Wednesday, March 06, 2019

March 7 (A Double)

1530 - King Henry VIII's request for a divorce with Catherine of Aragon was turned down by Pope Clement

The pope made a huge strategic mistake with this decision...The Reformation was only 12-years old, and his decision to bar the English monarch from this divorce turned England against the Church.

Who knows how history would have played out if the Brits remained in the Catholic sphere instead of the future leader of the Protestant world?

1936 - Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

This was the first chance the French and Brits had to check ‘The Madman’...But they didn’t have the intestinal fortitude, and failed civilization in an unimaginable way.

This decision proved extremely costly...Incredibly, Hitler gave them more opportunities before the Polish invasion, but they continued to shy away from solving the problem until it was too late and became cataclysmic.

322 B.C. - Aristotle died. His writings included treatises on logic, metaphysics, ethics, politics, rhetoric and natural sciences. He first described language in terms of subject and predicate as well as parts of speech. Aristotelian Logic is based on a small number of unambiguous constructs, such as, "if A, then B": the truth of one implies the truth of another. This celebrated rule gives Aristotelian reasoning the power to establish facts through inference. The constructs also included A=A, representing that every entity is equal to itself. He defined politics as the science of the sciences that looks after well-being. His writings included 'De Generatione Animalum.'

Aristotle is the most well known of the ancient thinkers, and a man with few intellectual superiors. It also didn't hurt his reputation to be Alexander the Great's mentor...Which leads to the question: Did the teacher make the student, or did the student make the teacher?

1921 - Leon Trotsky's Red Army attacked rebellious sailors at Kronstadt, with great slaughter.

It's ironic the last legitimate force the Bolsheviks had to destroy were these sailors, who happened to be the first legitimate force to side with the Bolsheviks in 1917...Such is the twist of fate.

And, 'great slaughter' was nothing abnormal for the Bolsheviks.

1911 - The United States sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican Revolution.

We are long overdue to do the same to guard against the current Mexican invasion.

1975 - The U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.

Changing the rules of the Senate is a simple procedure. It has been done in the past and will continue to be done in the future. Such is the game when the minority party insists on obstructing the majority...
I just wish the Republicans would use these rules as effectively as Democrats do.

That said, meant to set up the Senate as a 'defensive' mechanism against the 'offensive' nature of the House, and the Founders would have very little problem with the fact it tends to hold up 'change.'

1994 - The U.S. Navy issued its first permanent orders assigning women to regular duty on a combat ship, in this case, the USS 'Eisenhower.'

Women should never be in combat, except as a last-ditch need for a country in dire straits...That said, if they are going to take up spots in the military, they must be combat effective, and usable.

Every woman in the military should be available for combat duty...100%.

The logical conclusion is they shouldn’t be in the military at all. The military isn’t a social experiment, it is the first and last line of defense for our nation...But Liberals care more about social engineering than National Defense.

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  • At March 07, 2008 3:10 AM, Blogger David A. Andelman said…

    1936 - Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
    For a fascinating look at the Treaty and its broader consequences down to the present, do have a look at my fascinating new book "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today" [] ... just published by Wiley and available at and most book stores!
    David A. Andelman

  • At March 07, 2008 7:31 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said…

    Thanks David. I'll check into this for sure.


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