Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today -100: January 14, 1916: The evil day will surely come unless our government abandons its attitude of criminal fatuity

Montenegro surrenders to Austria. The country had been hoping for assistance from Italy, which never came.

Headline of the Day -100: 

Nothing says workplace safety like your bosses having to “deny reign of terror.”

The Carranza military has captured the Villa generals supposedly responsible for the train massacre.

Pres. Wilson tells congresscritters that he’s against military intervention in Mexico, and anyway the massacred American mining party had been warned against entering that part of Mexico. They plan to introduce resolutions authorizing him to send the army into Mexico anyway.

Theodore Roosevelt, of course, wants to invade. He adds that thanks to Wilson’s wimpy policies on Mexico and Germany, if the US does not “do our duty in Mexico,” the US’s rep is now so low that one of the European countries will seize Mexico after the European war ends: “Thanks to this administration, our people may have ahead of them a most evil day of reckoning, when the warring powers are again free to turn their attention to us. I believe that the evil day will surely come unless our government abandons its attitude of criminal fatuity as regards both preparedness and international duty.”

Rep. James Slayden of Texas says the border states will only be satisfied when the murderers are put to death. (Indeed, there is some worry that Texas vigilantes will cross into Mexico lookin’ for a little payback, as is the custom).

Ousted Mexican dictator Victoriano Huerta dies in El Paso from “intestinal trouble” (i.e., he drank himself to death).

German Social Democratic Party MPs expel Karl Liebknecht.

A Canadian court convicts a man of sedition for giving a speech in which he called King George a puppet and said that the recruiting slogan “your king and country need you” should be “your king and country bleed you.” Anyway, the man’s name, very pleasingly, is Wilfrid Gribble.

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