Daily Archives: August 21, 2007

Those who do not know history are doomed to work at right-wing think tanks


Everybody’s having fun with this wingnut who wants Bush to nuke Iraq, seize dictatorial power via military coup, and anoint himself President of the World For Life (I am not making any of that up) but here’s my little quibble.

Caesar pacified Gaul by mass slaughter; he then used his successful army to crush all political opposition at home and establish himself as permanent ruler of ancient Rome. This brilliant action not only ended the personal threat to Caesar, but ended the civil chaos that was threatening anarchy in ancient Rome – thus marking the start of the ancient Roman Empire that gave peace and prosperity to the known world.

Um… Does this guy know what happened to Caesar? It’s very famous. Shakespeare wrote a play about it and everything.

Great, now some other wingnut will say that I’m advocating members of the Senate assassinate Bush on his way to the State of the Union Address.


A woman of few words

Harper Lee briefly breaks usual public silence at Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony – International Herald Tribune

At the ceremony, where they finally inducted Hank Aaron:

At the end of the ceremony, Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with Lee, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd.

“Well it’s better to be silent than to be a fool,” Lee said.

Ha, Tom, she implied that you’re a fool!

I think I actually used to know this guy

West End’s Hendrix running for mayor- al.com

Of course, it was inevitable that someone I know ran for mayor of Birmingham, considering that it seems most of the city’s residents are running.