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The Civil War’s Most Inept Commander

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Stephen Douglas Engle, Sigel’s sole biographer, wrote, "What was curious about him was not what he did, but his exalted status for what he failed to do." He was born in the German principality of Baden on Nov. 24, 1824. In 1843, Sigel graduated with honors from the Military School at Carlsruhe, received his lieutenant’s [&hellip
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Ann Wroe’s Remarkable Biography of Pontius Pilate

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Worse still, you can draw strength only from the love you bear for the institution that you serve, from your sense of its tradition, its greatness, its enduring glory. Yet the man who gave you the job is monstrous, as are most politicians: a tissue of lust rising to perversion, insecurity shading to paranoia and [&hellip
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The Year 2000 UFO Abduction Conference Visits the New York Hall of Science

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

J. Allen Hynek, PhD, an Air Force consultant, would have classified the subject of Arnold’s report as a close encounter of the first kind: the reported UFO is seen without environmental interaction. A close encounter of the second kind involves physical effects; a close encounter of the third kind involves the presence of occupants in [&hellip
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Of Archbishops, Cardinals and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

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"After kissing the Pontiff’s hands and cheek…the Cardinals-elect prostrated themselves on the floor before the altar while the Pope read prayers over them. Then…the Pope recited in Latin: ‘To the praise of Almighty God and the honor of His Holy See, receive the red hat, the distinctive sign of the Cardinal’s dignity, by which is [&hellip
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Yukio Mishima and the Way of the Perfect Samurai

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A bodybuilder for the last two decades of his life, his love of self-display crossed into exhibitionism. Thus, the beautiful, homoerotic photographs: Mishima in a fundoshi, a loincloth, kneeling in new-fallen snow with a dai katana, the great sword of a samurai, or posing as Guido Reni’s St. Sebastian (complete with arrows). He even posed [&hellip
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Isabella Stewart Gardner, the Circe of the River Charles

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Bernard Berenson, her friend and agent, called her "the Circe of the River Charles." The man whom she loved most in life, F. Marion Crawford, captured something of her appeal in the heroine of his novel To Leeward, which is based on her life: "What if her features were not quite classic in proportion?… Her [&hellip
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George Lincoln Rockwell, American Fuehrer

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Although Rockwell affected a corncob pipe, his entry was an antismoking illustration for the American Cancer Society. Rockwell believed Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s allegations of communist infiltration into the U.S. government. When recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he studied communism in the San Diego Public Library, where he found the Western powers’ contemporary [&hellip
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