Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hadrian’s Temple of Roma and Venus in Rome Italy

Temple of Roma and Venus (center)

The Roman emperor Hadrian built the largest temple in Rome dedicated jointly to the goddesses Roma and Venus. 

Statue of Roma standing

Statue of Roma seated

The temples were back to back, under one roof, with the temple of Roma facing west toward the traditional Roman Forum and the temple of Venus faced eastward toward the Coliseum.

Hadrian’s windowless temples would seem to have an Egyptian influence from his travels there and getting people into a spiritual mood amidst darkness and candlelight.  This, on a raised platform away from the street and foot traffic in the shadow of the Coliseum.

Venus apse

The image of Venus used in her temple was likely a copy of the Praxiteles Greek Venus with a Roman hairdo so famous at the time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_of_the_Quintilii

The Roma temple end of the complex was built on with a church of the new Mary, and opposed to the church of the old Mary, its name later changed to Santa Francesca.

The apse of the Venus temple is still visible to the public, where on Good Friday Easter stories and pageants are presented for the tourists.


Coliseum in Rome Named after Sun God Colossus Statue of Sol Invictus

The Flavian Amphitheatre, was originally built by the Flavian dynasty, Vespasian and his son Titus, the general that burned down Jerusalem in 70 CE.

The Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum in Rome eventually took on the name of the Colossus of Nero that changed its name and facial image over many centuries and stood in two different places outside the Coliseum.

Hadrian moved the colossus statue to make way for the largest temple in Rome dedicated jointed to the goddesses Roma and Venus  (roma – amor) built across from the coliseum.

The colossus was renamed in favor of the dominant Roman Sun god Sol Invictus.  Sol Invictus was an image that the Emperor Constantine used next to his own in coinage implying his equal status with the sun god.

The giant statue stood anywhere from 90 to 110 (27m to 33m) feet tall, approximately two-thirds of the height of the coliseum.

The bronze from the statue and most of the marble of the Coliseum was removed and recycled into the building of Saint Peter’s Basilica across the river Tiber.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiroshima - People Gather to Remember and Pray



Shards of 911 - Postscript - One Bankers Trust Plaza - 130 Liberty Street NYC

I saw a reminder on some blog last week about the upcoming eleventh anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

It took perhaps longer for me to forget some aspects of that day having worked across the street from the now defunct old World Trade Center for many years back in the eighties or thereabouts on a timeline.

The new World Trade Center is rising quite marvelously, taking its time to change the lower Manhattan skyline.

I call 130 Liberty Street by the title I knew it back when I worked there – One Bankers Trust Plaza.

The building was the back office of the main office of Bankers Trust Company on Wall Street which I think these days has a health spa in the gilded art deco main banking floor of that building and with I think condos now in old office space.  Things change especially in this virtual world.  Back offices in general in America these days are now in India and China courtesy of outsourcing. 

That bank eventually went under IMHO starting with the eighties, having put its old fashioned conservative banking sense, along with all its customer good will and corporate nest eggs into the new computer generated crap shoot game derivatives basket. Some German bank bought out the company in the nineties and what are left of old accounts on digital records are in that bank’s midtown offices and computer memory.

BT plaza had a nickname of the “BlackWidow” for some years.  She had been wounded in the World Trade center collapse and wore a dark fabric mesh covering for several years like a widow's veil.  But with insurances companies fighting and lawyers haggling, the building went to seed or more properly went to mold and the building was condemned, rather than clean her up and recycle its old function. 

No big profit to be had in retrofitting a 1970’s design building.  The bureaucrats made a handsome dime taking nine years and $300 million to tear it down and turn the building into an empty lot, waiting for some future billion dollar design office building or condos to stand one day in her old place.

This empty lot BTW is now being used as a staging area for tourists with tickets, to go across the street to visit the now opened 911 Memorial Fountains. 

Second Floor Lobby - BT Plaza

Skeletal outline of 1WTC (top) and 2WTC (bottom)

Tickets! All visitors to the Memorial must have their tickets out.

Without too much sentiment, looking at some of these photos of 911, I am reminded of a line by W.B. Yeats regarding that tragic day and use that poetic line in paraphrase – “A terrible beauty (was) born (on 911)”.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

How Many Billions is Mitt Romney Really Worth? – Is he cheating on his tithe to the LDS Church?

If you do not file taxes for ten years and a big thing about your religion is tithing 10%, then the LDS has to take Mitt’s word how much he makes and what he says is their 10% of what.

My personal gut reaction to Mitt’s supposed 240 million dollar fortune is like if he is so smart, why has his fortune just leveled off since he left Bain ten years ago?

How many billions is Mitt really worth?

But the source coming to Harry Reid for these revelations adds a level of intrigue. Reid just happens to be the highest-ranking member of the Mormon Church in the history of this nation.
It is likely that Senator Reid’s source shares the Mormon religion with Reid and Romney.
That message will not be lost on Romney. If the Bain fortress is not a fortress; if people are talking, Romney knows that trouble lies ahead.
And the motivation for this leak may not be political. It is likely personal and tied to the Mormon Church.
Specifically, if Romney was hiding money from the IRS he may have hidden money from his church.
It is expected that members of the Mormon Church tithe a minimum of ten percent of their incomes. But if Romney was not paying taxes and hiding money, then his disclosure – which itemizes deductions, including to the church – would tip off his actual income to the IRS.
Even more telling, Senator Reid specifically says that Romney’s father, George, would be ashamed of his son.


Truman Grandson Lays Wreath at Hiroshima

Harry Truman, much credit to his humanity, had considered a trip to Hiroshima.

But like so many things political in life, his visit to Hiroshima did not happen.

His grandson Clifton Truman Daniel has completed a link in the chain of life originating with his granddad.

TOKYO (AP) — A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.

Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

"I think this cenotaph says it all — to honor the dead to not forget and to make sure that we never let this happen again," Daniel said after offering a silent prayer.

Daniel, 55, is in Japan to attend ceremonies next week in Hiroshima and Nagasaki marking the 67th anniversary of the bombings. His visit, the first by a member of the Truman family...


Devil's Dictionary (Revised) - Ambrose Bierce - Definition of Homophobia

Hiding in a corner with your sexual fears masked in cock sure male (un)certainty – fear of what is sex, what is it all about, how do I use it, and with whom do I use it(?). The fear is not the Homo part but rather the “with whom” part regarding human sexuality.


Zombie Clint Eastwood Endorses Zombie Romney

BYU Nurses hate Obamacare

Chicago hates Zombies and Cardinal George


Friday, August 3, 2012

Chick-Fil-A – Kiss Friday – All You Need is Love

Thank You Chick-Fil-A Customers - Dan Cathy Keep Your Eye on The Governor's Mansion?

Pickrick - the Original Christian Chicken

In the true spirit of the south, of Georgia in particular, Dan Cathy can now run for Governor of Georgia having evoked the Almighty and sold a lot of shitty chicken - following the Chicken Restaurant (Pickrick) path to the Governor's mansion in the memory and evangelical Christian style of the late great Lester Maddox.

AND WE THANK HIM for the thousands of Georgians and Americans who have supported us as our customers and friends. You have made our effort possible. You have helped to keep the light of freedom burning and with your prayers, patronage, and support … we shall continue on until the light of freedom shall burn as it once did in mighty America. – Lester Maddox – Pickrick Chicken Restaurant – 2/13/65

Lester Maddox with his famous "Pickrick Drumstick", ax handle, for keeping the wrong sorts out of his chicken restaurant, if you know what (who) I mean - (wink,nod)

The more things change, the more they stay the same, especially in the South.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Devil's Dictionary (Revised) - Ambrose Bierce - Definition of Seminary

Where the young and or the gullible seek a lifetime meal ticket and spend 8-10 years being brainwashed into believing that they are so very special and somehow magically have all the answers regarding any current local tribal mythologies. 


The Second Coming - W B Yeats


Wendy's To Beat Chick-Fil-A In Franchising to Uganda

Chick-Fil-A is yet to break into the Bigtime diverse Chicago, Philly, NYC, Boston franchising arena.

Cardinal George of Chicago is rooting for Chick-Fil-A BTW as his choice for Catholic Values Fast Food.

Wendy's in Columbia SC, one of a 74 chain Wendy's subdivision operated by Jim Furman, Tarheel Capital, is rooting for the competition, as seen above, in serving unwholesome mechanically separated tortured chicken as opposed to good old A-merican Beef.

Rumor has it that Wendy's will beat Chick-Fil-A into the East African franchising market namely Uganda where Evangelical Christian fast food must bribe the local pols with cash and have a uniquely American version, of the Christianity Hate Brand seal of approval.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Charles Krauthammer, Would be White House Interior Decorator

Yellow rat bastard journalist Charles Krauthammer got an apology from some Obama flunky who fucked up on White House decorative artwork inventory and should be fired for incompetence.

The ugly little bust of Churchill that the ugly little Bush president had in his Oval Office is not the same one as in the family’s private quarters. Whatever.

In any case, the ugly little coded racist meme of Charles Krauthammer still is the whole point of that meme, whereby the illegitimate, without a birth certificate African is not intelligent enough, white enough or free enough to decorate his own office space. (Krauthammer’s Burden)

Krauthammer, interior decorator to Roger Ailes bunker over at Fox News, decides with voodoo, astrology and personal compulsive obsessive disorder what the Obama foreign policy should be based on decorator commission fees that only the Romneys, with their stolen white trash wall street wealth, can afford.

Whatever again. 

Jesus Was A Vegan

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Emeli Sande - Hope


Deadbeat Romneys Mitt and Ann – ZERO TAXES PAID FOR 10 YEARS – Congressional Rumor

You People. You Little People.  You Stupid Taxpaying Little People.

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader, is passing along this rumor from a fellow Bain mate of Mitt to say he paid ZERO taxes for ten years.


China Criticizes Romney’s Inept Dangerous Jerusalem Remarks

Romney’s silver foot in his mouth again threatens war in the Middle East per Chinese.

China says Romney comments calling Jerusalem capital of Israel could incite war in Middle East

China criticized Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying that the United States­ presidential candidate's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel could worsen an already tense Middle East situation, or even re-ignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.
A commentary Tuesday by the official Xinhua News Agency said Romney's "hawkish remarks" ignored the sensitive nature of Jerusalem. It said the comments disregarded the Palestinians' claim to the war-won eastern sector of the city, which was annexed by Israel in 1967 in a move that is not internationally recognized.
Romney also suggested during a trip to Israel that he was open to move the U.S.­ Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something the Israelis have long sought but the U.S. ­has refused to do because it would imply recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.
"Romney's remarks totally neglect historical facts and are actually irresponsible if he just meant to appeal to voters at home," Xinhua said

Cardinal George of Chicago Questions Rahm Emanuel’s Jewish Values – Chick-Fil-A

Cardinal George of Chicago, a Christian Evangelical Conservative has come down on the side of Dan Cathy’s conservative Christian hatred of gays and the funding of gay hate projects, some co-sponsored by the Catholics.

These days, the conservative Catholic Hierarchy have in all but exact word and deed negated the brotherhood and sisterhood generated towards other faiths out of Vatican II.

Along with forgetting Vatican II is the negation Pope Paul VI’s wrongful Catholic blame of the Jews for the mythical figure of Jesus and his death. Read Cardinal George's revised remarks below on that chestnut. RIP Paul VI.  RIP Vatican II.

So when I hear Heir George speak about Rahm Emanuel’s values I know what the coded anti-Semite message is (wink, nod).

Prove me wrong! Show me one photo of Cardinal George standing next to Mayor Emanuel, shaking hands and "smiling".

Cardinal George on Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ flick:

…There is a priest in the archdiocese who has a lot of experience in filmmaking, and he has sent out to the parishes all the information on the film and how to participate in viewing it. I have sent out the documents from Rome and the USCCB on how to read the Passion stories in the Gospels. I would encourage people to see the film. 

I would then say something else. We should see it not only as Christian believers; we should try to watch it with the eyes of the Jewish people. 

The history of anti-Semitism, a very sorrowful history, has made many Jews very sensitive to any recognition that even some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus. Obviously some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus. He had enemies among his own people. His apostle Judas betrayed him and some of the leaders of the people were against him. Read the Gospels. At the same time, all Jesus' friends were Jews, as were the first apostles and disciples - everybody was a Jew within this story, except the Romans who, in fact, killed him. They killed him in their own fashion - a terrible execution, torture. And all of that torture is attributed to the Romans in the film. 

But the push to have him condemned is attributed to some of the Jewish leaders, even though the Romans are primarily responsible. Jesus had enemies among his own people. He also had friends and disciples among his own people. Jesus was a Jew. And you can hardly tell the story of Jesus' life, certainly not the story of his death, without saying that some Jews did this and some Jews did that.
 – Cardinal George 13 February 2004 - St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, River Forest, Illlinois

NBC Censors Religion at Olympic Opening Ceremony

The seven minute tribute to the July 7 (7/7) terrorist bombing in London removed by NBC because of dumbed down “American tastes” and replaced with an interview with Michael Phelps was due more to the Christian Hymn “Abide with me” that accompanied the choreography of the tribute.

Here for you dumb Americans, some education:

Here is some of what you missed, not a perfect copy:


Jesus - Stoned at a Gay Wedding - Paolo Veronese 1563

The center of the largest painting in the Lourve, a personal favorite of Napoleon, is Jesus looking all stoned and dare I say it drunk like any normal guy on his wedding day. Next to him is his mom and his partner on his left, (holding hands?) looks to be a bit older, balding and with a beard, no doubt this is a second marriage for him I would think. Probably has got a good business and is well heeled, otherwise mom would look upset. Right?

No gay wedding cakes back then.

I count five seated women in a room including mom with at least a hundred guys all crawling over each other trying to score. There are three, maybe four, other females hanging off balconies? 

If this ain’t a gay wedding, I don’t know what is.

Enlarge the image and see for yourself on above link.

The happy couple is registered at Bed Bath and Camel.



Monday, July 30, 2012

Jack Phillips' Cupcakes Suck? – Lakewood Colorado, Buckle of the Denver Tighty Whitey Belt

I stand by Jack Phillips right to refuse service to anybody.

I am bothered by it. It reminds me of the days of civil rights in the sixties when Jim Crow Laws had stood unchallenged for decades both north and south.

It bothers me that a successful business man can actually think that he did it all by hisself “I built it myself” and nobody in the community bothered anywhere along the way, education, loans, roads, customer good will etc.

I begin to realize why the “tighty whitey” bubble burb atmosphere surrounding Denver builds mega churches and indirectly sponsors massacres like Columbine and Aurora.

This Facebook fuss is all about a gay couple wanting to exchange vows of love and commitment in an uncertain world to each other. And wanting to buy a wedding cake from Jack who refused the honor.

I have suffered my share of stares and discrimination over the decades because my wife was Hispanic.  I know that there are two Americas, one rich, one poor, one white, one all-others, and now it is one pure male hetero and one all-others including all women as well. The rich pure white male so-called heteros are a dying minority.  Let their legacy of hate covered in sickeningly sweet cake icing die out soon in my great diverse American county.

I hope Jack Phillips enjoys making cupcakes that only his Tighty Whitey minority neighbors enjoy. I wish him luck in his business and I pray one day before he dies, he becomes a human being.

Have a nice day Jack.