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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


14h
comment Did the 'founding fathers' of the United States see Oliver Cromwell as a role model?
Wow - that's stretching it. I can't imagine any way in which the Founding Fathers could be called "puritans"; I haven't ready any significant evidence that they were looking for religious reform. I think "not wholly accurate" is a masterful understatement. A lightning bug is not like the planet Jupiter either.
14h
comment Did the 'founding fathers' of the United States see Oliver Cromwell as a role model?
Not sure that the analogy to Cromwell is ... supportable. Cromwell didn't set out to found a Republic, Cromwell's dispute was over more than taxes. On the other hand, I don't recall any mention of Cromwell in the writings of the period.
1d
comment How were 19th century American diplomats paid?
As far as I know the American Ambassador to the Court of St. James today still has to bring his own fortune - pay does not match the financial obligations.
1d
comment Why did textile mill owners during the industrial revolution keep their factory windows closed?
I'm afraid that I don't see any evidence that there was a reason beyond that given in the quote.
2d
comment which faction 'won' elections to the continental congress?
They would have objected strongly to the notion that there were sides - read the Federalist papers on the dangers of factions. Any notion of "sides" is entirely a modern analytic convenience.
2d
comment which faction 'won' elections to the continental congress?
If your real question is about nascent factions in the Republic, then yes there absolutely were. North Vs South. Trade vs Agriculture. Isolation vs engagement. Abolition vs Slavery. Big states vs small states. These factions coalesced around the big issues (North-Trade, vs South-agriculture-slavery).
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comment which faction 'won' elections to the continental congress?
wikipedia has the answer. Could you reconsider the question and revise it so that (a) it is clear what you're asking (b) what you're asking goes beyond wikipedia? This is a period of history that fascinates me, and I'd like to see more questions.
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comment Has anyone ever injured the President unintentionally
Gerald Ford comes to mind - he had a reputation as accident prone....
Nov
24
comment Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Once you have sufficient reputation, you will be able to vote up questions and answers that you found helpful.
Nov
21
comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
The tvyordniznak after the K in "to"? (Ok, if you put it that way, perhaps adding this information wouldn't shed any meaningful light. Forget I asked).
Nov
21
comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
Out of curiosity, can you explain what about the sign indicates the older orthography rather than the new?
Nov
21
comment Why does Latin American history have such a low profile?
I'm uncomfortable with a question that is based on personal experience. Can we revise the question to demonstrate that Latin American history factually has a lower profile? Right now this question is based on an unsubstantiated assertion. That doesn't mean it is wrong, it just means that it is likely to result in more discussion than education.
Nov
21
comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
I'm afraid that I'm going to insist that I was incorrect. <grin> I was in fact confusing the elected mayor (an unusual position created in 2000) with the Lord Mayor (existing in London since 13th century, and similar to other positions throughout the country). The distinction isn't vital, but points to @thehonrose
Nov
21
comment What are all the countries that voted by supporting, opposing and neutral for LTTE?
Google and wikipedia provide no evidence that such a vote occurred. While I think this could be a good question if it were supported by a modicum of research, as it stands, it is likely to drive more discussion than answers.
Nov
21
comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
Not an offense - just wanted to make sure that there wasn't some subtlety that escaped me.
Nov
21
comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
You are correct - I had a long argument proving you wrong typed out when I fact-checked myself and discovered that I was talking out my hat. I assumed that the elected Mayor of London was ancient; it is in fact a creation of this millennium. Thank you for correcting me.
Nov
21
comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
What is the difference between a "historical origin" and an "origin"?
Nov
21
comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
I believe that one of them is that the Monarch cannot enter the city without permission. Others include self government (London is one of the few cities with a mayor) and some tax privileges. I'm not sure if the odd law enforcement zones are also included. I'd put this as an answer, but I'm too lazy to look for a source.
Nov
20
comment How did nobles upon the Grand Tour evade or mitigate the danger of banditry?
My girlfriend the professional historian answered immediately and confidently, "by bringing thugs of their own."
Nov
20
comment Cult related law made in US
It is very difficult to define "cult". Even more difficult to define "cult" in a way that won't violate the first amendment. I can't assert that there is no US law, but I am willing to bet my reputation that any such law would not stand court scrutiny. Plus, Jonestown occurred outside the United States; no US law would have had any effect on actions taken outside the US.