What is a Commonplace Book?

I suppose I should explain the name of this blog. A commonplace book is, or was a sort of notebook or scrapbook kept by writers, scientists, and humanists around the time of the renaissance.  I was first introduced to the concept of a commonplace book while reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket, to my children. Several of the characters kept commonplace books in which they would write in clues to help solve the mysteries that surrounded them. According to the Wikipedia article I linked to above, some writers see blogs as a modern day version of a commonplace book. So, this is my commonplace book.

What Happened to the American Declaration of War

What Happened to the American Declaration of War? is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

That is a very good question. World War 2 is the last war in which we had an actual declaration of war. Since then Congress has sort of relinquished the powers of war and peace to the Executive.

Hugo Chavez, journalism award-winner in Argentina

This is just too much.  Hugo Chavez winning an award for giving people a voice when he regularly shuts down opposition media. Note that the woman giving him the award is Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. She is trying to force Argentine cable providers to run channels run by unions and activists. This is sort of what Progressives would like to do here. Force Rush Limbaugh off the air and replace him with local “activists”.