(September 18th, 2017)

I’ve been posting ersatz journalism, so why not an ersatz column? I plan to deal with many things, shoes and ships, etc., so the so-far title so far fits.

BBC Television recently showed all three seasons of their version of the Three Musketeers, and I was interested in the time period. I looked up Musketeers first and found that several nations of the time had musket-bearing troops that formed the larger part of the infantry. In France at the time of Louis XIV the unit was the Musketeers of the Guard.  Dumas’ Three Muskateers is fiction and historically inaccurate except for one thing: There was a real d’artagnan. (No,you are four!) He was (get ready) Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d’Artagnan. The Wikipedia entry has a caveat about accuracy, but I guess it’s on point here: “served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard and died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War.” Dumas’ d’artagnan was taken from a semi-fictional account of his life by a Courtilz de Sandras. The book is available from Gutenberg, but it’s in French. If you can read French and have as much time for this stuff as I do you can learn more about him (for whatever reason). The link for that war will work, so if you’re interested check the Wikipedia entry.

Here’s d’artagnan.



Now, a complete subject switch, taken from my Facebook page. Followers, this is not addressed to you.

Ah, Hillary Haters! Was it Russia calling your tune? Most of you will suffer no more than annoyance and a touch of revulsion. What effect does the Trump presidency have on your lives? You’re not dependent on what might be cut. If she had won, would you demand her impeachment?

I addressed this “issue” in my poem “I Don’t Trust Her.” I hadn’t heard about the Russian connection or had overlooked it at the time.


Now, switching again, the gender-specific pronoun problem:

His, hers, him, her, she/he himer (that’s mine), and I think it gets sillier.

The problem is that there is no dative case in English, but there is a neutral pronoun: It. Instead of Mr. Blaustein, It Blaustein; instead of Ms. Patricia, It Patricia; he and she, it and it; his and hers, its and its (careful not to put in the apostrophe).

Occam’s razor, here, simplest solution.

That’s it for this This and That for September 18th.


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