Santa Claus did not abide false doctrine…if history is any judge.
Legend has it Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (who is said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus), struck Arius the heretic for denying Christ’s eternality and God’s true nature during his speech at the Council of Nicea in AD 325.
Scythed chariot attack at the Battle of Gaugamela (331 BC)
Darius III even flattened the battlefield so that his scythed chariots could race across them and cut the Macedonian army to shreds. What must he have thought when he saw the phalangites avoid the chariots by simply moving to one side?
Get your Blood Moving!
I know, Mike_C, the German tankers all seem to be from the patriarchy – toxically male. Not my fault.
** Just because I’m old doesn’t mean that you’re out of range.
** In the USA – over eleven years, 115 people died in weightlifting mishaps. During the same time, one person died while eating doughnuts. Make good choices. Avoid the Darwin Award.
** Where is it? (h/t Claudio) If Claudio knows, he isn’t telling.
** Mishaps – November 28, 2023: Russia is suffering a growing number of attacks, accidents or whatever incidents involving defense activities inside Russia. The government says recent railroad accidents include derailments and damage to signaling and communications equipment. The Russian railroads are state-owned and operated and move over 40 percent of Russia’s freight, often through areas where there is no other form of freight transportation. Ukrainian sabotage teams have also caused fires or explosions in factories producing munitions or components for complex weapons like guided missiles. The Russian government prefers to avoid discussion of Ukrainian special operations forces being responsible for sabotage inside Russia.
** The Gaza Laundry is Closing – Israel is currently seeking out and destroying any Hamas presence in Gaza. The 2.3 million Arabs living there now will be left in peace as long as they are peaceful. Israel will control security, education, government, and the administration of the economy, plus foreign aid. The latter will produce much outrage from non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and officials of foreign governments who have been taking rake-offs from the aid they had nominally provided to Hamas and its Al Fatah predecessor in Gaza.
Israel has long allowed Palestinians to enter Israel to work in Israel. Palestinian leaders opposed this, but Palestinians pointed out that Israel offered paying jobs, something Palestinian leaders were unable to do. Palestinian leaders administered millions of dollars sent each year to Palestinian governments in the West Bank (Al Fatah) and Gaza and stole much of most of it. Arabs who were Israeli citizens noted that Israeli government officials were more honest, and the Israeli economy provided good jobs for its Arab citizens as well as some Palestinians. About a quarter of the Israeli population is Arab, and the Arab citizens do not have to serve in the military, although some volunteer.
** Surely not everybody was kung fu fighting.
** The Lab at the White Wolf Mine? No, LSP, that’s the Village on the Island where I’m only known as #6…
The team at dinner…
Identify the Aircraft
Old NFO just had a birthday. He’s the only person I know who is old enough to remember this event firsthand.