Month: October 2014

Washington Nationals: Wait Till Next Year

Washington Nationals: Wait Till Next Year

Our Hero: Denard Span (CF) bat­ted .302, stole 31 bases, had a fran­chise record 184 hits, made impos­si­ble catch­es all year.

Long-suf­fer­ing Nats fans hoped 2014 would be The Year.

After play­ing door­mat to the Nation­al League East for ages; after blow­ing a sure Divi­sion Series in 2012, we all expect­ed our Wash­ing­ton Nation­als to put a stamp on the 90th anniver­sary of 1924—the last year Wash­ing­ton won the World Series.

Instead we lost the NL Divi­sion Series to a wild card team that had won only 88 games in the sea­son. We lost three games out of four, all by one run—games that could have gone either way.…

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Curt Zoller, Bibliographer

Curt Zoller, Bibliographer

Lagu­na Hills, Calif., Octo­ber 6th— Curt Zoller, a Churchill schol­ar for a third of a cen­tu­ry, passed away a week short of his 94th birth­day. “Over the last two years his health had been rapid­ly declin­ing,” writes his daugh­ter Mar­sha, “but he tried so hard to ‘Nev­er give in.'”

A seri­ous book col­lec­tor, Curt was a long­time colum­nist for Finest Hour, the Churchill quar­ter­ly I edit­ed from 1982 to 2014, where he wrote “Churchill­triv­ia,” the Quiz col­umn. In 2004 he pub­lished an invalu­able ref­er­ence, The Anno­tat­ed Bib­li­og­ra­phy of Works About Sir Win­ston S. Churchill, signed copies of which are still avail­able from Mark Weber, the Churchill Book Spe­cial­ist.…

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“Our Nige”: The New Happy Warrior

“Our Nige”: The New Happy Warrior

N.B. A short­er ver­sion of this piece on Nigel Farage appeared in The Week­ly Stan­dard online

Nigel Farage and his hero. (The Guardian)

A few years ago Britain’s Nigel Farage was a polit­i­cal curios­i­ty, head of a fringe par­ty, gad­fly mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, an ex-com­modi­ties bro­ker who nev­er went to col­lege, dis­missed as a nut­ter by rul­ing elites in Lon­don and Brus­sels. On 23 June 2016, he was wide­ly cred­it­ed with a key role in the ref­er­en­dum favor­ing Brex­it— Britain’s exit from the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ty.

“Our Nige,” his sup­port­ers call him—personable, chat­ty, good-look­ing, beer swill­ing, cig­a­rette and cig­ar smoking—wants Britain, not the Euro­pean Union, to gov­ern British affairs.…

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