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Fmr. FBI Director James Comey’s Testimony to the US Senate Intelligence Committee

I read James Comey’s prepared statement last night, after it was released to and analyzed by mainstream US news outlets. But seeing is far different from reading.

Also, has it been less than a year since millions hated this man for interfering with the US presidential election by digging up the case-closed Hillary Clinton email server investigation prior to voting?

Ah, what strange-bedfellows politics makes.

1972 Summit Series Souvenir


A little something that I found while researching the 1972 Summit Series back in December 2016, a complaint letter from the Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau about the exclusion of Bobby Hull, who then played in the WHA.

Source: National Archives of Canada/ Hockey Canada Fonds/ MG28-I263/ e001217383

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass Designer Edition

A 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass edition with vinyl top and opera windows (Future Classics)

The last of the mammoth, gas-guzzling American cars, the Lincoln Continental Mark V represented a peak of American opulence and excess. From the concealed headlights to the huge 7.5 litre V8 engine, from its 19.5 foot frame to its 2.2 tonne weight, from its CB radio option to styling by four major fashion houses, the Mark V established records that still stand today, e.g. 7 MPG on average! One did not simply drive a Continental Mark V… one steered it.

I’ve been particularly drawn to the anachronistic but über-handsome nautical-themed 1979 Bill Blass edition and I’ve tried to track one down as my weekend driver.

Waterloo 200: the 1st Polish Light Horse-Lancers of the Imperial Guard

“Elba Squadron of the 1st Light Horse Regiment Polish Lancers of the Imperial Guard” by Jan Chełmiński

Then Napoleon said, “I count on you. In case of certain danger, I want you to kill me rather than let me be captured.”

Many Poles flocked to join Napoleon’s armies during the Napoleonic Wars. Some of these Poles wanted a taste of battle against the Austrians, the Prussians, and the Russians. Other Poles saw Napoleon as a force of humane and enlightened republicanism in face of arbitrary and tyrannical aristocracies. And still other Poles saw Napoleon as the only one who could resurrect an independent Kingdom of Poland. Regardless of his motives (regional politics, global republicanism, Polish sovereignty or valuable hostages), Napoleon did not turn these volunteers away.

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Waterloo 200: Carabiniers-a-Cheval

“1st Regiment of Carabiniers” by Carle Vernet

The Carabiniers-a-Cheval or Horse Carabiniers in the French Army were first formed by King Louis XIV as an elite force of carbine-armed cavalry. From a high of thirty squadrons during the Ancien Regime, the force had dwindled to just four squadrons by 1803. Though Napoleon did double the number of Horse Carabiniers, and he reaffirmed their place as the elite heavy cavalry of the regular French Army, the establishment of the Imperial Guard not only made the Horse Carabiniers redundant, but also diluted the quality of their ranks as the best, brightest, and strongest of the Empire were recruited by the Guard.

Furthermore, the increasing use of massed-cavalry charges, for all intents and purposes, eliminated the Horse Carabiniers’ niche and made them doubly redundant.

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Waterloo 200: Gendarmes d’elite de la Garde Imperiale

“Gendarme d’élite de la Garde impériale” by François Flameng (1856–1923)

Established in 1801 by Napoleon I to be his elite military police force, the Gendarmes d’elite were charged with the protection of important political figures, the guarding of official residences, the capture of draft dodgers, the defence of Napoleon’s baggage train, the protection of state money and critical letters during transport, the quelling of riots (e.g. Dos de Mayo Uprising), along with the escort and, if so ordered, the execution of significant prisoners.

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