According to David Farenthold of the Washington Post, corruption in the Veterans’ Administration began with the Warren Harding administration. In 1921, Harding nominated a poker buddy, Charles Forbes, as head the VA. Forbes created a scandal that tainted Harding. Harding responded with vigor:
In 1923, a White House visitor opened the wrong door and found Harding choking Forbes with his bare hands.
“You yellow rat! You double-crossing bastard!” Harding was saying, according to historians. When he noticed the visitor, he let go of Forbes’s neck.
From Richard Fernandez’s Belmont Club
Belarus Re-instituting Serfdom
This news should clear up any misapprehension of the inexorability of what we in the West think of as progress. Western-style progress is not only not inexorable, but it seems to be in retreat across some parts of the globe
British Army Private Henry Tandy of Wawickshire, UK, was much decorated in World War I, and deservedly so. His service was remarkable. But what haunted him later in his life was his spontaneous act of humanity on September 28, 1918:
“As the ferocious battle wound down and enemy troops surrendered or retreated a wounded German soldier limped out of the maelstrom and into Private Tandey’s line of fire, the battle weary man never raised his rifle and just stared at Tandey resigned to the inevitable. ‘I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man,’ said Tandey, ‘so I let him go.'”
That German soldier was Adolph Hitler.
Hat tip to Instapundit.
Demand for premium whiskey has been trending up for some time. Whiskey production is also up, but not enough. Producing new premium whiskey takes time because of aging. And there’s evaporation loss. So supply is not keeping up with demand, and there’s a shortage. Expect both higher prices and reduced quality. So stock up now, folks (which, if people do, will only exacerbate the problem).
Hat tip to Instapundit.
Satellite photo imagery revealed the probable existence of a peat bog in Congo-Brazzaville the size of England. An expedition has now verified the bog’s existence.
The discovery team, from the University of Leeds, the Wildlife Conservation Society-Congo and Congo-Brazzaville’s Marien Ngouabi University, had to contend with dwarf crocodiles, gorillas and elephants as they explored the area. But they said the biggest challenge was soggy feet.
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“We were inside the swamp for three weeks, and the only time we had dry feet was when we were asleep in our tents. To place the tent,.you have to build a platform because the ground is permanently water-logged.”
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Powerline Blog copies the Kardashian-West wedding notice from the New York Post:
Having some Welsh ancestry, I have long assumed that the phrase “welshing on a debt” was a slur, but not according to Bryan Garner’s May 7, 2014, Usage Tip of the Day. Perhaps because I am well removed from Wales, I never took offense at the term. I mostly found it amusing.
A First Amendment Right to Record Police in the Exercise of Their Duties
How can it be otherwise? A right of the police to keep secret their interactions with the public would be a significant step toward a police state.
Accentuation of Regional Accents?
This article suggests that American regional speech differences are increasing, the opposite of what I assumed to be the case. Interesting.
Interesting Examples of How the English Language is Changing (or Changes)
One of the examples is the increasing use of the present progressive tense over the present tense, as in how the English language is changing as opposed to how it changes.