Wednesday, July 18, 2018
According to the Roman senator and historian Tacitus, writing some fifty years after the event, a fire began on the hot summer's night of July 18, 64 AD in the southeastern end of Rome's largest hippodrome, the Circus Maximus. Because the majority of Romans lived in wooden houses, the fire spread rapidly through the city, where it continued to burn for five days. By the time it had been extinguished, it had razed four of Rome's fourteen districts and severely damaged seven others. Many important buildings were destroyed, including Nero's palace, the Temple of Jupiter Stator, and the hearth where the sacred fire was kept burning in the Temple of Vesta. The people of Rome were devastated and looked to their emperor for help.
When the fire started, Nero was taking his ease at Antium, a resort town on the coast some 31 miles south of the capital. Concerned with his city, Nero hurried back to the capital in order to coordinate efforts to extinguish the fire and provide disaster relief for the population, with funds paid out of his own treasury. When the fire was doused, Nero opened his palaces to survivors whose houses had been destroyed and ensured that food and other essentials were distributed.
Once the fear and shock had worn off, people started looking around for someone to blame. It was widely known that Nero had grand plans for the reconstruction of Rome, so rumors began to circulate around the city that it was the emperor himself who had ordered Rome to be burned to the ground. Alarmed by the growing hostility of the people and desperate to retain their loyalty, he looked for a scapegoat, at which point his gaze fell upon a new sect called the Christians.
Tacitus goes on to say that Nero created a diversion and subjected to the most extraordinary tortures those hated for their abominations by the common people called Christians. So an arrest was made of all who confessed to be Christian and all were convicted, mocked, and throne to dogs, or nailed to crosses, or doomed to the flames.
That's the story being told 64 years after the Christ thing, which, probable helped convert more Pagan's than the actual Christ Story. But was it true? In his book "The Greatest Lies in History," Alexander Canduci points out a few facts to the contrary.
Rome was not the marble, wide streets of the movies. It was actually a jumble of wooden terraced homes, and fires were very common. So when Tacitus claims that the only way a fire could have spread was from arson, doubtful.
Romans knew of the Jesus story, a minor Jewish prophet who had been executed in the distant province of Jude’s some thirty years earlier, but the Christian sect of followers had barely been in existence for a generation, with most of its small membership drawn from the lower classes.
On this day in 1925, seven months after being released from Landsberg jail, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler publishes the first volume of his personal manifesto, Mein Kampf. Dictated by Hitler during his nine-month stay in prison -- and edited and contributed to by all-the-great-hate-minds-of-the-day -- Mein Kampf, or My Struggle, was a bitter narrative filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, disdain for morality, worship of power, and the blueprints for his plan of Nazi world domination. The autobiographical work soon became the bible of Germany's Nazi Party. In the early 1920's, the ranks of Hitler's Nazi Party swelled with resentful Germans who sympathized with the party's bitter hatred.
Trump and Hitler proceed from the same apocalyptic starting point. In Trump’s narrative, America is on the brink of ruin. At least a portion of his listeners, as did Hitler’s, passionately believes the downfall scenario. Each man is (or was) skilled at setting up bogeymen: For Hitler, it was Jews, Marxists, the hated French and the “lying press.” For Trump, it is Muslims, Mexican illegals, the Islamic State terrorist group and the Chinese who are supposedly cleaning our clocks, and the “dishonest” news media. Yet, like Hitler, Trump understands the importance of the news media to his political enterprise. In 1987, Trump wrote in the book he now holds up as a kind of Trump bible, The Art of The Deal: “If you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you. Hitler couldn’t have agreed more. After a particularly violent beer hall rally in Munich, he said: “It makes no difference whatever whether they laugh at us or revile us.... The main thing is that they mention us.”
“Progress and civilization could be achieved only through the genius and energy of a great personality.”
“I alone can save America, save the world, save you!”
Donald Trump at the 2016 National Republican Convention.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
It was on this day (July 17, 1996) twenty-two years ago that a sleepy, seven-hour flight from New York’s JFK airport to Paris burst into a fireball and plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean. No one survived.
Two years after the flight, with no clear cause, conspiracies flew: Syrian-backed terrorist shot it down and President Clinton suppressed info to win re-election.
Clinton had it shot down because two of the passengers were Arkansas troopers on their way to Paris to spill-the-beans on Clinton’s corruption to Le Monde newspaper.
Then the most popular: a friendly-fire missile strike.
|Pierre Salinger 1970|
The missile strike rumor was mainly being splattered about by Pierre Salinger: a World War II veteran turned spokesman for President John F Kennedy, and finally, the character “Lucky Pierre” on the 60’s television version of Batman. Salinger wrote a book and went on the media-circuit tour stating he had proof the aircraft was shot down by “friendly fire” from the USA. His proof from a video-still of a blip of light headed for the aircraft just seconds before the crash. This claim became more valued when 150 eyewitnesses came out and stated that they had seen a light hit the plane before its crash.
|Salinger as a crooked lawyer on Batman.|
In the end, CIA investigators answered the call by stating that the “strike of light” the witnesses saw, was just leaky fuel, which fuels exploded from a bad wire, and that the aircraft had faulted wiring.
So that should have ended it, but then, why did the CIA get involved in commercial airline flight?
It’s a conspiracy.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Part One: Death of Capitalism
So President Trump is meeting with Vladimir Putin today and the world is giddy. I for one am glad he is, I mean, birds-of-a-feather flock together. And, in case you haven't heard, or didn't know, Putin was elected by running on an Anti-Amnerican/Anti-Jewish, Make Russia Great Again platform. Yes, the ex-KGB (as if there really ever is such a thing) communist, ran stating things like "America is why Russia has Failed." And so the same Fake Communism that gave Communism a bad name, is now a Fake Capitalism which seems to be repeating in the Putin clone: Donald Trump. Okay, so Trump may not be a Putin clone, but he is playing right into his Putin's hands by insulting the democratic leaders in the world who have always been our allies, and favoring corrupt, murderous dictators like Kim Jong Un in North Korea, along with his man-crush on Vladimir Putin in Russia. Also, with Trump's trade wars and statements like, "The European Union is a Foe," Trump himself is stating that capitalism as we know it, is dead. Trump states that every US president before him is an idiot, and that for the USA to be great again, it needs to change to... into what? We don't know, but judging from Trump's actions and words, it sure sounds and looks a lot like the type of power that has kept Putin in power for eighteen years. Is this really happening? Shit has hit the fan in the USA, and the current Republican Party is allowing it because they are a victims of their own hate-media which their base listen's too, and so if Fox News and Hannity like it, it is what is best for the country, even if it means never having a free election again, well, at least not until it benefits Democrats. It really isn't far-fetched reasoning here to wonder what they will do when Trump completes his Putin-nization and announces that there won't be an election because no one else is as smart as him and capable of saving the country from more idiots like former presidents Obama and Bush.
Part Two: The USA stands no chance against Putin with Trump as President.
When dealing with Putin, Trump is either a trader and willing to sell out our country for his own personal gain, i.e., Benedict Arnold -- who's death day happens to be Trump's birthday -- or, Trump is just an idiot; either way we lose.
Say what you will about Vladimir Putin, but he has been running Russia for eighteen years, where Trump has only been ruining the USA for eighteen months. Also, note, Trump has made a lot of money in Russia, a fact why we will not ever see his tax-returns. And, with this combination of Trump thinking he is the smartest man ever (you have to give me this based on his every word), and his fond memories of previous dealing with Putin, Putin will win. How this will probably play out: capitalism will go the way of communism and we will be left with fake news, fake elections, and a fake president: Russian capitalism.
Good bye Capitalism, hello Putin-ism (soon to be one word).
|Trump Mocking Capitalism|
Sunday, July 15, 2018
The Gnostics interpreted the story of Genesis differently than did ancient Jews and Christians. To the Gnostics, Adam and Eve were not historical people, the predecessors of humankind, or the original couple who brought sin upon humanity, but rather the personification of two principles indwelling in humans. While Adam personified the soul, Eve represented the spirit. Adam represented the "lower self" and Eve the "higher self." Right away you can see the problem that orthodox Christianity might have with this idea because it places Eve in a superior position to that of Adam.
The Gnostics viewed Eve as Adam's numinous "awakener." The second century Gnostic text titled Apocryphon of John reveals that Adam was covered in the "drunkenness of darkness" and he awakened when Luminous Epinoia (or Eve) appeared and "lifted the veil which lay over his mind."
Before orthodox Christianity established the belief in the Trinity--that is, belief in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--and the belief subsequently became part of the orthodox Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, some early Christian communities venerated a deity named Luminous Epinola as the Divine Eve. The word "luminous" suggests light, so Gnostics undoubtedly saw her as a "light bearer," empowered to illuminate the sacred in their lives. The Apocryphon of John states that she is humanity's capacity to know God. The narrator of the Apocryphon of John asked Jesus if every human receives her, to which Jesus replied, "Yes."
The Gnostic Eve stands in dramatic contrast to the Orthodox Christian view of Eve as a weak, impressionable woman, powerless to resist the Serpent's temptation to eat from the tree in the center of the Garden of Eden. Eve "saw that the tree was good for food...pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise" (Genesis 3:6). She wanted those things. Consider this in the cultural context of the times of Jesus, when women were considered the property of men. Because of the times in which they lived, women were not educated and likely not well versed in the ancient scriptures, although they would have had some knowledge in order to train their children and practice the faith themselves. Until Jesus came along with his egalitarian beliefs and practices, women were not thought capable of understanding the deep wisdom of the scriptures. Many Jews and Christians saw Eve's act of defiance at disobeying God, of eating the apple, and of involving Adam by offering him a taste as a sin against the Father God. The second chapter of 1 Timothy describes the blame assigned to Eve for desiring knowledge and partaking of the forbidding fruit.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives in 1971, only twelve were woman; in the Senate there was only one woman. With woman the population majority at the time, something wasn't right, and so on July 13 of that year, three hundred women gather in Washington, D.C. to found the National Women's Political Caucus.
As of May 2018 there are 84 woman in congress making the percentage 19.3%. This is way better than 1971, but not as good as it will be next year at this time, for there are 472 woman running for congress this year, and even better, it includes more woman of color than ever before. The Cut online magazine calls it The Other Women's March on Washington and the fastest way to fix a broken system.
While the vision of women storming the ramparts of government is radical from one vantage point, from others it’s as American as the idea of representative democracy laid out by our forefathers (like Great-great-great-great-grandpa Frelinghuysen!). “Representative citizens coming from all parts of the nation, cobblers and farmers — that was what was intended by the founders,” says Marie Newman, a former small-business owner and anti-bullying advocate who is challenging Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski in a primary. “You come to the House for a while and bring your ideas and then you probably go back to your life.” Not only has her opponent been in office for 13 years, Newman notes, but his father held the same seat for 20 years before that. “It’s a family that has reigned supreme, like a monarchy, for over 30 years,” she says.
And why is there an uptick in woman running for congress?
You guessed: The Tic-Tac Man Himself.
On this day in 1985, Live Aid concerts were concurrently held in Philadelphia and London to raise money for African famine relief. Forty bands played for a total of sixteen hours before an audience of 1.6 billion people, viewing to 156 countries. It was such a huge event, the the band Led Zeppelin played again for the first time since losing their drumming John Bonham in 1980 and swearing to play again.
In true spirit of what really was important, after a few minutes of Led Zeppelin taking the live stage for the first time in six years, ABC broke to a six-minute commercial. Yes, Led Zeppelin came back together which definitely was the height of the show and all the other countries played the concert without commercial interruptions because the television stations decided to skip on one-day profits for the cause, not in the USA, profits baby, profits hold no quarters.
Finally, looks like there is another Un-American activity.
Here's how it went down:
This guy in a blue shirt was asking the person if she was a citizen (note the cop in the background).
Here is the shirt the woman was wearing (note, Puerto Rico is a US territory ass whole).
Here is the cop finally asking the guy to leave.
The officer who didn't intervene has resigned.
And what made this uneducated idiot feel emboldened to confront a woman of Latin decent about her shirt?
Before Trump this guy wouldn't have been so emboldened, even with a belly full of beer.
End of story, for now.
Or is it?
Thursday, July 12, 2018
So boys and girls, the midterm elections will be here shortly, and guess what, it will be the end of Sir Donald Trump's first half of his presidency and we will only have his latter half to worry about. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be a "Reign of Terror" as the second president of this great country had his last two years. The resemblances are striking -- hammer hit, not union revolt.
The latter half of President John Adams’s administration was known as the Federalist Reign of Terror. Because the Alien and Sedition Acts were used by the Federalists to jail anyone who criticized the government, Thomas Jefferson, who was then the vice president, stopped signing his letters out of fear that postal clerks were searching his mail for evidence to charge his with treason. His fears were justified in that more than twenty Republican editors were indicted for criticizing Adams and his administration. Most of them were convicted and sent to jail. Many agents and writers fled the country to avoid prosecution. Members of Congress were also under surveillance and Representative Matthew Lyon was sent to jail for four months and fined $1,000 for criticizing the president in a Vermont newspaper. His constituents took up a collection to pay his fine and reelected him to Congress while he was still in jail. The Alien and Sedition Acts expired when Jefferson became president. If that hadn’t, he would have repealed them.
Ben Franklin said President Adams was “always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes, and in some things, absolutely out of his senses.” While Adams did have his good qualities, he was also pretty, vain, outspoken, abrasive, and crusty. He once described Alexander Hamilton as “the bastard brat of a Scottish peddler” and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense as “a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted crapulous mass.”
Why am I telling you this boys and girls?...
In today's news, the adult porn star who has been in the news because of her battles with Donald Trump and their past relationship -- the jury is still out on what that exactly what this relationship was, but I doubt they were joining in a bible study -- was arrested for allowing someone to touch her for her partially nude show she does. That's right, since she pissed off Sir Donald Trump, she has been arrested for the same show she has been doing for years on some bull-shit Ohio State law.
Sure sounds like the Alien and Sedition Act is back in force yall!
On this day in 1984, six Russian cosmonauts saw seven winged beings who they all thought were angels. No shit. Here's the original news report (in Russian).
According to the cosmonauts on board the Salyut 7, huge “angel-like” manifestations were present outside their craft. They were floating above the Earth and swimming through the eternal ocean of space. These humanoid creatures had distinctive wings, and faces that housed a “peaceful expression!” They even projected overall feelings of peace and tranquillity among the crew members.
If fetus went to school, would the NRA feel differently about gun-violence in schools?
-- Dr. TV Boogie
Action not Talk!
|Kids Killed in School Shootings. What if one of these kids were yours Mr. NRA man!|
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
So the Protestant Christian faith as we know it today starts on this day in 1533 when Pope Clement VII excommunicates England's king Henry VIII when Henry decides to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
That's right, some people want you to believe that the Protestant Faith began 16 years earlier in 1517 when Martin Luther published his Nighty-Five bitches with the Catholic Church. These writings by Martin supposedly gave us the freedom to talk to God directly without the blessings of the Pope. The truth is, if it wasn't for King Henry wanting a new woman, the protestant faith would never have caught on like it did.
Yes, it was that kind of "love" that gave us this religious mess we have today.
Finally, on this day in 1977, the British magazine Gay News is fined after being found guilty of blasphemy for publishing a poem intimating that Jesus was homosexual. This, I really find hard to believe, I mean, the guy was married!
|Jesus with Wife?|
Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the USA met his political adversary on a field of honor in Weehawken, New Jersey on this day in 1804. The two fellas had a gun duel and Hamilton, not being the best with guns, lost. What really sucked is he wasn't a religious man and so the first two ministers (one being Episcopal and the other Presbyterian) passed on giving Hamilton Communion because he had been such a f-kn liberal.
Some things never change.
|Father Time/Mother Earth|
On this date in ancient times in the city of Athens, the Greek deities Kronos, known as Father Time, and Rhea, known as Mother Earth, were honored in an annual religious festival called the Kronia. It also commemorated Theano, wife of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, a philosospher in her own right and patron of vegetarians.
Not a good day to eat meat.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
It was a beautiful summer day like this back in 1952 when the Republican Party adopted the Equal Rights Amendment plank as part of their party platform.
The Spanish Christian hero El Cid dies in the besieged city of Valencia on this day in 1099. It is myth that he orders his body be dressed in armor and strapped onto his horse to lead a charge out of the city to break the siege and, despite Charlton Heston's depiction of him on film as a devout Christian warrior, the truth is El Cid was fighting the Moorish mercenaries much as Sir Donald Trump does today.
On this day in 1832, President Andrew Jackson vetoes the renewal of the charter of the Bank of the United States which enjoyed a monopoly on federal government banking but was held in private hands -- just like today's Federal Reserve boys-and-girls. "It appears that more than a fourth part of the stock is held by foreigners and the residue is held by a few hundred of our own citizens, chiefly of the richest classes (1%)... The bounty of our Government is proposed to be again bestowed on the few who have been fortunate enough to secure the stock and at this moment wield the power of the existing institution. I can not perceive the justice of policy of this course."
It would take 70 years before the top 1% would finally get their bank in the Federal Reserve we now have that seems to serve no other real reason but to protest the wealtiest Amercians from sharing their love.
Why for have they forsaken us poor bastards?
Today is the Day of Holda, Hela, and Skadi. It honors the goddesses of Niflheim, the Norse underworld. Holda is the Snow Queen. Hela is the goddess of disease. Skadi is the destroyer goddess. They hold power in the Trump administration, ha, just kidding, they hold power over death and the shadows. Kind of like the Trump administration.
Monday, July 9, 2018
John Punch got "Punched" on this day in 1640.
Three indentured servants indebted to Virginia planter Hugh Gwyn—two of them European descent, one African—ran away to Maryland in 1640. All were subsequently captured and sentenced to 30 lashes each. But the equality of punishment ended there. The servitude of the two white men was extended to four years by the court, while the sentence of the other read: “And that the third being negro named John Punch shall serve his said master or his assigns for the time of his natural life here or elsewhere.” Thus, by order of the court of July 9, 1640, John Punch became the first documented slave in the original American Colonies.
Within twenty yards of of my gun stands a solitary locust tree, the sole representative of a once noble grove which graced the graceful lawn. Charred from the burning of the mansion and torn by relentless cannon balls, truly "grand, gloomy, and peculiar," its glory has not all departed. Amidst a tuft of foliage which graces the topmost bough, there daily sits a mockingbird which, with the rising of the sun, carols forth its superb madrigal until the first gun fires. What a subject for contemplation, this "gleam of heaven," in the midst of the "pomp, pride, and circumstance" of glorious war! How painfully am I reminded by the winged messenger of peace of my once happy home in the South!
-- Eugene Henry Levy (July 9th, 1864)
Eugene Henry Levy of New Orleans was born in Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in 1840. His ancestors were English Sephardim, and one was a Captain Lazarus, who fought in the American Revolution. Eugene served in Company C, 1st Louisiana Battalion for the Confederacy Army during the Civil War. He was a Jew who fought for the South.
In honor of Athens' on this day the Greeks celebrated the Panathenaea every forth year. It was a six-day festival of sacrifices, citizens' processions, and sports competitions, yes, soccer. No wonder the World Cup has such a following every four years. Go France!