Friday, November 26, 2021

Mosaic of Achilles and Hector found in Rutland

From The History Blog

Mosaic depicts several scenes from the fight at the walls of Troy. “This is the first mosaic depicting Achilles and Hector ever discovered in the UK.” Four panels cover 36 by 23 feet. The last panel “proves that the source was not actually The Iliad, because Homer’s account of the death of Hector has Priam ransoming the body with a cart full of rich gifts after he begs Achilles to think of his own father and have mercy. Before that plea softened his heart, Achilles had said he would never give the body back not even for its weight in gold. The story of the scale with Hector’s body on one side and a pile of gold on the other comes from a lost play by Aeschylus (Phrygians, or the Ransom of Hector) now known only from marginalia and fragments.

Large villa was in use between the 3rd and 4th centuries. Other ruins have been noted by overhead devices.




Wednesday, November 24, 2021


“Let every man honor and love the land of his birth and the race from which he springs and keep their memory green. It is a pious and honorable duty. But let us have done with British-Americans and Irish-Americans and German-Americans, and so on, and all be Americans... If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives; and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.” – Henry Cabot Lodge.

At Maggie’s Farm.

Lodge made that statement in 1888, when "race" referred to countries, as in the "French race" or the "German race" or the "American race."

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘Pre-Christmas Pillaging of San Francisco Stores Continues for Third Day’

From Legal Insurrection

San Francisco Bay Area recorded its third consecutive day of pillaging by gangs of thieves filmed smashing glass cases at a jewelry store and emptying them as staff screamed in terror.

The latest incident happened at a Sam’s Jewelers store at the Southland Mall in Hayward around 5:30pm PST Sunday evening, and was caught on camera.

Robbers – said to have been part of a gang of around 40 to 50 teens who entered the mall – wielded hammers to smash display cases at Sam’s, before making off with goods.

Dramatic footage shot from a nearby store showed shop workers screaming with fear as the disturbing scene unfolded.

Also on Sunday, another gang of looters snatched garments from upmarket yoga clothing brand Lululemon’s San Jose store, KPIX reported.

It’s unknown how much was taken from the jewelry store or the other retailers during the event.

CBS San Francisco spoke with two women who work near Sam’s Jewelers. They and other mall workers said some kids ran into other stores and left with shoes and clothing.

“We saw all the other stores closing. They were panicking, so we were panicking and quickly closed our store and barricaded ourselves,” said one of the women.

“It was very scary,” said one mall worker. “People with no morals, no sense for other people’s safety. I feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”

Police couldn’t immediately say how much jewelry was taken or how much merchandise other stores in the mall lost.

Great headline.


‘What Chinese Colonialism Looks Like in Europe’

From Maggie’s Farm

How European/Chinese agreements work: Sign construction contract with Chinese company; borrow money from Chinese bank to pay contract; watch while Chinese workers get the jobs you thought would go to your people.

Or: “It looks much the way it does in Africa with Chinese companies striking deals and then importing their own factories and a foreign slave labor force to do the actual work. The only difference is that people are shocked when the same thing happens in Europe.”

China has done such a job on Africa and is beginning to make inroads into the Caucasus and in Eastern Europe that at first reading the words “yellow peril” might come to mind. But, rid yourself of that 19th and 20th century thinking. China does what is best for China, without any regard for the countries in which it works. Or, as someone wrote a few years back, when discussing deals, China does not inquire into the individual rights record of a country, only “How much will this cost?” 

You brought your lunch to school, you must eat outside

From Valor Guardians

“Pictures of Normandale Elementary School in Edina [Minnesota] show students eating their lunch outside with hats, coats and mittens on.

“’Since the beginning of school, I learned that essentially if you brought a lunch from home, you were eating outside,’ said Carissa Palm, the mother of a third-grader at the school.

“Palm’s daughter frequently brings home lunch, although Palm says she won’t be anymore after realizing her daughter was still eating outdoors in November.

“’I felt silly for not realizing that she was sitting outside when it was 36 degrees,’ Palm stated.

“Edina Public Schools says outdoor lunch is an element of its COVID-19 mitigation strategy and says it is optional.

But 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS found it is not optional at all schools.

“At Normandale, if you bring cold lunch — like Palm’s daughter — you eat outdoors.”

Because of COVID, BLM, Democratic madness and other means of repression, parents are paying more attention to what goes on at schools. Administrators, school boards and teachers have run things for such a long time that they believe themselves above supervision or questioning. School boards are elected and can be un-elected. Pay attention, too, on rulings from the federal department of education, state school boards and state teacher organizations.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Today Is Monday

I cut my hair this morning. Second time DIY. Seems OK on the front, all even and everything. The back, I don’t know. Feels even, except for small patch shorter than the rest.

I butchered my eyebrows. It is difficult to trim eyebrows while wearing glasses. Not possible. So, I gave it a shot out of focus. Looks like it, too.

I told my wife of my adventures. I said, “I thought maybe you could later do a repair on my work.” She said, “Oh.”

I’ll just let it go, leave everything as it is. I can’t see any of it.

After the haircut debacle, I went to the kitchen and put on coffee. I keep some of my drugs in the kitchen. The instructions say “Take with food.” After shaking out the pills from two bottles, I reached for the empty glass near the sink.

It wasn’t empty. It was, in fact, full. But not for long. The spilled water missed access to the countertop plug in.

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.



Way to go, Brandon

Yesterday, my wife bought four and one-half gallons of peanut oil for deep frying a turkey on Thursday. She got a turkey, too. The oil cost $50.

The Bidens say investigations of petroleum companies are forthcoming. Prices are too high. Let’s face it – Except for complaints received every day about prices, the Bidens do not care what you and I pay for gas, diesel, food and Thanksgiving things.

And another thing: From news stories and political BS, you would think inflation had never before happened in the US. Never. Ever.