The Cassandra Page
"And indeed, the burden of Cassandra's "gift" is evident in mythology. She predicted the outcome of many disastrous events. In one memorable example, Cassandra announced the dire consequences of the Trojans accepting the infamous Wooden Horse from their Greek opponents. But as Apollo made certain, no one believed Cassandra when she warned her companions about the future. And this, in the end, was to be Cassandra's tragic fate."
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Quote of the day - Camille Paglia
Hollywood Bible movies of the Fifties, like The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, with their epic clash of pagan and Judeo-Christian cultures, tell more truth about art and society than the French infatuated ideologues who have made a travesty of the "best" American higher education.
Camille Paglia - Sex, Art and American Culture, p. 208
Friday, January 03, 2014
Deadly winter conditions prove the "warmists" wrong once again.
More evidence to disprove "global warming" from the Winter of 2014.
- Steve Czaban discusses frigid temperatures and their effects on football fans.
- AP reports on sub-zero temperatures and at least 9 deaths so far.
- Cancelled flights and -60 wind chill temperatures (USA Today).
- storm conditions in New York (Fox 5).
More from NY -
New York City-area authorities on Thursday urged residents to stay home, ordered highways be shut down and scaled back some mass-transit service as a dangerous snowstorm barreled into the region from the Midwestfrom the Wall Street Journal
Update - 1-4-14
The situation will get worse over the next few days.
The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago. At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in because wind chills could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.from this morning's AP
- Ice Bowl II (2008), Ice Bowl I (1967) and 1961.
- Winter of 2008
- Winter of 2007
- Winter of 2009 - 2010
Labels: Winter of 2014
Friday, December 06, 2013
Quote of the day - Mark Steyn - Obamacare - Hoover Dam; Golden Gate Bridge; Apollo 11.
Obamacare is as close to a Hoover Dam as latter-day Big Government gets. Which is why its catastrophic launch is sobering even for those of us who've been saying for five years it would be a disaster. It's as if at the ribbon-cutting the Hoover Dam cracked open and washed away the dignitaries; as if the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to traffic with its central span missing; as if Apollo 11 had taken off for the moon but landed on Newfoundland. Obama didn't have to build a dam or a bridge or a spaceship, just a database and a website. This is his world, the guys he hangs with, the zeitgeist he surfs so dazzlingly, Apple and Google, apps and downloads. But his website's a sclerotic dump, and the database is a hacker's heaven, and all that's left is the remorseless snail mail of millions and millions of cancellation letters.
Mark Steyn - 12-4-2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Quote of the day - Leonello
"It is an ancient opinion, not only of the Christians but of the Gentiles, that the heavens, the sea, and the earth must some day perish; in like manner, of many magnificent cities nothing but ruins leveled with the ground can now be seen, and Rome the conqueror herself lies in the dust and is reduced to fragments; while only the understanding of things divine and human, which we call wisdom, is not extinguished by length of years, but retains its rights in perpetuity."
Leonello - edict issued upon reorganizing the University of Ferrara (1442)
as quoted in Durant, The Renaissance, p. 268-269 (quoting Ella Noyes, Story of Ferrara, 1904, p. 82).
Thursday, November 21, 2013
J.F.K.: The Man and the Myth; 50th anniversary book recommendation.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, I will recommend one book to balance all of the usual propaganda. The book is not about the assassination. It was written while Kennedy was still alive (late in his presidency). It is voluminous and comprehensive. It is humorous and well-documented.
Rather than serving as "revisionist" history, it presents facts that would be common knowledge today if the myth-makers of the MSM/DNC did not control the media and education establishment.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The consequences of tyranny; Perugia.
In case you are wondering what happens when a society succumbs to one-party despotic rule, read the following passage on the city-state of Perugia (in Renaissance Italy). The author describes the result of one party (Baglioni) seizing total power after expelling their opponents (Oddi) around 1445 A.D. Keep in mind the lesson for our own future and the ultimate price of selling your liberty in exchange for a few government handouts. You will not merely be hurting "the rich," the "tea party," "big insurance," Sarah Palin, Republicans in Congress or some other devil scapegoat that the left happens to target. You will be creating chaos for yourselves and destroying your own livelihoods and peace of mind. Tyranny has consequences.
Francesco Matarazzo, Cronaca (as quoted in Durant, The Renaissance, p. 242.)From the day the Oddi were expelled, our city went from bad to worse. All the young men followed the trade of arms. Their lives were disorderly, and every day divers excesses were divulged, and the city had lost all reason and justice. Every man administered right unto himself, by his own authority and with royal hand. The pope sent many legates, if so be the city could be brought to order. But all who came went back in dread of being hewn to pieces; for the Baglioni threated to throw some from the windows of the palace, so that no cardinal or other legate durst approach Perugia unlesss he were their friend. And the city was brought to such misery that the most lawless men were most prized; and those who had slain two or three men walked as they pleased through the palace, and went with sword or poignard to speak to the podesta and other magistrates. Every man of worth was trodden down by bravos whom the nobles favored, nor could a citizen call his property his own. The nobles robbed first one and then another of goods and land. All offices were sold or else suppressed; and taxes and extortions were so grievous that everyone cried out.