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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - George Iii
In the early months of the American Revolution, Gen. George Washington had fared poorly in encounters in and around New York City, and many military critics dismissed him as a backwoods bungler who was no match for forces trained in continental warfare.
When the royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, was baptized on Oct. 23 in the Chapel Royal of St. James' Palace in the heart of London, few thought back to the baptism of another Prince George of Cambridge, his first cousin seven times removed, nearly two centuries ago. Yet as this new book by West Point history professor Kevin W. Farrell makes clear, that far-off figure was not only a fascinating character, but also played an important role as commander in chief of the British army for nearly 40 years, from 1856 to 1895.
W hen Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government, in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, was unlawfully and unconstitutionally spying on all Americans who use telephones, text messaging or emails to communicate with other people, he opened a Pandora's box of allegations and recriminations.
Happy Birthday, America. Too bad King George III didn't win. That's pretty much how CNN host Piers Morgan rang in Fourth of July celebrations, with this tweet: "To Life, Liberty & Happiness — and deep abiding regret that George III couldn't keep his [expletive] together."
Fifty-six grandchildren, and not one of them legitimate - that was mad King George III's situation after the death of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the debauched Prince of Wales, in 1817. This double biography of Princess Charlotte and of Victoria, the heir who was rushed into production to save the Hanover line, is delightfully gossipy, fast-paced, readable history.
When it was rumored that he would resign his commission after victory in the War of Independence, King George III said, "If he does, he will be greatest man in the world."