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Da vinci portrait?

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I’m no artist,  and certainly not an art historian,  so I have no idea whether this  is actually Leonardo da Vinci,  but I find it rather convincing.   What is astonishing is that the sketch was discovered by Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection,  while he was examining papers stored in Windsor Castle.

 

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May 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm

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Bush 41, R.I.P.

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Former President George H. W. Bush lived a very full life,  as  this pictorial history shows.   He was the last Republican to win the  presidency by  a landslide,  and may be for quite some time.  The reaction to his death proves true  the cliche that the only Republicans the media likes are dead ones.

Unlike the perennially juvenile Senator John McCain,  Pres. Bush has not barred Pres. Trump  from attending  his funeral.  I must give former president Barack Obama credit for posting a  lovely tribute  to 41,  even though I question his sincerity since he blamed 43 throughout his presidency for everything that went wrong.  I can understand why His Oneness felt a friendship with a former president would be of benefit, especially with one whose son he trashed regularly,  but I have never grasped why Bush 41 gave His Oneness more than the time of day..

At the end of the day, 41’s class did not rub off on His Oneness,  and his last words  were to 43,  the son who followed his footsteps into the Oval Office.

As interesting pieces appear, I’ll update this post with them.

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December 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Macron earned…

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this slam  from President Trump by suggesting Europe needed an army to protect itself against Russia,  China, and the USA.  Perhaps he should ask the opinion of all the Americans populating cemeteries who died on his soil fighting an enemy which had already overwhelmed France.

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November 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

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Happy birthday to the Corps…

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The U.S. Marine Corps turned  243 years  old yesterday.  That’s right  —  the Corps is actually older than the country, since its roots are in the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War period.  They have participated in every major war in U.S. history.   Happy birthday,  indeed!

 

 

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November 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

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Priestly celibacy and the sex abuse crisis…

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I’m afraid I have fallen victim to believing the lavender mafia of the Catholic Church had continued to grow unchecked within the Catholic Church.   Every time I heard about sexual abuses within the church they seemed to be conducted on a larger scale than before.   But that was my misperception.  The truth is that  most of  the abuse was committed in the 1960s through the 1980s.

The author,  Nicholas Frankovich,  also provides some useful ways of dealing with priests and celibacy.

 

 

 

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September 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Aztec death whistle…

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This is not the scariest sound I’ve ever heard,  but this odd screech is very strange, and yeah, a bit spooky.   A  death whistle  seems perfectly in keeping with the Aztecs,  don’t you think?

 

 

 

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May 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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Richard Pipes, R.I.P.

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You may know Richard Pipes as the father of Daniel Pipes who, as president of The Middle East Forum, is performing a similar contribution on the resurgent forces of jihad,  that his father did on Russia.    The father played a large part  in turning  the United States away from a strategy of accepting Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe and its role as champion of global communism.   Of course,  that is but one reason why the leftist foreign-policy establishment loathed him.

I generally have little regard for scholars who hang their professorial hats at Harvard, but Richard Pipes was an exception.  If only Hrvard and the other Ivy League colleges had a full complement of professors as clear-eyed and wise as Dr. Pipes!

 

 

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May 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm