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Posted on February 1 at 8:07 p.m.
@Mr. Schiffman, thank you for a most interesting read. There for a moment I could've sworn I was reading an historical account written by the Curator of the Santa Barbara Preservation Society.
Your composition was most timely in that I had just finished reading "Inca Gold," by adventure writer, Clive Custler, who builds fascinating scenarios in all his works that interweave both fiction and non fiction. Interestingly enough, there are similar historical threads connecting all narratives describing the conquest of indigenous peoples. Since I still know relatively little about their civilization, I was quite impressed with what I learned about the Inca nation as described by Custler.
I do wish the Chumash peoples God's speed and good will.
On Rightful Ownership
Posted on January 31 at 4:07 p.m.
So long as we're talking about the gruesome, it's recorded that in the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Julius was finished with the first jolt of electricity, but Ethel had to be given several jolts before the final curtain.
But getting back to beheadings, it is said that when Mary queen of Scots' swordsman picked up her decapitated head for viewing, the good queen's lips were moving, some explaining that she had been in prayer. Also, in the same viewing, her head separated from the wig she was wearing and fell to the floor.
On The Tragedy of Paris
Posted on January 30 at 6:17 p.m.
So do I assume that the practice of beheading, widely used in the Mideast and later in England under the 16th century reigns of Great Harry and subsequently Gloriana, is but coincidence and a property of human nature?
Isn't that too much of a coincidence?
Posted on January 30 at 8:58 a.m.
On the question of beheading, just how did Great Harry and his daughter, Gloriana, both Christians, come by the practice?
Posted on January 27 at 9:17 a.m.
@JT...You've tabled something worthy of immediate attention, like, a century ago! Indeed, the media ought reconsider sensationalizing in the name of tragedy. On the other hand, also, we must not jump to censorship as an antidote, either.
On Forget Him
Posted on January 26 at 6:28 p.m.
@KV...thanks for your input. It's just difficult for me to remember beautiful Suzanne Pleshette as an "actor." I guess I never made the transition to unisex. You see, I came along at a time when girls went to Radcliffe, Vassar or Pembroke College, with head held high since all were the social/academic equals of Harvard or Brown. I was extremely proud that Mills College in Oakland for not succumbing to unisex. Spelman College in Atlanta held on to identity (after all it bore the name of Abolitionist Laura Spelman Rockefeller). Oh, yes, and Sophie Newcomb College went under to become Tulane.
What I'm getting at, KV, is that I see no need for women to give up gender identity in quest for "equality." There is absolutely nothing degrading about being an "actress" or attending the Seven Sisters (ah, Bryn Mawr, stay as lovely as you are).
I might add I'm not rabid on the issue. It's just we gave up vibrant, vital identities which were always equals in American history, that's all. Thanks again.
On Mass Deportation Targets Black and Latino Men
Posted on January 26 at 9:07 a.m.
@KV...I certainly will never attack academe, since it's one of my favorite comfort zones. But I'm beginning to wonder about something taking place in the teaching of English that maybe you can help me with.
Are we taking this effort at unisex a tad too far? Take a look at this excerpt, for example: "... she accepted the SAG Award for best FEMALE ACTOR in a Drama Series "
I know I'm off topic. But do you see the same semantic absurdity here that I do? What's wrong with simply using "actress" over "female actor"? Two words to say one? Absurd, no?
Posted on January 25 at 9:43 a.m.
@S_T...You say, "But since these men are not from Africa, they cannot be referred to as African Americans." How interesting! And may I ask who anointed you to define anyone's point of origin? Aren't you taking yourself rather too seriously?
The other day, I had a warm conversation with a dear friend of mine, during which I happened to ask, "What are you?" She responded quickly, "German." S-T, you'd be interested to know my friend was BORN in the US. And that conversation repeats itself in numerous conversations with dear friends: Italian, French, Danish (Solvang/Buellton), Mexican, and so forth, all BORN in the US. You see, we came from somewhere since before 1776, there was no such place as the USA.
And you know what, I will never take it upon myself to be so arrogant to "redefine" anyone's ethnicity since that existential definition must come from the person being asked such a question. .
Posted on January 22 at 6:15 p.m.
"Just ask the Jews and Asians who in spite of terrible injustice and far greater language barriers, not only overcame those obstacles, but excelled in American life." A fine point that misses several historical facts too lengthy to go into here.
We must be careful how we translate history. For a look into the histories of both ethnicities cited reveal quite a contrast to the African American entrance into North America. Jews and Asians, neither slave nor indentured servant, came with unbroken histories and cultures intact. In fact, in reference to the Jews, I suspect that the only silk stocking ethnic groups coming to these shores were Iberian and German Jews.
In fact, "The Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, in Willemstad, Curaçao, is one of the oldest synagogues in the Americas." Not only that but the same is said to be the oldest European edifice in the New World.
And for a comprehensive look at dynamic Jewish history, please refer to "Jews, God, and History," by Max Dimant in which you'll notice a striking dissimilarity between the African Slave Diaspora and the Jewish Diaspora, both literally being horses of another color.
And for a comprehensive look into the history of the African American slave descended population, may I submit this link:
From readings on American history written by Professor Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, or Professor Ron Chernow, Yale University, I can't say who is the better historian. Both are superb.
On No Love Lost over 'Illegal' Headlines
Posted on January 22 at 7:54 a.m.
Mejor dicho, "Soy Charlie"?
On Soy Charlie; Je Suis ‘Illegal’