He was born on this day in 1874. In honour of the great man, a snippet from the famous speech he gave in Ottawa, my hometown. (Incidentally, this is probably the only truly famous and/or important speech ever given in Ottawa.)
Monthly Archives: November 2018
Cambodia and the Academic Left
There has never been a leftist genocidal regime for which leftist Western intellectuals have not been apologists. Case in point, here.
Lello di Segni
I posted earlier about the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Rome’s Jews – and now the last survivor (and one of the few survivors) of that raid has died. Read about him and what he leaves behind, here.
I love this poem. Francis Witham was a 19th century British poet, and that he wrote such lovely verse about stray cats proves that old plus ca change expression.
“Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth, and food.
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.
While he, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed.
He ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, oh Cat,
I’d willingly relive all that
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well … don’t just stand there … Come on in!”
JFK – 55
Yesterday was both American Thanksgiving and the 55th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy. In honour, I present some clips of JFK at press conferences – such charm and wit! I notice in this clip there are a few questions from May Craig, a real pioneer among journalists. You can see his real affection and regard for her in their interactions – you can also see a kind of flirtation and fun that would get a politician raked over the coals in our day. We have gained much with feminism, but also lost a fair bit, including humour. So unfortunate!
The anti-Semitism the Media Doesn’t Mention
That variety of anti-Semitism — which many in the media ignore — is deadly and dangerous, and it is the kind to which certain relatives of mine subscribe, sadly. I had a “discussion” (those don’t really happen in my family) with someone to whom I am related about these ladies in July – she insisted that no, no, no, these anti-Semites would never be elected. Yeah, well, they have been.
The great historian and writer passed away recently – read this tribute and read Laqueur’s books, if you haven’t yet.
More re. Pittsburgh
Some excellent links regarding Pittsburgh specifically and anti-Semitism generally. First, a couple of articles from John Podhoretz, a real anti-Trump guy who does not blame Trump for this attack (and I am in total agreement there). Elder of Ziyon weighs in here and Ruth Wisse here. And the always-worth-one’s-time Brendan O’Neill offers his thoughts.
This piece, written before the Pittsburgh massacre, is spot-on correct, and made me think of certain relatives of mine and some other folks I know. Terribly sad. Finally, we just passed the 80th anniversary of Kristalnacht (and the fall of the Berlin Wall), and David Frum wrote something at which you ought to take a look.
Armistice Day 100
So many truly moving ceremonies this morning, in so many countries. I thought the service at the Arc de Triomphe was particularly lovely. I am from the generation that read The Guns of August in school, and while it is an excellent book, I think a much better book for anyone who wants to understand (in as much as one can) the origins of World War I is The Sleepwalkers.
I think this article is worth a read, though it is painful. It is about animals who die in war. I know my uncle wrote frequently about animals during his training period in the UK, and also fondly about the dogs “adopted” by his regiment. Please do continue to visit this website, where I am posting my uncle’s letters home from World War II (as well as his poems and family photographs and documents).