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On page 1,957 of the reconciliation bill, Democrats included a $1.67 billion special tax handout to media companies, under the guise of helping “local” journalists. Journalists do so very much these days to keep the democrat party going. It’s important to recognize their efforts (zerohedge).

The provision is a product of the DC lobbying swamp and will benefit large, failing media corporations such as CNN.

Gannett corporation — publisher of USA Today — could get as much as $127.5 million of the bounty.


Wall of the Temple of Horus in Edfu, built by the Ptolemids between 237 and 57 BC.


The Flodden Wall

The disastrous Battle of Flodden was fought and lost in 1513, when an invading Scots army was defeated by the English at Flodden, in Northumberland.

Fearing a retaliatory attack, Edinburgh’s town council resolved to strengthen the walls surrounding the city, some of which had stood since the 12th century. Completed in 1560, the Flodden Wall, 1.2 meters thick and up to 7.3 meters high, never faced an English invasion, but it did prove very useful for regulating trade and preventing smuggling, as it forced all traffic to enter the city via one of the six gates – the Netherbow, Bristo, Cowgate, Potterrow, West and New Ports.

Initially encircling an area of just under 57 hectares, and a population of around 10,000, the Flodden Wall marked the city limits until the 18th Century, by which time the population had multiplied at least five-fold and was bursting at the seams.

Though much was dismantled, three sections of the wall still survive: in Greyfriars Kirkyard, where it is embedded with tombstones; along the narrow Vennel leading to the Grassmarket; and running down Drummond Street to the Pleasance.

I lived in Edinburgh, adjacent to the remains of the Flodden Wall in a flat. The city was magical to me then and it remains so.



The movie “The Three Musketeers” is playing on the flat screen in the den while I’m blogging on the computer. Why didn’t they ever carry muskets if they were musketeers?

Of course, they used both swords and muskets, but one of those was more glamorous for a novel and a movie. Early muskets were very heavy, were of wheellock or matchlock design, and took a long time to load. Even the later muskets were not very accurate and were fired in volley by more than three men in hope of getting a single hit.

The reign of Louis XIII and the first musketeers of the guard predates the (French) revolutionary wars by 150 years.

The evolution of uniforms for the King’s Musketeers


Seventeenth-century pike and shot



Much as in the way poppies are used in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries for remembrance, cornflowers -which also grew on battlefields even after being churned up by artillery fire- are used in France to remember WW1 and generally as a symbol of solidarity with veterans.

While poppies were chosen following John McCrae’s 1915 poem, cornflowers became linked to the Great War in 1916 when Suzanne Lenhardt and Charlotte Malleterre, a war widow and orphan respectively, set up small workshops, where mutilated or otherwise incapacitated soldiers returning from the war could work on making fabric and paper cornflowers to sell on the street as a way to reinsert themselves into society and make some money.




Pizza Preferences

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  1. Pigs, pizzas, and walls. You never know what you’re going to find when you visit this blog.

    Pizza Hut win hands down when it comes to pizza – there’s something magical about their crispy base.

    1. Agree about Pizza Hut. The one closest to us closed, and the remaining one is on the other side of town, so we’ve been going to Mod Pizza, which is just as good.

    2. Bleh. I miss the pizza that made the Hut famous. Thick chewy crust pizza that wasn’t slathered in butter and garlic. Much better flavor in the late 70’s.

  2. Mrs. worked at Pizza Hut in college, and once stole a po-lease car whilst on shift. Obviously, I married above my pay grade.

    1. I have never heard that. What was produced north of the wall that was traded? Then there was Antonine’s Wall that ran from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

      I lived in Carlisle, Cumbria, near the western terminus of Hadrian’s wall for a time. It was a turf wall by the time it hit Carlisle, but still formidable, I expect.

      It’s true that the walls were markers, and that they were manned, but after a time the actual legions withdrew and there were auxiliary troops doing that duty.

      My sense from reading is that there was a lot of livestock raiding south of the wall (before there was a wall). The wall stopped most of that because the Picts couldn’t get the raided livestock over the wall before the Roman response fell on them. Now, the Romans could raid north of the wall and “reclaim” livestock. I know that happened.

      1. I got that initially off the History of Rome podcasts Mike Duncan put out, but did do much follow up on it. (I’m sure that isn’t his only inaccuracy) Yours is much more likely to be the real reason.

  3. Pizza Hut started in a small building by the Wichita State campus by the Carney brothers. They grew exponentially involving many of their college fraternity buddy’s. They were very responsive to their customers needs, until Pepsi bought them out and moved the company out of Wichita to Dallas. Now they are, in my opinion, just the McDonald’s of the pizza world.

    1. I think that’s a fair characterization.

      There is a pizza hut an hour’s drive northeast from me, but they don’t deliver to the White Wolf Mine.

  4. Pizza map is misleading – nobody ever eats chain pizza by preference in the NE Corridor between Philly and Portland. Chain pizza mostly only survives by delivery here.


  5. There was a newspaper headline from the 1990’s that had the headline ‘Cities Get Bum Rap for Violence’. The article listed the murder rate, per 100,000, of London around the late 12th century versus Detroit in the 1990’s. The London rate was 4 times greater that Detroit’s. It also listed Amsterdam’s rate from the 13th century, which was a bit over twice Detroit’s rate.
    At the time, when I read it, I thought the headline should have read ‘Firearms Get Bum Rap for Violence’.

  6. The Pizza chain I buy from only has 2 restaurants. Both are in NE Atlanta and advertise New York style pizza but if you read the fine print it is Brooklyn style pizza. The family that owns it is 4th generation Italian/Greek heritage Americans that moved from Brooklyn to NE Atlanta in the mid 90’s.

    1. That sounds like it’s good pizza.

      Dave Portnoy hits another iconic Chicago deep-dish joint in Lou Malnati’s. A passerby grabs a slice and goes completely against the rules. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Dave’s pizza reviews, but I can watch them for a long time. Naturally, it makes me hungry for pizza.




      and Little Caesar’s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitVv83o3ko

      1. I remember my Brother-in-Law who was dating my sister at the time (they were ten years ahead of me) taking me as a kid to the grand opening of a Little Caesars. They started in 59, but this would’ve been like ’62 I think. It was a big deal.

  7. The 3 Musketeers header picture? That’s my favorite 3 Musketeers movie!
    I would not have guessed the Pizza Hut was the big one, then again it’s been some time since I lived at a place that had a Pizza Hut or for that matter was close enough to have pizza delivered by anyone.
    Just last year Belfair, WA (1/2 hour drive) got a Domino’s and it had a Papa Murphy’s, I know there is a Pizza Hut in Olympia & the internet says there is one in Bremerton and Port Orchard.

    I made pizza two days ago, it’s that or the drive into town when I want pizza.

    1. Same here. If I want pizza, I have to make it. I’m not into defrosting it unless I’m in distress.

  8. Lately I’ve been led to study Etymology & Semantic Etymology under protection of the Holy Spirit, & my senses are tingling & some keywords come to mind, like: Parasite invasion, dark strangers, dark Wizards, dark ages, Medieval sorcery, spidwers weaving SPELLS, false light wickedness, capturing, containing, humanity through the use of sigils, they deceptively cap-tain the sleeping masses, strongly suggesting to : Fear-, Follow, -Fight, -Feed, -Flee, -Fornicate, etc. etc. .
    We can Dis-spell it, the Whole World Is waking up, this is a great article & if we look w/ our “I” eye w/ “I’s” to see (our collective Christ consciousness ) in HIS genius “God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore, they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God be called according to God’s purpose by his Spirit working in due season: they through Grace obey the calling: they be justified freely: they be made sons of God by adoption: they be made like the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ: they walk religiously in good works, and at length, by God’s mercy, they attain to everlasting felicity. [From article xvii of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England]

  9. “On page 1,957 of the reconciliation bill, Democrats included a $1.67 billion special tax handout to media companies,”
    In other words, a bribe.

    Dominoes pizza beats even the “artisan” pizza joints I’ve been to in Ann Arbor.
    I’ve had pizza in Chicago. Meh.

    And the Pizza Hut locally was long a source of gastro distress.
    The Health Department finally figured out why, but it broke my habit of going there.

  10. Pizza was a staple for my kids in their teens. As a single custodial parent working stupid hours, it was a way to put a hot meal on the table quickly. Locally, the tiny Little Caesars has a line out to the sidewalk most evenings. With most ingredients banned by my food list, it is one piece from a convenience store when I get weak.

  11. Local pizza for me is mostly from a single-location shop a couple of blocks away owned by a Greek couple. Frankly the pizza is not very good these days (the person who used to make decent pizza had to be laid off, and now the pizza is invariably overcooked to a crisp) but the owners are nice people and I’m trying to do my bit to help them stay open. Now that the local college is back in session I think they are doing better, but during the spring and summer (college closed due to The Coof) there were days I’d walk into the empty shop and the owner would sigh, “You know Mike, half the days we are open we lose money just by being here.”

    When visiting the midwest it’s Little Caesar’s for me, mainly on the strength of a commercial they once ran. I’m astonished the commercial is still up on Youtube. Even though Domino’s is now owned by Bain or some other soul-sucking corporate entity I still avoid it, being the opposite of a fan of Tom Monaghan. My understanding is that he was rather unkind to his mother. Perhaps for reasons he believed to be good, but still. All the charitable work and donations and public piety do not make up for being a shit to your own mother. You don’t have to like her, but if you are a billionaire you could at least see to it that she lived in something approximating comfort. At least that’s how I see it.

  12. Virtual Mirage is a Great local media site; I highly recommend people stop by to read breaking news there each day. I am sure Virtual Mirage will use the quarterly $12,500 tax credit per employee to good effect.

  13. Gannett bought the local newspaper and it went from really great to really crappy overnight.

  14. Once upon a time, I could get high school and college students to help me move, with the promise of pizza and soft drinks after the move was over.
    This was in Lincoln, NE, where they had a mom-and-pop pizza place that everyone loved.
    After a lot of years, the owner/operators retired and a commercial group bought it out and turned it into a grouping of chain pizza restaurants. The quality dropped some, but it was still fairly decent pizza.

  15. LL since there is a huge amount of grift/bribe/payoff/payback/palm greasing, etc…cashola in the BBB government printed cheese “bill”, that few have actually read, thinking we all qualify for a mall bit of it…say, a Mil each. Gotta be wording somewhere in all those tree killing printed pages.

    Pizza Hut, consistently good and a favorite if we eat in house, otherwise it’s Papa Murphy’s from the Laramie shop because even Dominos can’t deliver to us. BUT, if I ever get back to PA for a visit (not looking good since their governor is worse than Colorado’s), it’s Guiseppe’s Pizza for me…best ever, and their cheese steaks, hands down, beat Pat’s or Gino’s in Philly.

    1. Need to watch both that Musketeers flick again, and, The Man the Iron Mask.

      Scotland was on my bucket list, stirs the spirit seeing those pictures.

  16. Having read and love the unabridged translated version of the whole ‘D’Artagnan’ series (like, oh, 40ish books, Dumas was paid by the word and it showed) the only movie(s) that meet my high expectations are the two with Michael York as D’Artagnan, Oliver Reed as Athos and Charlton Heston as Cardinal Richelieu. Both movies (Three Musketeers and Four Musketeers) followed the action and plot of the original story, and the actors all made the movie. Previous versions whittled down too much of the story and later versions kept the names but changed the plot way too much.

    Charlton Heston played Richelieu perfectly. Urbane, intelligent, a dangerous foe, but not evil, actually a major patriot towards France.

    And the costuming was far superior to any later movies except maybe the latest “Man in the Iron Mask” movie (which is, yes, part of the D’Artagnan series.)

    Sets were perfect. Music was perfect, the weapons were perfect. Even the saddles and other horse furniture were correct (nothing screams bullscat like a western saddle in a European movie.)

    Bah. The rest are all garbage. Complete garbage. If the costuming and weapons wouldn’t pass muster at a Renn Faire, then GARBAGE.

    Now ask me about the best ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ever. Hint. Olivia Hussey as Juliet and Michael York as Tybalt. Why? Because the kids are.. teenagers. The costuming rocks, the weapons, the buildings (well, except for the WWII bulletholes, oops) and the music are all fantastic. Any other adaptation pales in comparison.

    Also ask me about the best ‘Taming of the Shrew’ which Richard Burton as Petruchioand Elizabeth Taylor as Katerina and… Michael York as Lucentio. Again, emphasis on correct costuming and sets, of music and speech patterns.

    Seems young Michael York was in some damned good movies.

  17. As to pizza, the local regional grocery chain sells a very good pizza crust. That chain is Publix and is the reason the Southeast is the best place to live in the world. Nice and chewy, makes a good yeasty dough for a small pizza or cram them together if you (like me) are a glutton about some things. Classico pizza sauce, shredded cheese and Boar’s Head pepperoni. Very tasty. I do that once a month.

    For the wife, I make a gluten-free dough using Pamela’s Pizza Flour and lots of other things that gives a really good bread quality to her pizza. That’s the standard Saturday meal for her.

    Compared to even Domino’s, I do a much better pizza. I could even make my own dough for my pizza, but I’m a tad lazy and will just indulge.

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