Jul 17

History Wednesday: The Pioneering Dictator

Latin America is well-known for its history of military strongmen, caudillos and other dictators. That may be the most obvious thing I’ve said all day. Yet it had to start somewhere.

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Specifically, here.

Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia, also known as “El Supremo,” ruled Paraguay with an iron fist nearly a century before the rise of the so-called “banana republics.” His methods were brutal, and his motivations were often … shall we say, odd.

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Jul 14

Happy Bastille Day!

From all of us as SB (yes, even the cats). Happy Bastille Day!

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Nothing says “party!” like storming a prison.

What the hell is Bastille Day, you ask? Well, 224 years ago today it signaled the beginning of the French Revolution.

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