In case you haven’t seen this yet:
In case you haven’t seen this yet:
It’s a selective comparison, but it’s still very funny:
My daughter Allyson likes to customize her Christmas gifts:
This is my backyard, folks:
Phil Davison ran for Stark County, Ohio Treasurer in 2010. I think it’s time for him to get back into the political ring! We need you, Phil!
POLITICS IS ABOUT WINNING!!! 🙂
I love breaking-out this video in my U.S. Survey to 1865 course when we discuss the Gadsden Purchase:
SNL does Thanksgiving:
One of our correspondents, a twenty-two-year-old history major at Calvin College, sent us this photo today:
I love this:
This is from February 2012, but I am seeing Jennifer Simonson’s McSweeney’s piece for the first time.
It was this part of the speech that forced me to rethink my entire understanding of the American Revolution:
Here is what I wrote on Facebook earlier today:
Students in my “Age of Hamilton” course this Fall will be learning how Hamilton, as Washington’s “right hand man,” aided the great general in the takeover of colonial airports at Newark, White Plains, and Boston.
We will also spend a few class periods discussing how Hamilton convinced Washington that control of Morristown Municipal airport was absolutely essential for the protection of the Continental Army’s headquarters during the Winter of 1779/1780. (I think it is worth noting that most courses on the Revolutionary War will not give students this kind of in-depth of analysis. The role of the small Morristown Municipal Airport does not often make it into U.S. History survey textbooks or even some of the best specialized textbooks on the Revolution. Before I started writing this post, I went to my bookshelf and picked-up books by Gordon Wood, Robert Middlekauf, John Ferling, David Hackett Fischer, and Joseph Ellis and found no references to this important event ).
We will also discuss how Washington and his troops “manned the air” and “did everything it had to do” by traveling nearly 40 years into the future so that they could defeat the British at Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814.
One of the more popular songs in Lin Manuel-Miranda’s musical “Hamilton” is “The Battle of Yorktown.” So in this course we will spend considerable time discussing Alexander Hamilton’s role in this important battle. Lectures will focus primarily on how the Continental Army, with Hamilton’s help, was able to remove the feudal lord commonly known as “Cornwallis of Yorktown” from his seat of power.
It’s going to be a great course! Bigly!
If this is real, it is hilarious. These kids can’t figure out how to use a rotary telephone. Is there any significance to the fact that the phone is sitting on a Harry Potter box?
A little snark this afternoon:
REO Speedwagon? A taste from Andy Borowitz’s piece at The New Yorker:
“In my youth, I put a song on a mixtape that I deeply regret adding,” O’Rourke told a stunned crowd at an Iowa City diner. “REO Speedwagon does not represent who I am.”
The Democratic strategist Tracy Klugian cautioned that O’Rourke’s apology might not have put the mixtape scandal to rest.
“If that’s the only tape out there, then Beto moves on from this,” he said. “But if a mixtape comes out with Air Supply on it, he’s done.”
Read the tragic story here.
You gotta love Pittsburgh Dad:
Saturday Night Live strikes again:
Over at Slate, Rebecca Onion picks the best historian Twitter threads of 2018. Click here to read threads from Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Joshua Rothman, Beth Lewis-Williams, Kevin Kruse, Jenny Bann, David Walsh, Seth Cotlar, Keri Leigh Merritt, Heather Cox Richardson, R.L. Barnes, Kevin Gannon, and Joshua Clark Davis.
By the way, you can listen to interviews with Onion and Gannon on episodes of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. Onion was our guest on Episode 12 and Gannon was our guest on Episode 26.