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I am old, fat and arthritic, and I laugh about it. I am a Christian. Patty and I have been married 46 years, and boy did I luck out there. We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I served in the Corps (there is no Corps but the United States Marine Corps and Chesty Puller was its prophet). I worked as a computer programmer and database administrator.

I read a lot of history. I like to kayak. I like to draw.

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First grenades.
timon_phocas comments on May 20, 2021:
Howdy @guru, @HistoryCorner, And they make nice lawn ornaments, too. Keep door to door salesmen away...
Germany was once a cluster of small kingdoms, duchies and principalities – which were unified as ...
timon_phocas comments on May 20, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, I remember watching the Berlin Wall go up on TV reports as a child. It grew to an enormous system stretching across whole of Germany. The US Army had special schools training troops how to patrol alongside it. You had to be "wall certified" to patrol the border. It seemed as permanent as a mountain chain. I never thought it would come down. I never thought the Russians would allow Germany to reunite. Not after 2 disasterous wars with them. And yet it did. I keep a German poster of the Berlin Wall coming down, labelled simply 8 Nov. 89 as a reminder that impossible things happen in history.
Early Americans Used Corn Cobs as Toilet Paper.
timon_phocas comments on May 19, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, My mother was born on a farm back in 1922. They had two farms actually, one in the Central Valley and one in in a mountain valley about a hundred miles to the north east. Every Spring they would have a family wagon train to the mountain farm. Her first memories were of these wagon trips. I say this to introduce the concept that she used corncobs for those necessary tasks. Back in the seventies there was one of those panic rumors about a shortage of toilet paper. I came home one day to find an entire closet, floor to ceiling, full of toilet paper. Insurance, I suppose, against the return of corncobs.
[newsweek.
timon_phocas comments on May 18, 2021:
Neaderthals are healthier, it seems.
Neanderthals Mass Produced Tools in a "Flintstone Factory" 60,000 Years Ago.
timon_phocas comments on May 18, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, There is an outcropping of obsidian in Yellowstone National Park. It was used by native american tribes for edged implements. It was also used for trade purposes. Arrowheads, spear points, etc made from it have been found from Canada to the Ohio River Valley. Interesting how similar needs make for similar actions. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsidian_Cliff
A clue from God Himself that His word carries nuances in the message, by design.
timon_phocas comments on May 17, 2021:
Howdy @eschatologyguy, I working through Leviticus now. So many images of the coming Christ. The public health rules are so forward looking, much like my training as an EMT/nurse. All through it is the utter and absolute holiness of our Creator.
Do you think sloths are cute?
timon_phocas comments on May 17, 2021:
Giant, dim witted, barely moving herbivores with giant claws? Are you sure you aren't describing bureaucrats?
1945 July 16: USA tests a fission bomb based on plutonium-239, the "Trinity Test".
timon_phocas comments on May 17, 2021:
Howdy @jaymaron, I think if the end result of the Manhattan Project was anything other than nuclear weapons it would have gotten a Nobel Prize. Extraordinary brilliance, amazing leaps of understanding.
Sumer is the earliest known civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia (now ...
timon_phocas comments on May 17, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, I'm interested in the parallels between Babylonian and Greek literature.The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey both deal with mortality as a central theme. Gilgamesh desperately seeks eternal life and finally reconciles himself to mortality. Odysseus is offered immortality as a plaything of the gods but chooses a mortal life with his wife instead. The human condition never changes.
Blue Origin to Zero, Bezos to Lose Billions Blue Origin is set for bankruptcy by late 2022 after...
timon_phocas comments on May 17, 2021:
Howdy @Hamulus, Blue Origin and Bezos are a puzzlement. Its motto, Gradatim Ferociter” means “Step by Step Ferociously”. I suppose that can also mean deliberate relentlessness. It worked for Amazon, but Musk's version of relentlessness seems to produce better results. A couple of years ago there were a lot of articles discussing whether Blue Origin or SpaceX would make it to the Moon first. Not now.
Dominion is filing punitive, costly lawsuits against anyone who reveals the truth.
timon_phocas comments on May 16, 2021:
Howdy @Winterbear, I think the lawsuits are for headlines, not results. They might also serve the purpose of causing the targets to lawyer up. The last thing Dominion wants is for discovery to proceed.
Church plans to delete "husband and wife" from future wedding vows [thedailykenn.blogspot.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 16, 2021:
Howdy @dizzynews, Mary Queen of Scots said of John Knox (founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland), "I am afraid of him, for when he prays, God listens." The heirs of John Knox have turned away from one of the Bible's fundamental teachings. In doing so they have undercut their own authority. Christianity is a revealed religion. Its authority comes from what is divinely revealed in Scriptures. Every time we turn away from divinely revealed truth and embrace currently fashionable trends, we cut ourselves off from that divine authority and make ourselves less relevant. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "...professing themselves wise, they became fools..." I am sorry for the heirs of John Knox.
The Oldest Human Found In Australia was Mungo Man.
timon_phocas comments on May 16, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, California’s Unemployment-Claim Backlog Grows as Embattled Gov Newsom Faces Reelection... Maybe he died waiting for unemployment benefits? https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/californias-unemployment-claim-backlog-grows-as-embattled-gov-newsom-faces-reelection/
The history of organized firefighting began in ancient Rome while under the rule of Augustus.
timon_phocas comments on May 16, 2021:
Hence the term, "Firesale Prices"?
TFI Global seems to be a pretty good source for International News Especially Items “Asia ...
timon_phocas comments on May 16, 2021:
How @Bay0Wulf, It is traditional to appoint a prestigious elder statesman to ambassador to Japan. Mike Mansfield, Walter Mondale, Howard Baker, Tom Foley, etc.
In 1642, a group of religious mystics from France were inspired by a vision to build a missionary ...
timon_phocas comments on May 15, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, I remember seeing the statue (facing a very beautiful cathedral) and marvelling at how fashionably dressed de Maisonneuve was. Statues of American pioneers, by contrast, have the same pose, but they generally grasp a musket in one hand, and are dressed in skin and fur that resemble road kill.
If a Viking man didn't satisfy his wife sexually, the wife could get a divorce.
timon_phocas comments on May 15, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, Interesting parallels in Mosaic Law. I'm going thru some Old Testament book studies. In the book of Exodus it says a woman has a right to conjugal privileges and if a man takes another wife he cannot reduce his conjugal visits to his original wife. Remember that Exodus starts with the Pharoah's attempts to exterminate Jewish males. So I think there was a gender imbalance, making polygamy more common.
Oldest love poem.
timon_phocas comments on May 15, 2021:
Howdy @guru, Boy, I'd hate to be a Babylonian postman carrying all those clay tablets around on Valentine's Day... 😉
I know that many previous generations believed that they lived in the "END TIMES"!!! People I know ...
timon_phocas comments on May 15, 2021:
Howdy @Serg97, The most succinct and authoritative summary of the End Times is called the Olivet Discourse. It is recorded in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13 and Luke 21. First, it tells us not to be deceived. There will be many signs, many dire crises, and many false messiahs. In addition, it says nobody but God himself will know when the true messiah is to return. There are, however, signs of the times we must be aware of. Jesus mentions the Abomination of Desolations, when the false messiah stops temple sacrifice and puts his own statue in the Jewish Temple to be worshipped. This requires a Jewish Temple and Jewish Levitical sacrifices. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem is preparing for this, but there is no Temple just yet. Personally, I'm guessing that Palestinians might destroy whatever's on the Temple Mount with rocket barrages, making way for a 3rd Temple to be built. But we'll see.
A Spartan specialty was a black soup made from salt, vinegar, and blood.
timon_phocas comments on May 14, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, No catsup...? It might explain why their soldiers were so mean... English black pudding is a traditional, regional blood sausage served as part of breakfast...
Pittsburgh: The mystery of the Chinese researcher murdered in the US The assassination of a...
timon_phocas comments on May 14, 2021:
"...shot dead several times.." Picayune moment here, but how many times do you have to be shot dead before you're really dead?
In Australia, between 1838 and 1902, it was illegal to swim at public beaches during the day.
timon_phocas comments on May 13, 2021:
Given that picture, maybe it was a good idea...
Among the Irish Celts the coming-of-age ritual was very important.
timon_phocas comments on May 12, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, In Native American tribes this was called a Vision Quest. It is still practiced in some tribes.
Canada: "Kanata" is the St.
timon_phocas comments on May 12, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, What about Canada's brazen usurpation of Norwegian/Icelandic settlements in the Maritime Provences? Sure, they were empty, but couldn't they at least honor the realtor signs on the properties? Mosjoen Eiendoms Companie wants its back rent...
Cheney defiant after House GOP vote, says she'll do 'everything I can' to keep Trump from Oval ...
timon_phocas comments on May 12, 2021:
Cheney has nothing to lose. She's lost her position in the caucus. She will likely lose her primary in Wyoming. She might as well impress the Leftist press. Her next gig may depend on it.
Human Stock
timon_phocas comments on May 12, 2021:
You know how to tell the difference between the two pictures? The intelligent expression on the cow's face...
Daisy's latest is arguably her best yet. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on May 11, 2021:
The sexual revolution was a jujitsu move by male predators. Men got all the conjugal benefits, women got all the blame. Get knocked up? The guy still got to walk away.
This meme was shared to me [lifesitenews.com] [lifesitenews.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 9, 2021:
Howdy @Weltansicht, I shall die and it looms closer all the time. I don't think it will be from the COVID vaccine, however. The very idea that our leaders, however inept they are, would deliberately intend to kill 108 million of their citizens is preposterous on its face. They want to control the wealth of a great nation, not the shattered pieces of a devastated one. If they are this monstrously evil, however, then I shall go rejoicing that my Lord is taking me home.
In the Cretaceous age, 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed, the Earth was a tropical ...
timon_phocas comments on May 9, 2021:
Burt Rutan tried to build a life size, flying model of pterosaur for the Smithsonian back in the seventies. Couldn't do it. He finally said it needed twice the air pressure to be aerodynamically possible.
30,000 U.
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS) was established 30 years ago. It is voluntary. It does not establish cause, only things that happened after the vaccination. It does not currently show thirty-thousand deaths following vaccination. It does show a jump in adverse reactions following vaccination. This is logical because over a hundred-million people have been vaccinated this year. VAERS reports about 2,509 people died following COVID vaccinations.
POLICE STATE: Watch the moment a SWAT team arrests a Canadian pastor [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
God bless and keep Pastor Artur. He has a great heritage, both Christian and cultural. Lord keep him strong and in good spirits. I hope he preaches all day and sings all night. It certainly rocked the house at Lystra.
Mr. Bean may not be beautiful, but could he be considered art? 🤔🧐🥸[mymodernmet.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
And THIS is in 'The Cult of Beauty'? 😅
China Rocket Falling |Latest | LIVE Tracking|Crash Time Updated The Long March 5B rocket, which ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
I remember watching a Russian satellite reenter over the Rockies. Multicolored burning streaks across the western horizon. Some of them were visibly tumbling as they streaked across the sky. Very beautiful.
In 1945, a balloon bomb launched by Japan landed in Oregon.
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
Other Japanese incindiary balloons landed in the Pacific Northwest and started forest fires. The 555th Parachute Battalion, nicknamed the "Triple Nickles," an all Black unit, was deployed to Pendleton, Oregon and trained as smoke jumpers to fight the fires. They jumped into many fires and performed very well. The unit went on to jump in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Ultimately, the Triple Nickles served in more airborne units, in peace and in war, than any other parachute group in history.
Third COVID Wave Will Kill Or Hospitalize 60 To 70% People Who Took Both The Vaccine Doses Says ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
Sure, and we were supposed to have millions dead last May. More disaster porn to keep the population docile.
Build a book?
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
Seeing as how we're discussing meatballs...
You know what Commie kids don't give a flying fuck about?
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
Howdy @MikrHunt, Nice party favor that gal has. I guess that's one up on the Arabs and their "joy bullets."
What convinced me regarding this was Jeremiah 31:16-17, that the children who were "no more" would ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2021:
"all the coasts thereof" The teacher makes the claim that all tribes of Israel had coastal territory. Zebulon, Issachar, Ephraim, and Simeon had no coastal territory. Reuben & Benjamin bordered the Dead Sea only. Gad, and Naphtali bordered the Sea of Galilee only. East Manasseh bordered the Sea of Galilee only. In the NASB, Matthew 2:16 is translated: "Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem **and in all its environs** Young's Literal version translates Matthew 2:16 as: 16¶Then Herod, having seen that he was deceived by the mages, was very wroth, and having sent forth, he slew all the male children in Beth-Lehem, **and in all its borders** New King James version translates Matthew 2:16 as: 16¶Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem **and in all its districts** So I think the teacher's conclusion is partly an artifact of King James English and how far today's English has drifted from it.
Home life with Joe and Rachel
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2021:
Howdy @sqeptic, That might to cure him of THAT bad habit...
The Taiping Rebellion was a widespread civil war in southern China from 1850 to 1864, led by ...
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, Fast forward 150 years. Ever wonder why xi jinping is profoundly suspicious of Christianity?
Freedom or necessary
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2021:
I had to ask permission of every patient, even in emergency situations. I was only allowed proceed w/o permission if the patient was unconscious. Even then, if there was an Advanced Directive, or a Do Not Resuscitate I could not intervene. Patients have the right to refuse any treatment. Why should this be any different?
During the John Quincy and Andrew Jackson election year, American politics sounds more like bathroom...
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2021:
And when John Adams was running against Jefferson they dragged up Jefferson's alleged affair with his slave Sally Hemings. And when Abraham Lincoln was running they compared him to an ape. Jackson was a frontier entrepreneur; wild, impetuous and imperious. Trump's philosophical progenitor.
Second Viking Earl of Orkney, Sigurd Eysteinsson, was killed by the severed head of one his enemies.
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, Can we blame this on shoddy English dental care?
The romans were absolute PERVERTS! In the first century B.
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2021:
Howdy @HistoryCorner, We have whitewashed the classical world. Oh, we make little ditties about Aphrodite and her see through nightie (as though we were still in Junior High) but the reality was far grittier than the lovely white statues in our museums. In Latin American countries men still hire bands to go to their ladies' homes to serenade them and declare their love. An interesting inheritance from the classical world. In that classical world, however, men's drinking clubs went to boy's homes to serenade them because homosexual love was considered far better than heterosexual. Their erotic ideal was a pubescent boy. BTW, this was one of the reasons for the decline of Sparta. Boys lived in barracks from 7-8 to 30 years old and were encouraged to form love relationships with older male mentors. Meanwhile, back on the heterosexual front, temples to Venus/Aphrodite/Astarte were brothels. Too many daughters? Drop them off at the "temple" where they could by raised as "priestesses." Opaque euphemisms for making them child prostitutes. Because, after all, sex in her temple was worship to Aphrodite. And it generated a lot of cash. Just one of the reasons the Judeo-Christian approach to sex was revolutionary in the classical world.
Farmers under siege. 298 Farm Attacks in 71 towns. [foodformzansi.co.za]
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2021:
Zimbabwe all over again. Another prosperous, economically vibrant African country reduced to penury and starvation by kleptocrat elites inciting race hatred to cover their own mass thefts. Dammit.
During the High Middle Ages, the population of Europe grew from 35 to 80 million between 1000 and ...
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2021:
Medieval Warm Period. Bane of Anthropogenic Global Warming alarmists.
Bloody history of torture: Red-Hot Pincers.
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2021:
We don't do that anymore. We use IRS auditors...
This sounds like an example of UN ENGO's and environmental activists trying to influence and even ...
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2021:
Howdy @1patriot, I guess it's part of the general degradation of our society. The Sierra Club had a hallowed position in the California climbing community. John Muir would often take the train up through the Sacramento River Canyon to the base of Mt. Shasta and climb it. The Sierra Club had a network of cabins through the Sierra's and Cascades. They were pivotal in Teddy Roosevelt's founding the National Park system. But they stopped being conservationists and became a massive fund raising and lobbying front for Leftists. My niece contributed faithfully until she was driven to tears by their constant badgering for more and more money. That was in the eighties and they've only gotten worse. It's sad.
No surprise there.
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2021:
Howdy @Krunoslav, I think there's another way to view this. The SCOTUS principle in action is that elections are administered by the individual states under the Constitution. It is saying that if Arizona citizens have a problem with election integrity, then Arizona citizens will have to have to fix them.
Jotunheim is one of the nine worlds in Norse Mythology.
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2021:
And they say the Trinity is incomprehensible...
When Democrat Stephen A.
timon_phocas comments on May 4, 2021:
Lincoln was a native genius with the English language. And what a wit!
Bill and Melinda Gates divorce. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on May 4, 2021:
I feel sorry for any marriage that doesn't make it to the finish line.
You thought Stonehenge was old?
timon_phocas comments on May 4, 2021:
Yes, but Stone Henge is much more elegant and the French lawn at Carnac looks scruffy.
People get upset because of God judging mankind, like the flood or when Joshua made war in the land ...
timon_phocas comments on May 4, 2021:
Howdy @Familyman777, I have begun realizing some of the import of the book of Revelation over the last few months. It's the Revelation of Jesus Christ in His power and authority. It is awesome and (yes) frightening. He's not "mah good buddy Jesus." He is King of Kings. He is Judge of the world. This is Revelation indeed.
Many moons ago, when I was a young conscript about to be reluctantly sent into a war in South East ...
timon_phocas comments on May 3, 2021:
I think there are many problems with America's post WWII interventions. First, its success in WWII and the aftermath was deceptive. America's WWII enemies were financially and morally exhausted, America's terms were generous.The alternative to America was a Stalinist empire. In this environment America was successful. Where America's opponents could harness the national dreams of their own peoples, however, America had a lot more problems. Overwhelming firepower could not overcome a people whose young men tattooed themselves with, "Born in the North to Die in the South" before they went to war. Mary Chestnut, famous Southern diarist of the Civil War, wrote that the north would not be easily defeated. When all those merchants and manufacturers started making fortunes from war, they would never quit. That was a one-dimensional analysis. But a century later Eisenhower called it the military-industrial complex. And interestingly enough, America kept fighting in Afghanistan twice as long as the Soviets did. Public opinion has a shelf life. America's burning thirst for revenge on the 12th of September in 2001 was burned out by 2008. The insurgency in Iraq was defeated, but the generational task of replacing Saddam's tyranny with something more stable was beyond our patience. Finally, America has fundamental misunderstandings about foreign cultures. We think that because we understand France or Germany (we don't, really) we also understand Iraq or Libya or Iran. The big lesson from Iraq is that Saddam was a revolting SOB, but he kept the cockroaches down to a minimum. We didn't learn and we repeated the same mistake with Libya and Qaddafi.
[sharylattkisson.com] 10 Takeaways from Maricopa County, Arizona 2020 election audit
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2021:
Howdy @1patriot, Thank you. This is vitally important news. Ignored by the corporate media, but important, nonetheless.
The day would not be complete without an M-60 dump, would it? [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2021:
Howdy @MikeHunt, A bit rich for my budget; burning thru a hundred bucks of ammo in 30 seconds or less. It was great fun when my rich uncle was paying for the ammo.
[bitchute.
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2021:
Howdy @1patriot, I felt the 911 attacks and the US counterattacks were a tipping point in world affairs. If we were willing wage war, it would encourage other powers to do so as well. They, after all, have just as valid reasons for advancing their national interests as we did. I thought we would see more wars, and we have, but wars have mutated.
Interesting spread of philosophy and classic social commentary writers [asiatimes.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2021:
Howdy @Weltansicht, Thoughtful and interesting. Thank you. The Classical Greeks thought living the full life of virtue was worthwhile, even though life was fleeting and death was forever. Nietzsche thought them foolish for this.
This was posted by “adonatac” below .
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2021:
Thanks, @Bay0Wulf. Calm, Informative video
"Whiteness" is the new "original sin" for evangelical Christians. [tv.gab.com]
timon_phocas comments on May 1, 2021:
I do suffer from original sin. I inherited it from Adam, the father of all men, everywhere, of every race. I have no excuse, and no rescue from that original sin outside of faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ. Within that faith, however, there is no distinction between races, genders or cultures. Galatians: 3 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is [ak]neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you [al]belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. .
Pray To Fauxi...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 30, 2021:
What are those muddy tracks on the floor? Feet of clay, you say?
Caspian Report: The making of an Asian NATO [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 30, 2021:
Arthur Schesenger, famous historian of the sixties and seventies proposed a theory of Countervailing Power. He proposed that any power threatening enough would generate a countervailing alliance to oppose it. He applied this theory to analyse coal companies and unions. I think it's a useful theory in geopolitics. The season of US unipolar dominance generated the China-Russia alliance. The dominance of China in the western Pacific generated the Quad. NATO worked very well. The ABDA (WWII America, British, Dutch, Australia) failed miserably. It remains to be seen whether the Quad works well or not.
DC was once an uninhabitable swamp and they drained it to build the Capitol.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 29, 2021:
They used to abandon D.C. from late Spring until mid-to-late September. The UK diplomatic corps labelled D.C. as a 'subtropical' hardship assignment. And then air conditioning became common. I say we pass a law outlawing air conditioning in all government buildings in D.C. Then it'll go back to being a subtropical hardship assignment. People will abandon it again. Summers will go back to being about baseball and picnics. I haven't the foggiest idea what to do about the other eight months...
yea this need to be a dressed
timon_phocas comments on Apr 28, 2021:
We've seen these kinds of scandals before. They ignored JFK, LBJ and Bill Clinton. Jeffrey Epstein was mysteriously 'suicided' in one of the most secure federal prisons in the country. He had too much dirt on too many people in the establishment. If these were sexually incriminating photos and videos of Trump or his family they would be playing 24/7 on the Times Square jumbotrons. But they're not, they're of Democrat leaders, so I doubt they'll ever see the light of day.
Scottish mythology: the Nuckelavee is a sort of twisted Scottish version of the centaur.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 27, 2021:
Odd kind of gospel, "good news" like moloch's
Military.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 26, 2021:
This, BTW, is what Army Cavalry Scouts have to qualify on.
A lot of conservatives haven't heard of Blackstone's ratio and it shows.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 23, 2021:
Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." And the left has obviously forgotten this famous dictum from Roman justice.
Caspian Report: Ukraine and Russia preparing for a new war [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 23, 2021:
Interesting discussion from the Russian viewpoint. I think the Russians' main reason for wanting Ukraine is demographic. Russia has about 150M people. That's not enough to be a superpower. Ukraine has 50M people. Add those to Russia and you have 200M. Enough to compete as a superpower. This would also secure Russia's western frontiers while it tries to deal with Chinese immigration into Siberia. Siberia is roughly 1.6 times larger than the entire US, with only one tenth the population. It is resource rich and people poor. Chinese are flowing into Siberian like Hispanics are flowing across our southern border.
Harald Hadrada was a Viking who fled from his native Norway to Russia, then went on to become an ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 23, 2021:
Obvious underachiever. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he only had a degree from Harvard in multicultural studies!
Stock prices plunge after Biden announces 'tax the rich' plan [thedailykenn.blogspot.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 22, 2021:
Throw in doubling energy costs, too. Just chock full of economic landmines, isn't he?
Guilty Guilty Guilty
timon_phocas comments on Apr 20, 2021:
A show trial with a politically correct verdict.
Desperate times.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 20, 2021:
Howdy @Naomi, G.H.W. Bush's biography was constantly underestimated.
VDH give a concise review of Biden’s character [amgreatness.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 19, 2021:
Howdy @Jurecki, I've come to believe that 'Joe from Scranton' is not very smart (and getting dumber by the day). Robert Gates (SecDef under Bush and Obama) said he was wrong on every national security issue for forty years. I was delighted to hear that, because that was my opinion, too. 'Joe from Scranton' has changed every 'firm, unshakable' belief he's ever declared. I've come to believe his only 'firm, unshakable' belief is hearing "Hail to the Chief" when he walks into a hall.
19fortyfive.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2021:
It sounds like an exercise at Fort Irwin. The American Army trains for force-on-force combat there. The scripts were changed for the War On Terror, becoming anti-insugent. I think they've switch the script back to big army opponents. The Royal Marines didn't follow the script. I remember a Marine who led a sniper detachment that totally discombobulated an exercise in the abandoned March Air Force Base. He didn't follow the scripts either...
Radegast is one of the oldest gods in Slavic mythology.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2021:
So he was, like, a divine doorman? On a more serious note, it's interesting to see where JRR Tolkien got the name for Radagast the Brown.
Hope you have a big enough heart to laugh with me, American folks! Non-Americans Are Sharing What...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2021:
Howdy @Naomi, America's gun culture started when we were a handful of struggling settlements on the east coast. The wilderness started when you stepped out of your door. When I was in high school, guys would bring their guns to school during deer season and hunt in the hills out back after school. This weekend we went to a (much delayed) nephew's wedding celebration.That afternoon the groom machined out an trigger block on a AR lower receiver. I fit in to all this naturally because I served in the Marines and we all worship rifles... ain't it strange.
Turkey Canal Project. [aljazeera.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2021:
Howdy @JennaGardner Thank you. Interesting article.
'Consensual incest' should be decriminalized, advocates say
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2021:
Howdy @sqeptiq, God didn't forbid incest because he is the Great Cosmic Killjoy In the Sky. There are health and emotional reasons and they show how the Biblical model has surprising benefits. You can't inbreed puppies without terrible consequences, much less humans. Egyptian New Kingdom dynasties, the Hapsburg dynasty, even notorious Appalachian families show that. This is an assertion based on 67 years of life, but I believe humans thrive best when we live in networks of relationships; of loves, if you will. Some are familial love, some are friendships and one should be an exclusive love in which sex is a binding element. But all these loves have to harmonize into your larger network of relationships. In other words, the Biblical model. Reducing human love to desire, or emotional need and then making that most important element of life is dangerous and unstable.
SO CLOSE!!! 49,963 Tomorrow I join the final ranks....
timon_phocas comments on Apr 14, 2021:
Good indeed.
Kamala been busy both on her feet and on her back
timon_phocas comments on Apr 14, 2021:
Our very own Madam Pompadour. She achieved power the old fashioned way...
Harvey Weinstein is in poor health. Karma? Anybody sending him a get-well card? [castanet.net]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2021:
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy...
Surely, you are happy with his decision, no?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2021:
I found it much easier to jump out of aircraft myself than to watch my son go to war in Afghanistan. Or as my son said after two tours there, "Afghanistan is a country composed entirely of hate." Neocons notwithstanding, we gave the Afghans twenty years of blood and sweat, now let's see how they like the Chinese.
Johnson and Johnson vaccine now stopped with blood clotting concerns. Are we guinea pigs?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2021:
Oops, Punxatauni Joe, the basement dweller at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, just saw his shadow! Six more months of lockdown..
"The God gene hypothesis proposes that human spirituality is influenced by heredity and that a ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2021:
What is the inside of a shoe shaped like? A foot, of course. The better the shoe, the more its inside resembles a foot. I would suggest that in the same way shoes are designed for the purposes of feet, we are designed for worship. This is simply the genetic 'footprint.'
BRMinistries: Testimony - "Jesus is Enough" - Cynthia Huber Cynthia shares her story of the abuse ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 12, 2021:
A precious life, an eternal treasure. Thank You, Father God. Thank You Savior.
Interesting... Who is telling the truth?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 12, 2021:
Sure, and **The Fuhrer Gives the Jews a City** was a real documentary, too.
How can you you tell when Biden is lying? . . . . . His lips move [m.youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2021:
Howdy @Poncho69, I don't know. Old Slo Joe slurs so much it's hard to see his lips move. The ventriloquist speaking behind him should get a better dummy...
China fines their own Alibaba to the tune of $2.8 BILLION, Ka-ching, Ka-ching. [cnn.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2021:
Jack Ma suddenly disappeared after criticizing CCP-owned corporations. He's paying the price for it.
Angry Albertan: Update from Grace Life Church Grace Life Church has been commandeered by the RCMP,...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2021:
I understand Canadians are pretty mild mannered, but how long will they stand for these power grabbing tyrants?
This is terrible.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 9, 2021:
I have read about it. It makes me so very sad; very ashamed. A big, hulking man beating a little old lady out of racial hatred. Martin Luther King Jr. was a moral giant. This man is a moral midget.
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, has died aged 99.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 9, 2021:
He led a long life of service. Makes me feel like a newlywed with only 45 years of marriage to my credit. May his memory be a blessing. May he dwell in light eternal.
Truly Inspiring
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2021:
Nice fret work on that air guitar!
So, some people seem to come on social media, and instead of responding to others' posts or ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2021:
Well I, for one, am an outrageous narcissist. Don't know about the rest of us...
Video is eleven minutes long.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2021:
Howdy @SpikeTalon, Yup, all those techies just getting in touch with their inner Big Brother.
AcademicTimes: A new take on space elevators.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2021:
This opens up a number of possibilities. Boosters wouldn't have to achieve orbit. They could hit a peak altitude, detach cargo, then return. The cargo could dock with the elevator for the rest of the trip. This also makes Virgin Galactic's model a lot more interesting.
Natural Gas - Southern Africa. [onafhanklik.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2021:
Howdy @JennaGardner, Mozambican natural gas partnered with South African Industry, that could be profitable for everyone involved.
WRITING OFF STATE TAXES It seems BLUE States Want Their SALT Restrictions Removed.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 5, 2021:
I read that Leftist Senators are quietly shafting their constituents. Limiting SALT exemptions netted the Federal government eighty to ninety billion. Leftist Senators want all that money.
Do you know what this is?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2021:
Electrolux vacuum cleaner.
Kill the Bill.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2021:
I remember an old German who lived through the Nazi regime. He said when they went to church the police would be waiting outside. When they left the church, police would yell at them, "In there you can pray and sing all you want. Out here you belong to us." Eighty years later, and that's how it works in England and Canada. Sad sort of progress, if progress it is.

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