Today In History
They preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the Earth. They are the focus of evil in the modern world….
So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.
(except this week obviously) [Ed note: I'm an idiot] bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D; like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.
Today In History
The defending “Texians,” as they were then known, were able to beat back two attacks, but failed when the Mexicans attacked a third time.
Many of the defenders retreated to interior buildings. Those unable to do so were quickly dispatched by the cavalry. A handful attempted to surrender but were executed. Somewhere between 182 and 257 Texians died and roughly 600 of the Mexican attackers were either killed or wounded.
The defeat prompted a recruiting boom for the Texian army and is a pivotal point in Texas’ fight for independence.
Today is Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday.
In Britain, particularly, the day is a day for mob football — wild, raucous affairs with goals miles apart and teams of hundreds. Scoring is difficult (in some cases nearly impossible). It is basically an excuse to get drunk and run around in the early spring’s relative warmth for a few hours.
It is a very Conference III sport and, in celebration, the NHL has scheduled six of the seven teams in its best division to play in their on-ice version of mob football. Conference III hockey is similar in spirit to these medieval carryovers, except that in Britain, there’s often more room to operate.
In a special Shrovetide edition of the Game Previews, we answer the question: which absurd, lawless and dangerous version of mob football best describes each game?