Tomb of Dante, c. 1898 by John Russell Pope. During some religious-political infighting between Catholics, supports of the Pope versus supporters of those who wished to preserve and expand the former glory of the Holy Roman Empire. Dante supported the Pope and was ordered to pay a fine by the Empire supporters the Black Guelphs ( not related to ethnicity). If he did not pay the fine he was subject to execution by burning at the stake. Since he thought he was innocent of any wrong doing and the Black Guelphs had seized his assets he left in a kind of exile. Even in exile Dante invoked God to destroy the Black Guelphs. Though he also became disenchanted with the White Guelph because of their political infighting. Dante died while returning from a trip and was buried in the small town of Ravenna originally – pictured above. The residents of Florence came to regret Dante’s exile and asked that his remains be returned to Florence, where they built another tomb for him. The government of Ravenna refused and even hide his bones at one point. The tomb in Florence remains, but empty to this day. John Russell Pope (1874-1937) was an American architect. Apparently his rendering was just one of many studies he did of various works.
There are a few perspectives to choose from when thinking of Dante. As a horror fantasy writer is one way,
For one thing, Dante had a curiously modern sense of violent spectacle. The central dramatic technique of the Inferno is what Dante called the contrapasso—the fitting punishment that each sinner receives in the afterlife. In coming up with those punishments, Dante appealed to a basic appetite for fantastic violence—the kind that, today, is gratified by horror or science-fiction films. Take this scene (from the Robert and Jean Hollander translation) in which aman is morphed into a lizard and a lizard into a man:
First his calves and then his thighs began
to knit so that in but a moment
no sign of a division could be seen.
The cloven tail assumed the shapes
the other one was losing, and his skin
was turning soft while the other’s hardened.
I saw the man’s arms shrinking toward the armpits
and the brute’s forepaws, which had been short,
lengthen, precisely as the other’s dwindled.
Then the hind-paws, twisting together,
became the member that a man conceals,
and from his own the wretch had grown two paws.
Birds, American paining c. 1840 century oil on canvas. Artist unknown. I cannot name all of them, but there is an eagle, a brown thrasher, a hummingbird ( there are about 14 species native to North America), a quail, a bluejay, what might be the now extinct Carolina Parakeet. That red bird seems like a whimsical version of a cardinal or maybe a waxwing.
US Radio host: Same-sex marriage laws might force a resurrected Jesus to marry a man.
Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the passing of same-sex marriage laws might cause Jesus Christ to marry another man.
The Christian radio host this month said that same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex and that gay people aren’t human and should therefore not be protected under the US constitution.
Lets out aside for the moment the doctrinal issues here, like humans being able to force the son of God or the earthly embodiment of God to enter into a civil marriage, pay for a marriage license or why he would even desire to wed a fleshly human. While it may not seem like it some days, we live in an empirical based world – we have to prove our bridges will not collapse with calculations and knowledge of materials science. We require testing of new drugs and medical procedures. We have to obey mathematical and physical laws to keep from injuring ourselves. We as a society, in other words, require proof of statements – our health and lives depend on it. Now, it seems in M’s Harvey’s world, proof is not required. saying the words magically makes them true. This is a remarkable phenomenon. I would venture to say earth shattering in its repercussions.
spiral staircase wallpaper
Jess Dixon in his flying automobile. “Built by Jess Dixon of Andalusia, Ala. Can fly forward, backward or straight up or hover in the air. Runs on road or flys across country. 40 H.P. motor, air cooled, speeds to 100 m.p.h.” Original photo by Kobel Feature Photos (Frankfort, Ind.). This low resolution print is courtesy State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/17346. According to this site, Jess and his flying car appeared in Mechanix Illustrated Nov. 1941.
One of the WP neighbors has a wonderful photo essay on old closed American textile mills, ” The Thread That Connects Us All “
Street in Venice, by John Singer Sargent 1882. oil on wood.
Alex Seitz-Wald gives the NRA some history lessons, The Hitler gun control lie. Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong
The 1938 law signed by Hitler that LaPierre mentions in his book basically does the opposite of what he says it did. “The 1938 revisions completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as well as ammunition,” Betancourt wrote. Meanwhile, many more categories of people, including Nazi party members, were exempted from gun ownership regulations altogether, while the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18, and permit lengths were extended from one year to three years.
Logic can suck sometimes. It hurts our brains and sometimes it is boring, but it is one of the things that separates us from scorpions,
Besides, Omer Bartov, a historian at Brown University who studies the Third Reich, notes that the Jews probably wouldn’t have had much success fighting back. “Just imagine the Jews of Germany exercising the right to bear arms and fighting the SA, SS, and the Wehrmacht. The [Russian] Red Army lost 7 million men fighting the Wehrmacht, despite its tanks and planes and artillery. The Jews with pistols and shotguns would have done better?” he told Salon.
Governments, including ours can be heavy-handed. Though if the gov’mint, i.e. the FBI, the DEA or ATF come for your ass, best to get a good lawyer rather than grab a gun; see Ruby Ridge.
Ruby Ridge was the site of a deadly confrontation and siege in northern Idaho in 1992…It involved Weaver, his family, Weaver’s friend Kevin Harris, and agents of the United States Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It resulted in the death of Weaver’s son Sammy, his wife Vicki, and Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan.
At the subsequent federal criminal trial of Weaver and Harris, Weaver’s attorney Gerry Spence made accusations of “criminal wrongdoing” against every agency involved in the incident: the FBI, USMS, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Idaho
I left out a sentence that claims the siege started because Randy Weaver refused to be an informant for the FBI. That is a ‘fact’ that is highly disputable.