We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Kirsh at the New York Sun reviews a new book on Agincourt, A Victory Owed to God, by Barker. Sounds good. Where do they find writers as good and knowledgeable as Kirsh? Anyway, had to include this quote:
This story shall the good man teach his son: And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers: For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother: be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England, now abed, Shall think themselves accurst they were not here; And hold their manhoods cheap, while any speaks, That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
This is the greatest pep speech in the history of literature.
Here's a funny story:
I bought the movie 'War of the Roses' with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner not too long ago (it was the $6.99 movie at Target). Some friends came over and saw it on top of the tv case and asked what it was about. I summarized it, and they said they thought it was about a War in England. I gave them the really short version of the battle of Agincourt and the ensuing Hundred Years War/War of the Roses. Thety didn't seem to care, except for when I said "Joan of Arc." Then they wanted to know what the name of the movie was that had "the girl from the make-up ads" and Dustin Hoffman.
It's sad that no one cares about history anymore. I shouldn't say no one -- even my wife has warmed up to the History Channel lately.
Granddaddy Long Legs