The pro-family policies pursued by Hungarian prime
minister Viktor Orbán’s government as an alternative to mass
immigration are reaping dividends, with births up 9.4 per cent year on
Eduard von Habsburg, the Central European country’s ambassador to the
Holy See — and great-great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I of
Austria-Hungary — reported that the “much-ridiculed” policies were also
accompanied by a near-100 per cent increase in marriages and the number
of children per woman rising to an average of 1.6.
Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then
rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither —
unpicked — in farmers' fields.
Thousands of acres of fruits
and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot
because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools
nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.
Towns are never settled, their characters forever suffering wanderlust.
In recent decades, Vung Tau has grown from a quiet seaport into a
tourist destination, its streets filled with hotels and restaurants, its
shores strewn with rejectamenta. But before the developments ushered in
by a booming economy and tourism efforts, it was a city swaddled in the
calm routines of fishing and harvesting.
These photos taken in 1967-68 reveal the town's once-slow pace, but
also contain signs of changes to come: seaside bars with English names
and foreign goods trickling into markets. Cities, like cultures, remain
forever in flux, and the present reality is no more fixed than its past.
The transition one catches glimpses of in these images are no different
than the ones that exist today, as each place slips towards an
unknowable future aesthetic and atmosphere.
Left to right Brock and Brother Henry. I walked straight out to sea until I became tired. :)
My birthday party and I'm not sure of the year. Left to right around the table: Teddy Sharp, Winston Huffman, the Baptist minister's daughter whose name I can't recollect at the moment, Daddy, Mother, Henry, Michael Peters and Georgia Whitford.
Michael was the son of Reverend Harold Peters, minister of Grace
Episcopal Church in The Plains. He and I were going to room together at
Randolph-Macon in the fall. I was working for my father in his office
that summer and remember when my mother told me of this while at my
desk. I got up, walked to the front door, peered through the screen and
was dumbfounded as to why there were cars still traveling on the
street. He and I had double dated some that summer with two cousins,
Jaque and Courtenay Green and I believe it was the next day that I
picked up Jaque. She said that the last thing she remembered was playing
with his big toe the night he left her to travel to Fredericksburg, but
never made it as he evidently fell asleep and crashed into the front of
a tractor trailer full of watermelons. He loved his Jaguar and was
buried with the gearshift knob in his hand. Michael's brother, Peyton
was killed in a wreck after this and his sister Polly was horribly
mangled in a wreck also, but survived. (My first daughter born in Saigon was named Emily Michael Townsend)
Literature, be it works of fact or fiction, might well be described
as a window through which the reader is invited to view the world as the
author chooses to see it. Between fact and fiction though there is a
third world in which the writer is granted literary license to transform
the two other worlds into the fantastic realm of alternate history . . .
the land of what might have been.
The route to an alternate history was first taken by the Roman
historian Titus Livius over two thousand years ago when he imagined that
Alexander the Great had survived his Asian adventures and returned to
Europe to fight a losing war against the Roman Empire. This genre did
not, however, become truly popular until the early years of the
Nineteenth Century when a French author, Louis Geoffroy, envisioned
Napoleon defeating Russia, invading England and ultimately ruling the
world. While both the First and Second World Wars brought forth many
examples of alternate history, the War Between the States has perhaps
accounted for the greatest number, with over fifty authors producing
such works. The two earliest examples of this were novels in which the
Confederacy became a nation without war . . . the first being Frank
Williams’ fanciful 1900 tale “Hallie Marshall” in which an abolitionist
Yankee wakes from a Rip van Winkle-like sleep and finds himself at a
plantation in the independent Confederate States of America. Three
years later, Ernest Crosby wrote “If the South Had Been Allowed to Go,” a
polemic in which the author described the War Between the States as one
of Northern corruption and America’s first imperialist war. Crosby
then offered an alternative world in which the South was allowed to go
in peace and slavery had finally been ended by the slaves themselves all
fleeing north from the Confederacy.
nonprofit organization in partnership with RealClearPolitics, announced
today the publication of a new website dedicated to renewing civic
education in the United States.
RealClearPublicAffairs: American Civics
presents an authoritative and inspiring account of the civic history of
the United States that avoids a blind chauvinism or a warts-only view
of our country and its people. Above all, it seeks to explain, as the
contemporary Irish poet Bono once said, why America is “one of the greatest ideas in human history—this idea that you and me are created equal.”
A review of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee (Forge Books, 2006) by Thomas Fleming
Fleming uses this 2006 fictional courtroom drama to formulate arguments for his 2013 Disease in the Public Mind non-fiction
book identifying the causes of the Civil War. The story is set in early
June 1865 when Robert E. Lee is secretly tried by a military commission
prompted by Assistant War Secretary and former editor of the New York Tribune,
Charles Dana. Lincoln is dead. Andrew Johnson is in the early stages of
shaping his presidency while Radical Republicans use the trial as one
way to work behind the scenes to gain control of the federal government.
On Tuesday night, Real Clear Politics’ Susan Crabtree reported
her sources have confirmed that President Trump is firing seven
inspectors general “in one fell swoop.” She believes the group will
include IGs who were appointed by either President Obama or a previous
administration. She wrote that the President “wants his own people in
those positions now” and noted that, during his briefing on Tuesday
afternoon, he said he had “put in seven names.”
Researchers at Stanford Medicine are working to find out what
proportion of Californians have already had COVID-19. The new study
could help policymakers make more informed decisions during the
The team tested 3,200 people at three
Area locations on Saturday using an antibody test for COVID-19 and
expect to release results in the coming weeks. The data could help to
prove COVID-19 arrived undetected in California much earlier than
The hypothesis that COVID-19 first started spreading in California in
the fall of 2019 is one explanation for the state's lower than expected