Could I see Minutemen reenactors banned from Revolutionary War sites or Civil War reenactors banned from Gettysburg? If they were making a nuisance of themselves, yes. Rudy-era New York banning overly-pushy windshield-washers comes to mind.
That's the best American analogy to this story out of the Eternal City-
Impersonators of soldiers from ancient Rome have been a common sight at the Colosseum, Forum and other major sites, posing for photos in return for cash.
But from Thursday, the Centurions are outlaws - along with bicycle-drawn rickshaw drivers and ticket touts.
City commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca issued the decree ahead of the Catholic Jubilee year, an important tourist event starting on 8 December.
There's also a possible religious angle here. The centurions could well be case as heavies in the Gospel, being in charge of crucifixions, although one asked Jesus for a healing miracle. I don't see too many people wanting to do an imitation of Peter in Gethsemane (it was a good squad rather than a Roman legion in that passage, but the crazed person might ask for some poetic license) but if the focus of 2016 is Roman Catholic Rome rather than Imperial Rome, the centurions would be spoiling the mood, both thematically and from their pushiness.
It's likely more the pushiness that is at issue here, making it a Rudy-esque move by the city fathers.
One interesting thing that just came to me as I was writing is that they are marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II with said jubilee. Tridentine mass mavens and other conservatives might not be thrilled with that celebration, especially when Francis has leaned to the left on a number of fronts, although mostly on style than substance; his environment encyclical being one exception, and even that didn't upend core Catholic doctrine as best as this Bapticostal can tell.
The patent, which has been granted in the U.K. and the U.S. so far, describes a tower with a space launch platform on top that would initially be built to a height of around 20 kilometres high, but could theoretically be built to more than 200 kilometres high, and reach into low Earth orbit.
It would be made of stacked rings of Kevlar cells inflated with hydrogen or helium to an extremely high pressure. An elevator could ride up the tower, carrying spacecraft, satellites and other goods to be launched into space – along with tourists looking for an extraordinary view.
This is the paragraph that prompted grabbing the YouTube of Maybe Today to provide the graphics above-
Quine's invention isn't a traditional space elevator, an idea that has been kicking around since the late 19th century. The traditional concept consists of a fine cable with one end attached to weight in space, orbiting the Earth, and the other end tethered to the ground. The cable would be used as a track for attaching "climbers" carrying goods from one end to the other.
This isn't a traditional space elevator, it's a newfangled space elevator.
Here's a warped montage of Mark 5, using the two things that make Sundays Sunday.
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
"Looks like we have at least a two-possession game, folks. The new kid from Nazareth may have to go to a no-huddle offense here."
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He
gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the
pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep
bank into the lake and were drowned.
"Oh, my. Pork belly futures just jumped on the Chicago Merc, with the experts citing an act of God."
"Yep, Jim, the first recorded case of soo-eee-side. I think the home crowd is getting a bit ticked at that tour-de-force."
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
"Mr. Ben El might need a police escort out of the stadium after that one."
This is also the 43th anniversary of the Kent State shootings; what the rest of the world calls "Kent State" KSU folks call "May 4th." Strangly, I spent six years as a grad student at KSU in the 90s and had my first office a stone's throw away, but didn't get to the memorial site until seven years after I graduated and Eileen and I were back in the area for a job interview.
Interesting story on May Day in Seattle, where immigration reform was the theme of the organized protest during the day. Given Washington state's recent decriminalization of wacky tobaccy, this was cute-
Another [sign] said to heck with weed, “ ... legalize my mom.”
Later, a black-shirted goon squad took the streets; the police had to stop them from taking five-finger discounts at a mall.
The crowd stalled out at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street while people
tried to decide which direction to go. One woman said jokingly, “This is
the downside of anarchy. We need a leader.” A few men started talking
about going over to “mess with the cops.”
Three great oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, veteran suicide bomber and anarchist leader.
The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the
Mozambican part of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also covers South
Africa and Zimbabwe.
They were thought to be the last of an estimated 300 that roamed through the
special conservation area when it was established as "the world's
greatest animal kingdom" in a treaty signed by the three countries'
then presidents in 2002.
Oops; make that a rhino-free zone. It still might be a nice place to visit.
A Samurai-wielding Latter Day Saints bishop and others in Millcreek,
Utah, came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked and chased by a
former co-worker, authorities say.
[Kent] Hendrix was in the shower at approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday when his teenage son alerted him about a woman's screams for help, ABC 4 in Utah reported. Hendrix, a fourth-degree black belt, put on some clothes — and grabbed the 29-inch steel samurai sword he has owned since he was 17.
This sounds too much like something out of a sitcom; maybe Stewie making a run for some Moo Shoo Pork.
By the time police arrived to pull over the six-year-old boy, two
drivers of other vehicles had already boxed him into a turnaround, said
Engster. One reached into the window and pulled the keys out of the
The boy had taken the keys off the counter at home and
told the responding officer that he had never driven before and nobody
had taught him how.
"He said he'd never even sat on his dad's lap to steer the car or anything," said Engster.
police asked the boy why he took the car, he told them he was going to
get Chinese food. He had hit a "no left turn" sign on Park and Pine
streets near his home and, seeing the damage to the car, decided he
needed to head to the dealer to get it repaired.
Smart kid. Not the wisest kid on the planet, but gutsy. Hat tip to Joe Carter for scooping me in my own back-yard.
We're getting our first spring storm front of the year, with wall-to-wall rain for the last 24 hours or so. Louis XV must have died, for we now have le deluge.
The old wives tail is that the sound of thunder is angels bowling. An evening thunderstorm is thus "league night at Gabriel Lanes" in my parlance. Thus, this conversation this morning as a line of thunderstorms headed just north of us.
"Looks like it's open bowling at Gabriel Lanes up in Houghton Lake."
"Isn't a bit early for open bowling?"
"Well, you've got angels coming off the night shift looking for stuff to do."
Interesting piece on embalming, both the short-term open-casket version and the Lenin-style long-term version that is being proposed for Caesar Chavez I.
The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been met with mixed
feelings here in the US. But he was adored in his country, at least by
those who didn't despise him, so after his death, his vice-president,
Nicolas Maduro, stated that his body would be embalmed "like Lenin and
Mao Zedong," and displayed for a week.
But how do you display a body for an entire week?
Yes, like one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century; thankfully Chavez didn't have reeducation camps, but he seemed to come close to duplicating the Great Leap Backward
Dearborn gets a lot of interesting news stories, given its large Arab population, from in-your-face evangelists making jerks of themselves at Arab festivals to midnight starts of football practice to accomodate Ramadan fasting.
Authorities say that Charles Ross is known to go around Manatee
County and create situations in order to harass and annoy people while
filming their reaction for You Tube.
Last weekend, Ross, 18, of Bradenton, ended up in jail after police say he went on a wedgie spree at a theater.
say Ross was at Royal Palm Theater Sunday night with a friend and began
grabbing people by their pants and pulling them up hard, causing
A victim told deputies that Ross pulled up his pants,
wedgie-style, and then asked the victim if he wanted to hit him, all
while his friend was filming, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s
It would be fitting if someone did deck him; no jury would convict him. They might well convict Mr. Ross and sentence him to two years of watching Howard the Duck, but that might be unconstitutionally cruel.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/15/3183271/wedgie-spree-at-florida-theater.html#storylink=cpy
Prison officials in North Carolina are calling for a criminal
investigation after inmates alleged correctional officers forced them to
rub habanero hot sauce on their genitals, resulting in painful
That's what happens when you drop a waffle on the beach. If that happens to a Whopper later in the day, you get a Sandy Burger; you get insecure when that happens. Or, if the tyke gets loose on the beach, it's a Sandy Baby; that's John Riggins' favorite, even though that is a supreme courting of dissaster.
I got an interesting hit just now, for someone from Mongo, Indiana, looking for stuff on the Hampster Dance. Odd timing, since Alex Karras, who played Mongo in Blazing Saddles, just passed on earlier this week.
Code Pink members donned giant vagina costumes at the Republican
National Convention in August, but according to two group members
contacted by U.S. News, participants will be modestly dressed in the
conservative Muslim area.
Odd coalition of over-the-top left-feminists and sharia-lovers; the latter would be happy to kill the former as infidel scum except that they have a common foe in the US millitary. The ladies are modest only when it is expedient to do so.