenant of his younger and less experienced brother, Lucius." The classical allusion had the desired effect. Shelby, in spite of his 66 years, responded cordially to the invitation, and his example inspired his countrymen and stimulated recruiting. The Kentuckians flocked to his banner and, in the end, he brought with him, not 1,500, but 4,000 men.

I found this book both informative and easy to read, a rare treat. I would go so far as recommend it to early teens as a supplement to their American History education. Once they realize that the Battle of New Orleans was Britain's cream of the crop coming for a fight against a coalition of defenders in a winner-takes-the-Mississippi-River-System, peace treaties be damned, perhaps they will realize other instances in history are more than 15 minutes of Dolly Madison jokes.

Also surprising, but maybe it shouldn't be anymore, a book this age is listed at Amazon, and at an extremely reasonable price for a hardcover book. Link is to that page.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice writeup, KS.
Better dust out your shelter.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Thanks Skid; found it in the family storage a bit back and read it every time I had a chance.

Yup, sky is looking a little jumpy at the moment.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/28/2019 19:47 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Behind The Lines: Generals Vs Islamists In Libya
[Jpost] Regional rivals clash via proxies in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...

The offensive by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Home Front: Politix
Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice
[The Federalist] This article includes rhetorical uses of profanity.

It’s a damn shame I have to wait another 20 months to vote for President Trump. I wish I could do it now. Twice. Or better yet, in as many jurisdictions as I can. Preferably in every swing district and every swing state.

Yeah, yeah, I know ‐ sadly, I can’t. It’s been a hell of a ride these past couple of years, and I sure hope it doesn’t end next November.

I am a middle-of-the-road Republican who voted for Trump with the utmost reluctance in 2016. He sure wasn’t perfect. He was no Cicero, either‐‐though he can give a decent speech when the chips are down. He had a few extra skeletons rattling in his closet, especially compared to colorless non-entities like Jeb. So yeah, I was queasy about voting for an ex-registered-Democrat-from-New-York-and-possible-liberal-now-turned-Republican.

Was I worried? Hell, yeah! Was I depressed? You bet. But, really, what options were there? Hillary? Jill Stein? Seriously? Trump wasn’t my first choice or my second choice or my third choice, but by the time November 2016 rolled around, Trump was the only choice on the menu. So I swallowed hard, took a leap of faith, and pulled the lever for the Donald.

Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen Are Non-Issues For Me
And let me tell ya, every time one of these newly minted Democratic "stars" opens their mouth, the same thought goes through my mind: Thank God for Trump. Trump is my last line of defense. Trump is the only thing that stands between me and these hallucinogenic socialist nut jobs. Trump is what’s keeping chaos and left-wing insanity at bay.

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/28/2019 07:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  and If you were a dem you could vote twice.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/28/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^^^^^^
... especially after death!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/28/2019 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  ... or a jail cell!
Posted by: Raj || 04/28/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Hear, hear.

Didn't get on the DJT bandwagon until after the primaries had winnowed the field. I voted for the lesser of two evils and held my breath that we wouldn't get a Mittens or McStain clone.

Have been gleefully surprised by the result. I can't keep track of the inside political stuff but so far so great.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/28/2019 10:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Let me add,
Every time I hear a NeverTrumper talk, I want to vote for Trump twice
Although many will say it's the same thing as Democrats I wanted to include them specifically.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/28/2019 19:57 Comments || Top||

How the Palestinians Created Their Own Plight
[Free Beacon] Via Insty
Posted by: Frank G || 04/28/2019 10:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: PLO

#1  Lofty, wordy and correlatable but not causal.
Projects a UN directive of British design which the strutting Arabs executed with little regard for the 2nd class(?) Paleos because nobody wanted them as mates or allies.

See the Cubans escaped from Mexican detention camps. "I want", "Gimme", "Feed us". They brought nothing with them but expectations.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Wow, that's harsh dude. Back off the juice a little.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 15:04 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
The New York Times's latest error of judgment: this anti-Semitic cartoon
Cartoon at link
Breitbart has more responses to the New York Times’ vicious idiocy here.
[Spectator USA] Easter worshippers who opened Thursday's copy of the International Edition of the New York Times were treated to a cartoon to warm the cockles of white supremacists, Islamists and lovers of "Edelweiss" everywhere. The cartoon, apparently by a Portuguese artist named Antonio Espresso, depicted a blind Donald Trump, resplendent in the kippah he wears at all times except when the cameras are near, being led by Benjamin Netanyahu in the form of a sausage dog, wearing the Star of David dog collar that all sausage dogs wear.

Some people published something, and now all those over-sensitive Jews are blaming the entire New York Times for it. How thin-skinned they are. I mean, it's not like this cartoon says that a tiny country on the other side of the world controls the president of the most powerful country in the world.

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Posted by: Frank G || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Worst Nazi ever!
Posted by: Raj || 04/28/2019 6:27 Comments || Top||

#3  So, the Slimes is a trope reporting rag, not news? (Artie Johnson voice) Verrry interesting!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/28/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#4  All that, and not even original. Apparently the same image was used featuring Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/28/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#5  just testing to see if the anti-jewish trend had reached the point where no one would have complained
Posted by: Slats Omusort6417 || 04/28/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Wow that's some Elders of Zion level agitprop. Never thought I'd see this in the 21st century.
Posted by: Regular joe || 04/28/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Hitler would have been proud.
Posted by: warthogswife || 04/28/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Why is that hat for sun block so popular?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Less vile than proudly displaying an award for lying about a communist created famine that killed millions.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/28/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2019-04-28
  Father, brothers of alleged Sri Lanka bombing mastermind killed
Sat 2019-04-27
  Sri Lanka - Inside help?
Fri 2019-04-26
  Jihadists 'blow themselves up' as soldiers raid suicide vest factory in Sri Lanka
Thu 2019-04-25
  Trump says sending ‘armed soldiers’ to US-Mexico border
Wed 2019-04-24
  Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism crimes, most of them minority Shiites
Tue 2019-04-23
  IS claims Sri Lanka blasts
Mon 2019-04-22
  Sri Lanka explosions, 24 arrested, 290+ dead, 8 kabooms
Sun 2019-04-21
  3 churches bombed at Easter services in Sri Lanka 262 Dead
Sat 2019-04-20
  Woman killed after shots fired during violent riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Fri 2019-04-19
  Islamic State Declared A New Wilaya In Africa
Thu 2019-04-18
  German Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Recruiting ISIS Members To Syria
Wed 2019-04-17
  Houthis in Yemen introduced a new airburst ballistic missile that spreads 14,000 pieces of shrapnel over a large area
Tue 2019-04-16
  Violence and dozens of arson attacks in Copenhagen after anti-Islam politician throws Koran in migrant neighbourhood
Mon 2019-04-15
  Notre Dame Cathedral is burning
Sun 2019-04-14
  Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand succumbs to injuries sustained in an airstrike

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