Category Archives: History

National Emergencies

If Trump declares one to get the Southern border wall built, it will be the 59th declared since Congress passed the National Emergencies Act in 1978. Thirty one are still in force.

Of course the Dims would go to the courts to fight Trump and try to legislate their way out of it. Remains to be seen.

Via The Conversation

Tasteful Pussy

This is old about Playboy mag’s decline and revival but new to me and therefore…

Tasteful, via commenter rhhardin, I guess, is a side shot of pubic hair. Or, via Laslo Spatula, the immortal nude cleft. Leave the gaping, reddish wide, to porn.

Via Althouse

Rona Ramon, 1964-2018

“In a life touched by tragedy, Rona Ramon, wife of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, was determined to choose life – and to help others cope with grief and sorrow as well. Rona died from pancreatic cancer on December 17, 2018 at the age of 54, but her legacy of hope and resilience endures.”

Via Aish

The first thing Chavez took were the guns

“Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez initially ran  a months-long amnesty program encouraging Venezuelans to trade their arms for electrical goods. That year, there were only 37 recorded voluntary gun surrenders, while the majority of seizures – more than 12,500 – were by force.”

Now, as Venezuelans flee and the state crumbles, no arms are legally obtainable.

“A former gun store owner inside Venezuela – who told Fox News he has now been relegated to only selling fishing supplies since the ban – said he can’t sell any type of weaponry – even a slingshot – and underscored that even BB ammunition and airsoft guns are only issued to police and military officers. The punishment for illicit carrying or selling a weapon now is 20 years behind bars.”

Via Fox News

Beto for prez

“Dems love a Kennedy. Beto might not have the pedigree, but he has the requisite driving skills.”—Jim Treacher

And he can lie with the best of them.

Treacher: “That might be why some have described Beto as ‘the white Obama.’ Which is an insult. To Obama.”

Gold trove at Caesarea

From the time of the Crusader conquest of the city and the massacre of its inhabitants, someone hid the gold but never retrieved it.

“… as the levant’s primary port, Caesarea has been a critical link in trade routes since it was constructed by Herod the Great. Excepting Acco, Israel’s coast had little by way of natural ports. Herod’s ambitious and impressive feat in constructing an artificial port at Caesarea using under-water cement changed the nature of coastal trade in Israel.”

Via Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Lost in the pooper

There’s a reason archaeologists often find interesting rings in ancient crappers. The hand that wiped sometimes lost them.