Three Times Massachusetts Earned the Title Masshole

If you’re from the Northeast, you’ve most probably heard this term before: Masshole. Some clever person coined this expression to describe, most probably, the person from Massachusetts who had just cut them off in their horse and buggy. Since then, it has come to be a term describing anything annoying that comes from the Bay …

Land Rights and the Formation of the U.S. Army

Land use and land rights within the United States have always been touchy subjects. Just ask the first colonists who landed and were confronted by the natives; for that matter, ask the natives. Right now, ask the armed occupants who are effectively "squatting" on Federal land in Oregon, who state that, "This isn't going to end …

The Oregon Insurrectionists and the Whiskey Rebellion

As it stands right now, an undetermined number of persons have taken over several buildings in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns Oregon, to protest what they see as the unconstitutional activity of the Federal government's use of land. Many of the protesters are self-professed "militiamen," who are armed and profess a desire to hold …

Predictions for 2016

'Tis the season for looking back and contemplating where we've been this year. But that's just too damn depressing. So instead we will consider what we can hope for in this coming year. And the future's so bright that we've got to wear blinders. 2016 is the year that  Lockheed Martin will finally "work out …

Five Bad Excuses for Not Writing this Week

This time of year makes me nostalgic; for crossing the Delaware and wrecking a Hessian Christmas. (Image by LadyHistory) I've been bad. I have not written anything since last week. Here are my awful reasons for slacking. 1. As it is Christmas leave, my writing contributions have fallen as my intake of alcoholic beverages has …

A Day in the Life of a Rebel Alliance Logistician

Today's guest post comes from Eamon Hamilton (@eamonhamilton), who,  like a modern day Bruce Wayne, has two lives. By day, he does Public Affairs with the Royal Australian Air Force. By night, he stands with those who over-analyse the Star Wars films. He can be found writing here. Mom, I suppose it's too early to hope …

A Day in the Life of an Imperial Staff Officer

Dear Dad, You mentioned that you would like to know what my days are like now that I have graduated from the Raithal Imperial Academy, and since I'm on staff duty with not a lot to do, I figured I'd tell you. As you know, I did not get my first choice of assignment to …

Xenophobia: An American Saga

Xenophobia: intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. So, let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, some religious dissenters called Puritans fleeing persecution left their country with its state-sponsored religion for better lands. They arrived in North America in 1620 and settled there. Where they almost immediately began persecuting …

Ethical America and Militarization

A new CNN poll says that a majority of Americans support the idea of sending in ground troops to fight against the so-called Islamic State, or as I prefer to call them, Daeshbags. While it was by a slim majority (53% with a plus/minus margin of error of 3 points), this indicates an increasing desire …