Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Letter from Louis XVI on July 13, 1789

Here is a letter written by Louis XVI to Maréchal de Castries, asking him most politely to come to Versailles. It is written by the King's own hand, not by a secretary. Notice his small, neat and orderly script, except for his large signature. The letter shows that Louis was concerned about a potential uprising and wanted to have his best officers and advisors at hand. Perhaps the errors betray his agitation; he was obviously aware a crisis was escalating. In French it says:
Vous savez M. le Maréchal le cas que j’ai toujours fait de vos services et de vos talents. Vous n’ignorez pas les circonstances qui m’ont déterminé à changer le Ministère. J’ai mis le [Maréchal] de Broglie à la [tête] de l’armée et M. Foullon sous lui pour les détails, en supprimant le Conseil de la Guerre. J’ai rappelé le Bon de Breteuil au conseil en lui donnant la place de Chef du Conseil des Finances comme l’avait eu M. de Vergennes et j’ai donné les Affaires Étrangères à M. de la Vauguillon. Vos n’ignorez pas non plus [monsieur le Maréchal] l’état de fermentation et de désordre où sont les [têtes]. C’est dans ces moments-là que j’ai besoin de personnes qui me sont vraiment attachées auxquelles je puisse prendre confiance et qui jouissent de l’estime publique. Il y a longtemps que je songeais à vous mais tant que M. Necker était ici, comme vous étiez son ami mais d’avis différents, je n’ai pas voulu vous en parler de peur de vous mettre dans l’embarras vis-à-vis de lui. M. de la Luzerne m’a aussi donné la démission de sa place. Je désirerais [monsieur le Maréchal] que vous reprissiez votre place au Conseil et le département que vous avez géré avec distinction pendant 7 ans, ce serait un vrai service que vous me rendriez et j’aurais le plus grand plaisir à vous voir ici, mandez-moi quelles sont vos vues.
A translation:
You know, M. le Maréchal, the case I have always made of your services and your talents. You are aware of the circumstances that led me to change the Ministry. I put [Marshal] de Broglie at the [head] of the army, and M. Foullon under him for the details, by suppressing the War Council. I recalled the Baron de Breteuil to the council, giving him the place of Chief of the Council of Finances, as had M. de Vergennes, and I gave Foreign Affairs to M. de la Vauguillon. Do not ignore either the state of fermentation and disorder where the leaders are. It is in these moments that I need people who are really attached to me to whom I can gain confidence and who enjoy public esteem. I've been thinking about you for a long time, but as long as Mr. Necker was here, as you were his friend but with different opinions, I did not want to talk about it for fear of embarrassing you or him. M. de la Luzerne also gave me the resignation of his place. I would like you to take your place on the Council and the department you have managed with distinction for 7 years, it would be a real service to me and I would have the greatest pleasure to see you here, and ask you about your views,


Trump's Enemies

From Townhall:
How did Trump luck out by getting such hopeless geebos for opponents? It can’t just be chance. At every turn, these dummies choose to lock themselves into the most implausible and indefensible positions imaginable, then push all their chips into the center of the table. It’s almost supernatural – maybe Trump won the intervention of some ancient demon by heading over to the offices of the Weekly Standard and snatching away one of its Never Trump scribblers to use as a virgin sacrifice.
Look, I was not a Trump fan at the beginning – I was anti-Trump but never Never Trump, both because I was Never Hillary and because I wasn’t a Beltway squishboy who would take his white paper and go home when my guy Ted Cruz lost. I just had no idea what to make of Trump at first because he didn’t look like any mainstream Republican I had seen in the last few decades. But then, I soon realized that he didn’t look like any mainstream Republican I had seen in the last few decades because he wasn’t a hapless loser. He was the anti-Jeb!.

I recount my conversion (hilariously, according to such blurb writers as Nick Searcy and David Limbaugh) from being anti-Trump to Trump-curious to pro-Trump in my upcoming book Militant Normals: How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy, except I give a lot more detail and use a lot more swears in there. Suffice it to say that my conversion (and that of many others) was based on the undeniable fact that Trump kept his promises and sided with America in a way we haven’t seen from a Republican since Reagan was owning the libs back in the eighties. (Read more.)
From The Federalist:
How can someone know so little about a topic yet be so passionate about it? That’s what I kept asking myself while re-watching a clip of media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussing Gaza and Israel. After dramatically defeating Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, there was a rush to proclaim the young, dynamic socialist Ocasio-Cortez the future of the Democratic Party. Well, if she portends the future, then it’s worth taking her words seriously. Even if we overlook the fact that Ocasio-Cortez’s self-identified ideology has led to more suffering and death than any other in history, her propensity to embrace positions she knows absolutely nothing about is, well, curious. (Read more.)
More on the Helsinki Summit from PJ Media:
Barack Obama -- although the New York Times would burn down its own building rather than admit it -- did an abysmal job with Putin and was indeed the one who was truly "owned" by the Russian.  And it wasn't just the silly reset button and the embarrassing video of Barack whispering into Medvedev's ear to tell Vlad he -- Barack -- would be more flexible on missiles after the election.  (What a toady!)  Even worse, in his Chamberlainesque ardor to make a deal with Iran's mullahs, Obama let Putin play him in Syria, agreeing not to honor his redline against Assad's use of chemical weapons in order not to endanger the  deal.  Trump never did anything nearly that pathetic.  Actually, he stands up strong.

But the David Gergens of the world yammer on that Trump is doing everything wrong.  He's certainly doing some things wrong -- we all do --  but being gracious to Putin personally while actively opposing what the Russian does in his actions, may be exactly the way to get results.  But Trump's opponents don't care about results. Overwhelmed with hate, they would prefer to see the president wounded and impeached than succeed with Putin and bring about a world safer from nuclear armageddon.  If Trump achieves this, however, it will be his finest hour.  It would be for any president. (Read more.)

Wine: At the Heart of Civilization

From The Spectator:
Wine was revered in ancient times as the work of a god. Its subsequent place at the heart of our civilisation justifies that attitude. Wine has been, for us, a glowing threshold through which we pass from work to play, from business to friendship, and from means to ends. In due course wine became an essential part of the sacrament that defines the Christian religion, singled out by Christ himself as the right way to honour him, to be taken at communion in remembrance of his sacrificial death. Through all our art and literature wine displays its distinctive light, offering shared moments of joy, and shining a light of forgiveness on our everyday misconduct.

As a writer and philosopher I owe much to wine. Those long days before a blank page, attempting to capture the thoughts that hover just out of reach like captious flies, have almost always been crowned by some small success when, at 7.30, I pour myself a glass of white Burgundy. However badly the day has gone, the words will then begin to gather into sentences. Life never appears so rosy, Napoleon said, as when viewed through a glass of Chambertin. I would add that, for me, words never assemble so obediently, as at the bottom of a glass of Montagny. (Of course, they would assemble even better at the bottom of a glass of Montrachet, but my budget is more limited than Napoleon’s.)

At a certain stage, when the left-wing press was united behind the great project of forbidding the joys of Old England, the New Statesman took what I assumed to be a suicidal step in inviting me to write a wine column. Our new rulers were keen to target the things that they disliked — hunting, shooting, smoking, the Christian curriculum, the old idea of marriage and anything else that might be tainted with the vestiges of our rooted way of life. And who knows if they might not one day set their sights on wine? (Read more.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Anniversary of the Murder of the Romanovs

 It is 100 years since the night of July 16-17, 1918 when Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarevitch Alexis, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and three of their retainers were shot by the Bolsheviks in a cellar in Ekaterinburg. More HERE. Share

More on the New Book about Marie-Antoinette at Petit Trianon

Sections of Dr. Denise Maior-Barron's book on Marie-Antoinette are available online. Here is one of the sections in which she mentions my work. The novel she refers to is Trianon.

More on Dr. Maior-Barron's work, HERE. Her book is available for purchase, HERE.


Rand Paul on the Trump-Putin Summit

Some common sense at last. A diplomatic meeting is not the time to publicly confront our most powerful enemy about its spying. They spy on us and we spy on them. It's been going on for half a century or more. Any political party or large business or government entity that does not have adequate cyber-security to protect itself from hackers, either international or domestic, is asking for trouble. From Townhall:
Sen. Rand Paul (R- KY.) said that Monday’s Trump-Putin Summit is not about Russian accountability for cyber-hacking and election interference. "I think really we mistake our response if we think it's about accountability from the Russians," said Sen. Paul when he appeared on CNN's State of the Union reported CNS News.
“They are another country. They are going to spy on us. The do spy on us. They are going to interfere in our elections. We also do the same. Doug Levin at Carnegie Mellon studied this over about a 50-year period in the last century and found 81 times that the U.S. interfered in other country's elections. So we all do it.

What we need to do is make sure our electoral process is protected. And I think because this has gotten partisan and it's all about partisan politics, we've forgotten that really the most important thing is the integrity of our election,” Paul told Tapper.
Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s State of the Union asked Sen. Paul if President Trump should ask Putin to extradite the 12 Russian military who were indicted on Friday on suspicions of attacking the DNC as well as other Democratic organizations. Other indictments included going after Hilary Clinton’s emails and attempting to break into state election boards. (Read more.)
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Asperger's Children

A new book on the origins of autism in Nazi Vienna. To quote:
Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities. But in this groundbreaking book, prize-winning historian Edith Sheffer exposes that Asperger was not only involved in the racial policies of Hitler’s Third Reich, he was complicit in the murder of children. As the Nazi regime slaughtered millions across Europe during WWII, it sorted people according to race, religion, behavior, and physical condition for either treatment or elimination. Nazi psychiatrists targeted children with different kinds of minds―especially those thought to lack social skills―claiming the Reich had no place for them. Asperger and his colleagues endeavored to mold certain “autistic” children into productive citizens, while transferring others they deemed untreatable to Spiegelgrund, one of the Reich’s deadliest child-killing centers. In the first comprehensive history of the links between autism and Nazism, Sheffer uncovers how a diagnosis common today emerged from the atrocities of the Third Reich. With vivid storytelling and wide-ranging research, Asperger’s Children will move readers to rethink how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities. (Read more.)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Madame Royale, l'orpheline de la Révolution

Here is a French documentary about Madame Royale, with authentic sets and costumes, and beautiful scenery.