This is our commander-in-chief

Just in case you missed it last evening at OoL, there are clear signs the Turks are the vanguard for a new push into Europe, this time aided and abetted by the quislings in positions of power.

And whom have they appointed to handle it? A Douglas Macarthur? A Patton? A Monty or Rommel? A Churchillian figure?

Guess again:

federica mogherini


#  Climate change or kangas climbing high?

kangas in winter

# Don’t know about you but this is music to my eyes and ears:

The Federalist publishes an advance copy of Trump’s remarks. These aren’t the remarks I, a follower of the man Swinburne contemptuously called the “pale Galilean,” would have liked to hear tonight. But from a strictly political point of view, this one is a winner that’s completely in touch with the cultural moment. Excerpts:

Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.

Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.

#  A couple from Unz worth reading:

#  Interesting paragraph:

If, like me, you get excited about new roads, railways and airports that allow humanity to dominate the natural world rather than be dominated by it, and if you’re enthusiastic about our unique capacity as intelligent beings to stick two fingers up at the oceans and rivers and vast expanses of space and time that separate us, then you’ll recognise that developments in these areas have been decidedly mixed in recent months.

#  Where could this be?

summer rome small

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]


  • 26 L of the A
  • 7 D of the W
  • 7 W of the W
  • 12 S of the Z
  • 66 B of the B
  • 52 C in a P (W J)
  • 13 S in the U S F
  • 18 H on a G C
  • 39 B of the O T
  • 5 T on a F

Hayk [Armenia]

Having now watched most of the available Conans, some things become clearer. That Jordan with the taciturn manner – that’s an act and the smile appears occasionally. The largish, cake-eating gentleman who said he doesn’t think about Conan at all – he’s the sidekick and mate.

Even so, I prefer this sort of thing below – comedians seem to make good travel guides, e.g. Michael Palin, or if travel writers have a sense of the absurd, e.g. Bill Bryson

Sad clip first:

Funnier one second:

Urartu was established in 860 BC and by the 6th century BC it was replaced by the Satrapy of Armenia. In the 1st century BC the Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great. Armenia became the first state in the world to adoptChristianity as its official religion.[22] In between the late 3rd century to early years of the 4th century, the state became the first Christian nation.[23][24][25]

Christianity spread into the country as early as AD 40. King Tiridates III (238–314) made Christianity the state religion in 301,[45][46]

The ancient Armenian kingdom was split between the Byzantine and Sasanian Empires around the early 5th century. Under the Bagratuni dynasty, the Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia was restored in the 9th century. Declining due to the wars against the Byzantines, the kingdom fell in 1045 and Armenia was soon after invaded by the Seljuk Turks. An Armenian principality and later a kingdom Cilician Armenia was located on the coast of the Mediterranean Seabetween the 11th and 14th centuries.

The Republic of Armenia recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world’s oldest national church, as the country’s primary religious establishment.[27][28] The unique Armenian alphabet was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.


On 24 April 1915, Armenian intellectuals were arrested by Ottoman authorities and, with the Tehcir Law (29 May 1915), eventually a large proportion of Armenians living in Anatolia perished in what has become known as the Armenian Genocide.

The genocide was implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.[61][62]

You think it could not happen to us with the huge influx of savages which May is doing nothing to try to reduce? Poor sods – beset on all sides by Muslim throwbacks – the bulls of Bashan could have been written to describe just such a thing.

On the heat and accusations of springbokism …

The chap was amazed I was complaining about this heat.

sicilian beach

“How could you be moaning about a bit of fine weather?” he was amazed.

“Because I’ve had a gutful of it, having spent so many years out of the country. So anything over 22 degrees is too much for me these days – look at my skin colour. That’s why [he knew I had a boat in the building], I’ve awnings and hardtops all over the place – you’re never open to the direct sun, unless you choose to take it down.”