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Flanders Field

November 11, 2015 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in Babes, HIstory, Holidays

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, thumb row on row, ampoule That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, see still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now […]

Hey, Don’t Tell That to Mommsen!

March 13, 2015 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in HIstory, Sad Realizations, Sad Story

The Night Dischargèd of All Care

April 15, 2012 by Keyser Söze | 1 Comment | Filed in Corporal Punishment, Courage under Fire, HIstory, Music criticism, There Will Always be an England, YouTube

[Post script. I see when I came back to look at this post for something a long time after it was written that all the YouTube videos that are embedded into it are now dead links. Ah, sale well, treatment sic transit gloria mundi…] Keyser’s written about the scene of the death of Surrey in […]

Ah, Those Were the Days: Family Edition

May 12, 2010 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in HIstory, Keyser man of Mystery, Photography

Not Keyser’s. They’re lost to time on the fertile plains of Pannonia. No, unhealthy we’re talking about the Keyserlings’ ancestors courtesy of the ex-Mrs. S. First, medical we have their great great grandfather about to head off to round up the peasants during the Boer War: Now, seek here he is ten years later (ca. […]

The Malice of God: Tudor Edition

October 21, 2009 by Keyser Söze | 2 Comments | Filed in God, God Lives, HIstory, Vengeance

Keyser was just watching the episode of The Tudors in which Jane Seymour, tadalafil Henry VIII’s third wife, pills died after giving birth to a son (the future Edward VI, who would eventually turn England protestant). Keyser’s always been puzzled about the endless fascination people have with the Tudors (with the exception of Henry VII, […]

Obama is Like Lincoln, But Not in a Good Way: Liberal Outrage Edition

July 29, 2009 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in HIstory, Literary Criticism, Loony Left, President Barry

Keyser said he’d leave you with some stuff to chew on on your own, sale and here’s the first item on the menu. American historian Sean Wilentz wrote a 25,000 (yeah, that’s right!) word “review article” (as we call it in the biz) on biographies of Lincoln (it’s an article in The New Republic, of […]

How Not to Win Friends and Influence Alien Kings: Spanish Friar Edition

July 14, 2009 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in Catholic Church, HIstory, Ugly Idea of the Day

Sorry, sickness readers, health but Keyser’s feeling rather uninspired. The weather’s blah, and so is he. But while shepherding Mrs. S. to the dentist this morning, Keyser came across the following passage in an old book about the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire. Here’s the start of the deceitful event in which the Spanish […]

Salmon P. Chase: “Hey, I Was a Total Jerk” Edition

June 1, 2009 by Keyser Söze | 3 Comments | Filed in HIstory, How Dumb Can You Be?, Humor, Money

In the previous post, generic Keyser alluded to an event in US history that has always struck him as funny, but there wasn’t time for it then, so here it is now. One of Abraham Lincoln’s competitors for the Republic presidential nomination in 1860 was Salmon P. Chase, who was one of the most prominent […]

On This Day Was Not Born In the City of David…

December 21, 2008 by Keyser Söze | No Comments | Filed in Christmas, HIstory

Because the Bible is thought to be “common intellectual” property, check people with no understanding of history or historical methodology often think they can go and use their professional acumen to solve the mysteries of the Good Book. Well, here’s the latest entry in this dismal exercise: Australian astronomer Dave Reneke used complex computer software […]

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