Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today -100: May 31, 1918: America does not want to win this war on points

Theodore Roosevelt’s Memorial Day speech: “America does not want to win this war on points, we want a knockout.”

Lady Randolph Churchill, aka Jennie, aka Winston’s mother, will remarry tomorrow. She is 64 and Montagu Phippen Porch (known as “Porchy,” as though you could possibly improve on Montagu Phippen Porch),  an officer in the colonial government of various African colonies, is 41, younger than Winston by 3 years.

And Margaret Vanderbilt, widow of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt of the rich-as-fuck Vanderbilts, who died on (or, um, near) the Lusitania, will also remarry, to Raymond Baker, director of the US Mint and former warden of the Nevada State Prison.

In Britain, the Maud Allan libel suit against MP Noel Pemberton Billing for his article about the 47,000 perverts being blackmailed by the German government began in April but now reaches the NYT for the first time. I covered this in February when Pemberton Billing published “The Cult of the Clitoris.” The NYT manages to avoid using the word clitoris, because the NYT is no fun.

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