Saturday, July 22, 2017

Today -100: July 22, 1917: Of deportations, champagne, the masses, and the long tentacles of Germany

The Bisbee, Arizona sheriff has resumed deporting unemployed men who haven’t applied to the Vigilance Committee for “clearance” to work.

Headline of the Day -100:

Champagne and bomb-throwing, what could go wrong?

Federal District Court Judge Learned Hand rules that the postmaster-general can’t ban The Masses for merely criticizing the government. While the government’s position seems to be that anything that might interfere with the war is unmailable, Judge Hand says if the writing isn’t prosecutable as treason, it can’t be banned. The US attorney specifically complained about some cartoons (I posted one of them on July 10th).

Kerensky blames the Leninist riots in Petrograd on the Germans, because of course he does.

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