150 years ago on these days, Grant completed his encirclement of Vicksburg.
After crossing the river, he had decided to leave his line of supply, forage from the land, and move on Jackson to cut of Pemberton’s supply from Jackson. Completing the turn (Bruinsburg/Port Gibson/Raymond/Champion’s Hill, then Vicksburg), by investing Vicksburg he at the [...]
Chris Hadfield, the commander of the current space station expedition, has caught my interest several times, but not any time more than his most recent post, a brilliant music video marking his return tomorrow. Great stuff; check it out. I expect to hear more about him…
h/t the Bad Astronomy blog on [...]
Update: The F.B.I. has concluded that Kevin Curtis was not involved in the sending of the ricin letters, and is seeking another suspect. Apparently, Curtis was framed. This, however, does not make him a good Prince impersonator.
Obviously, he’s innocent-until-proven-guilty on the sending the ricin letters, but YouTube evidence has strong evidence of esthetic [...]
Reading the Daily Journal, I learn that David Chancller, the former Panola County Administrator, after pleading guilty to fraud involving county garbage collections and paying himself for work not done, became a cooperating witness in another federal case. He was sentenced on his guilty plea, and, after failing to file a timely notice of [...]
Scruggs’s lawyers have asked that he be allowed to voluntarily surrender on April 29th, stating that he “desires to resume serving his criminal sentence.” In the motion, he notes that his attorneys intend to seek both panel and en banc hearings, and “if necessary” certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.
Here’s his [...]
…whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies. Four and a half million are sure and know that the reptile people are gaining control of the world.
I’m sure a significant number of those who live in Mississippi arrived at this conclusion after [...]
Andrew Sullivan and then Dr. X link to a blog post by Ann Napolitano about Flannery O’Connor and her childhood home in Savannah, where a tour-guide told Napolitano that something happened to Flannery O’Connor between the age of 4 and 6 that made her into an adult:
“A little after this point,” he said, [...]
Our finest baseball writer writes about Robinson in the New Yorker:
I’ll catch the new Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” over the weekend—it’s great, friends say—but I need no sports-clip reminders or careful re-creations to bring his front-footed swing or his shouldering, headlong style on the base paths clearly back into view. I will keep [...]
Who is the intended audience for this sign (on a Coke machine)? I mean, who doesn’t know this?!
The last surviving member of the officer’s plot to kill Hitler has just died at 90.
I’m stunned, frankly, that there was a surviving participant. The plot was by Prussian army officers, culminating in a brief case of explosives that failed to kill Hitler. After that, anyone remotely rumored to be connected was quickly [...]