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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Love your Mother — The Ma Deuce

 

U.S. Marines fire pintle-mounted M-2 HB (heavy barrel) machine guns.

U.S. Marines fire pintle-mounted M-2 HB (heavy barrel) machine guns.

My article this week in “War is Boring” profiles the M-2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun. It’s more commonly called the “Ma Deuce” or simply “50-Cal” by G.I.s, Marines and other U.S. service personnel that use it. The Ma Deuce is a beast of a weapon according to people who have fired it either on the range or in combat. I have never witnessed one in use, but perhaps a kindly reader currently in the service will invite me watch one on a live-fire range. This video from the Military Channel can give you an idea of what it is like to see the mother of all machine guns in action. Sorry about the obnoxious commercial at the beginning of the video.

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I’ll Return Soon

Surgery and its aftermath have temporarily sidelined me. (Let’s just say that it is quite difficult to type one-handed.) I’ll return soon with history-related news and analysis, and I plan on “soon” equaling two weeks from now. That’s when the stitches come out and the bandages come off, transforming me back into a bi-manual critter. 

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How Machiavellian

Today marks the birthday of Niccolo Machiavelli, father of modern political science. Renowned for his embrace of pragmatic morality as well as his defense of republicanism, he will be forever remembered for The Prince, his guide to practical leadership. History Channel explains how he was more than just a political cynic.

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Lexington and Concord

Today marks the anniversary of the skirmish between British troops and American militia members that resulted in the fight at Concord Bridge in 1775. It is considered the beginning of the shooting war between Great Britain and the Americans, the beginning of the War of American Independence. An analysis of the “shot heard ’round the world” is here

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On Vacation

I will be enjoying my last hurrah before returning to the day job. See you next week when I take up my writing again. 

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The Founding Fathers You Never Heard Of

Thomas Kidd, a Patrick Henry scholar who is an associate professor of history at Baylor University, offers this essay on little-remembered Founding Fathers. It’s worth a read, but I confess that one of my first responses was “John Zubly?” Well, Kidd does concede that the choice is a historical “wildcard.” Read on. 

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July 3, 2012 · 7:17 am