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Great Game Previews In History: 6 April 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

The Declaration of Arbroath, an assertion of Scottish independence sealed by 51 magnates and nobles, is issued April 6, 1320.

Widely regarded to have been written by Bernard of Kilwinning, abbot of Arbroath and Chancellor of Scotland, perhaps its most famous passage is translated as follows:

…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

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[Redacted] Week in Review: Stop the [Bovine Excreta]

by obscenealex

I’m not in a welcoming mood this week.  Get off my [well-manicured] lawn.

Oh, I have to write a column for you to read?  Well [gird yourself] then, you spoiled [solipsist].  Here it is:

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Dallas at Winnipeg, 16 March 2014

by J.R.

After ending St. Louis’ record run, Dallas gets its first chance to defend the Conference III Championship Belt today with a trip to Winnipeg.

Can the Stars start a long run of their own or will Winnipeg get its first title since the Jets beat those same Blues back in October?

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DemocraThree: 14 March 2014

by J.R.

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Every Friday 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.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Dallas at St. Louis, 10 March 2014

by J.R.

How many times will St. Louis defend the Conference III Championship Belt? Tonight, when Dallas visits, the Blues will put up the strap for the fourth time in six days, the latest in a 70-plus day run with the belt, a title reign of Theszian proportions.

Can the Stars end the Blues’ stranglehold?

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The [Redacted] Week in Review: Goalie Edition

by obscenealex

Welcome to the [Redacted] Week in Review, [darling readers].  I’m your host, Obscene Alex.  Let’s get down to business.  This week, with a couple of exceptions, our topic is going to be goaltending.

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Great Game Previews In History: 8 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

evil empireRonald Reagan, in a March 8, 1983 speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, called the Soviet Union an “evil empire”:

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.

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Thursday Thirteen: Down The Stretch We Come

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, we’re into the stretch.

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[Redacted] Trade Deadline Special Edition

by obscenealex

Greetings, [fellow travelers], and welcome to a special trade deadline edition of [Redacted].  Without further ado, let’s have a look at what each Conference III team did over the past few days.

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Great Game Previews In History: 15 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Articles-of-Confederation stampThe Second Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation and submits it to the states for ratification on November 15, 1777.

The full title of what was the United States’ first constitution was “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.” Time and time again in history, the word “perpetual” and its synonyms get would-be statesmen into trouble. The government formed under the Articles lasted less a dozen years or so and there was a little problem with holding everybody together in the 1860s (though maybe if the U.S. had stuck with the Articles of Confederation, the Civil War would have been avoided; it’s almost certainly not true, but there’s no way of knowing one way or the other).

The Articles created a congress with each state having one vote, the delegates to which were appointed by state legislatures. It was a weak central government — in fact, the Articles didn’t explicitly create a nation, but instead “a firm league of friendship.” The best part of the whole thing, really, is the promise to let Canada join up if they wanted. There was no executive or judicial branch. Congress couldn’t tax or regulate commerce and there was no common currency. So hard to believe this didn’t work out.

Anyway, the center could not hold, because the center was made of straw and by the late 1780s, it was apparent some changes needed to be made.

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