I'll second this.
According to this, the famous deadliness of the Thirty Years' War wasn't quite so big a deal.
Also Jonah related: his moving eulogy for his father-in-law.
Some interesting history on Reagan's days as a gubernatorial candidate and governor. (With a hopeful comment on California's future.)
Mark Kurlansky, LA Times:
No politician quite like Bobby Kennedy has come along since. Had he lived, I am almost certain the Vietnam War would have ended years, and many thousands of lives, earlier. Perhaps Jim Crow could have been attacked in such a way that African Americans today would not still be fighting for equal treatment, and even, again, the right to vote. We are still using military might and horrific violence to bend small, poor nations to our will; it has become almost a way of life for us as a nation. Gun violence is an epidemic, and there is not the political will to curb it.
Howie Carr, Boston Herald:
Despite all the millions of gallons of ink that have been spilled about his “growth” and “evolution” in the groovy Sixties, Bobby was indisputably a homophobe and an anti-Semite. From Roy Cohn to Bayard Rustin to J. Edgar Hoover, he really despised gays. As for Jews, Bobby took after his dear old dad, big time. Joe called him a “hater,” and the old man was a guy who described Jews as “pants pressers,” among many, many other slurs.
A positive review of a book that is highly critical of Freud. I like this line:
". . . as Allan Bloom argued 30 years ago in The Closing of the American Mind (1987), behind every baneful idea in the popular culture there lurks a German intellectual.
"An analysis of modern DNA uncovers a rough dating scene after the advent of agriculture."
Not completely convincing, but more so than I would have expected.
Jeff Jacoby writes the truth.
I think you're always going to have tension in the Middle East when there's people who want to kill the Jews and Jews who don't want to be killed and neither side is willing to compromise.
(Link via Instapundit.)
Huffington Post prediction, timestamped 12:43 a.m., EST, November 8.
"Donald Trump won this one Beverly Hills neighborhood while Clinton took rest of liberal Westside".